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Waitomo Adventures - Lost World Epic Tour - 7 Hours

Experience the most adventurous and dramatic caving experience in the world with Waitomo Cave's ultimate caving tour!

Experience the most adventurous and dramatic caving experience in the world with Waitomo Cave's ultimate caving tour!


  • The biggest Adventure Caving Activity in New Zealand, run by the same operators since 1987
  • Majestic 100 metre abseil
  • Homemade lunch and BBQ dinner from local suppliers, cooked by your guides. Dietary requirements catered for.
  • Beautiful Glow worm displays throughout the tour, culminating with the magnificent Glow worm chamber
  • Two guides, max 8 clients
  • Free personalised photos

Descend the world's highest commercial abseil into a cave - engulfed by 330 feet of surrealistic beauty.

Once inside, the adventure has only just begun as you plunge into a raging subterranean river and head for the submergence - swimming and climbing through cathedral-sized vaults, jumping and climbing through underground waterfalls and overcoming the cauldron and shin breaker alley on the way.

No experience is required for you to take on the challenge of one of the most special and wild places in the world - a remote wilderness in its natural, pristine state.

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.

Per Person $845.00

What's included

  • Wetsuits, gumboots and all specialist gear.
  • Lunch and Dinner are provided on the trip (Please let us know on the booking form if you have any special dietary requirements).
  • Hot showers provided before heading back to Waitomo


  • Allow approximately 7 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.

    Requirements: Be reasonably fit, at least 15 years of age and fit through our cave crawl squeeze test.

    Group sizes:8 people max (Larger group format also available).

    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.

    Photography: Personalised photos are provided to clients via 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

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

    Fitness Test:If the guide(s) on the day have any doubt about a clients 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.

Available Bookings from 19 Jul to 1 Aug 2024

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Per Person$845.00

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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Edward Lawley from New Zealand wrote on 30 May 2022

Best Experience Ever

Joel and Harrison were the best guides anyone could ever ask for. The trip was incredible in its own right but these guys really did make it special for us. Would return again in a heartbeat!

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From Waitomo Adventures - Lost World Epic Tour - 7 Hours

Thanks Edward You guys were wonderful ! We really appreciate your taking the time to comment. ...and we ARE very proud of this trip... It's "Wot We Do". It's our flagship. The only trick is getting people in and out safely. ...but you were the perfect people to do this trip and we hope you can now hold that memory as a "very cool thing" in your memories. Regards Nick

Jonathan West from New Zealand wrote on 28 December 2021

The best experience!

Truly amazing guides who take the time and effort to make this such a wonderful experience! The abseil at the beginning is just phenomenal and that is only the start! Swimming through canyons and seeing glow worms - WOW! Book it now - so so so worthwhile!

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From Waitomo Adventures - Lost World Epic Tour - 7 Hours

Thanks so much for your kind words Jonathan They are much appreciated - especially during these pandemic times ! We're delighted that you could come & check out our amazing wee piece of NZ.

wayne smith from New Zealand wrote on 30 May 2021

7 Hour Epic

What an adventure. A big thanks to our guides Joel , Harrison and Amy made the day so much fun. The 7 hour Epic has to be on everyone's to do list

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Antonia Garhammer from Germany wrote on 01 May 2022

Awesome adventure

What a great adventure. The is one of the nicest things I did in my life. Joel and Harrison a two nice guides with a lot of knowledge about the cave. I felt safe the entire tour because of the good explanation from the guides. It is incredible what nature can create. The Abseil is one of the best parts. What an incredible feeling when you are hanging in that huge hole and the sun is shining inside. We have seen so many glow worms at different parts of the cave. Just an awesome adventure, would do it again.

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From Waitomo Adventures - Lost World Epic Tour - 7 Hours

Thanks Antonia ! we feel very lucky to be custodians of the cave but also to have knowledgeable, appreciative visitors like you :) This is by far NZ's biggest underground adventure and we hope to continue to offer this experience for people like you for many years to come.

B Metcalfe from New Zealand wrote on 18 April 2022

Lost World Epic

Really enjoyed the trip. The guides were and generally knowledgeable about the cave and it's environment. They adjusted the trip to suit our group which was keen to do as much as possible. The abseiling was a long way down.

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Thanks very much Mr Metcalfe ! This is NZ's ultimate caving adventure - so good on you for taking it on! We really appreciate the opportunity to show people our special piece of NZ.


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