Waitomo Adventures - Haggas Honking Holes

At times likened to being flushed down a hole on a rope this caving expedition packs a lot into only four hours - you'll encounter abseils (often in waterfalls), rock climbs, unique limestone formations and get up close to glowworms while exploring this fantastic cave system.


  • Waitomo’s most intense action adventure
  • A 30 metre abseil to enter the cave system plus two phenomenal waterfall abseils
  • Rock climbing challenges
  • Beautiful delicate cave formations and Glow worm display
  • Two guides, max 10 clients
  • Free personalised photos
  • Great winter trip - cave never floods

Are you up for Waitomo's most intense Action Adventure?

Haggas Honking Holes is fast-paced and packed with excitement and adventure.

At times likened to being flushed down a hole on a rope, this caving expedition packs a lot into only four hours - you'll encounter abseils (often in waterfalls), rock climbs, unique limestone formations and get up close to glowworms while exploring this fantastic cave system.

Full equipment and training are provided so no prior experience is necessary to enjoy Haggas Honking Holes. Participants should, however, be fit and brave.

There's no swimming required but you're definitely going to get wet! This is a great winter trip, the cave never floods!

Waitomo Adventures are a consistent Certificate of Excellence Winner with Trip Advisor and are ranked the number 1 attraction in the area with a 5-star rating - Come and see for yourself why this is a must-do attraction in an experience that will remain with you forever

Photography: Personalised photos are provided to clients via the internet at no extra charge. No client photography equipment is permitted. Please inquire if you require a private photography tour.

Location: 1227 Waitomo Valley Road, Waitomo 

Fitness Test: If the guide(s) on the day have any doubt about a client’s fitness they may ask them to prove it by completing a fitness-test. One quick and simple test we may use is “to step up and down a 20 cm (8 inches) step not less than 45 times in 60 seconds”. We strongly recommend clients complete this test before they book their activity and before they travel to Waitomo. Clients may also be requested to submit to breath-testing for alcohol or other drugs. Where appropriate, guides may at their sole discretion cancel a departure or remove an unsuitable client from a departing trip for any safety-related reason.

Pregnancy: We do not recommend abseiling ( rappelling ) during the 1st and 3rd trimester due to the need to wear a tight-fitting harness across your waist during the abseil.

All pregnant clients wishing to participate in one of our adventure options must provide a medical certificate from their General Medical Practitioner confirming that they are fit for abseiling ( rappelling ) and caving.

This policy is required for us to comply with the NZ Adventure Safety Regulations.

Per Person $195.00

What's included

  • 5mm Wetsuit, gumboots and all specialist caving gear.
  • Hot showers provided before heading back to Waitomo.


  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience


  • 1227 Waitomo Valley Road, Waitomo


  • Important: Discount bookings cancelled by you the customer are strictly non-refundable. Discount bookings cancelled well in advance (48hrs+) may at the operator's sole discretion be eligible for a return voucher to enjoy the activity at another date.

    Minimum 2 participants per trip. Singles waitlisted to confirm.

    Minimum Age: 15 Years. All children 15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or mature adult known to the child and aged 18 years and older.

    Group sizes: 10 people max (Larger group format also available).

  • What to Bring: Please bring swimwear, shower items, towel, and thick socks that cover the ankle.

Available Bookings from January 21 to January 27

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  • Per Person$156.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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VISNJA MCWHINNEY from Canada wrote on 08 March 2020

Amazing Cave Experience!

This was our first caving adventure and we absolutely loved it. Our two guides were amazing and made the experience very memorable! We highly recommend this adventure!

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bevc from New Zealand wrote on 08 October 2020

Awesome from start to finish

An excellent adventure from start to finish. Nick made us very welcome at check-in and ramped up our excitement. Then we set off with the friendly Joel who was super safety conscious but still maintained the fun and excitement. We abseiled down waterfalls, crawled through gaps we thought we'd never get through, rocked climbed and saw wonderous natural formations, and of course glowworms. Joel was very knowledgeable - there wasn't a question he couldn't answer and gave us so much interesting information on everything! Would definitely recommend, and would love to return another day for more adventures.

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akashaw from New Zealand wrote on 05 October 2020

Fantastic and exhilarating experience

I was apprehensive of spending 3-4 hours underground, being a bit of a claustrophobic person... I am so glad I came! The guide was an absolute pro, highly trained and capable with fantastic knowledge of the geology and ecology of the caves. The abseiling down cave waterfalls was incredibly fun and I found there was far too much going on to have any time to be anxious. Its such a wonderful combination of activities, and there was even time to sit in the pitch black darkness and feel peaceful 85m under the earth. My sister and I had such a wonderful time and would recommend this to anyone who is up for a bit of adventure.

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Alyse Kerridge from New Zealand wrote on 05 October 2020

Awesome experience

Super amazing experience, our guide was Joel and he was great!

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Olivia Hong from New Zealand wrote on 04 October 2020

Absolutely Fantastic!!!

Highly recommend this experience for those who love adventure with a bit of challenge. The experience itself was really exciting, but the caves were just absolutely amazing, no words to describe, have to see for yourself! The operator was really kind and accommodating to our last minute situation, and the guides were super friendly and knowledgeable, made us feel safe the entire time. This was 100% worth it and we would definitely love to go back and do the other options!

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