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!


  • 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 $595.00

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 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.

Available Bookings from April 26 to May 02

Change Dates

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Sat 1 May
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  • Per Person$417.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per Person$417.00 Less than 6 at this price!

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Murray McDonald from New Zealand wrote on 01 November 2020

A great experience

An experience that anyone with a little sense of adventure should under-take. This was so much better than we thought it could be. Absolutely value for money.

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Nitin Tyagi from New Zealand wrote on 08 January 2020

Worth every penny and more

I did this on a friend's recommendation. A bit sceptical at the start because of the cost but I'm so glad I went for it. Had a fabulous experience with Craig and Joel, both of them have good knowledge, are super friendly, kept us safe, know how to read their group well and cater for their needs. I've promised myself to be back again (real soon) for another experience because the first one hasn't sunk in yet! Looking forward to see you all again.

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XR Tan from Singapore wrote on 11 April 2021


Enjoyed my 7 hours in the cave with Waitomo Adventures tremendously! They made us (myself, my partner and another five in a family) do the drill of clipping and unclipping the carabiners before we abseiled 100 m down to the start of the cave. Lunch was tasty - chicken sandwich, blueberry muffin and granola ball and tea. Clipping was needed at the first part of the cave. Then we were pretty much on stable boulders. There were a bit of swimming in the ice-cold cave water but the wet suit provided the buoyancy. We squeezed through a tiny tunnel before jumping 3 m down into the water. There was a long ladder to climb too. And we tried walking without headlamps for a small stretch of the cave, feeling the texture of the rocks along the way. Saw a few giant spiders and lay on a huge boulder to look at the smattering of glowworms on the ceiling of the cave. Then we were out and back in the light with about 30 mins (maybe?) trek to the hut for wash up and BBQ dinner (steak, sausages, garlic bread, roasted kumara and salad). Worth doing.

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embr from New Zealand wrote on 02 February 2021

An incredible adventure

An amazing experience! Abseiling, wading and swimming, climbing and crawling... Waterfalls, rivers, glowworms, caverns within the caves. It is a little bit of a whole body workout. Joel and Harrison were incredibly knowledgeable, confident and approachable guides - they created a fun, relaxed and easygoing atmosphere. Dinner at the end a perfect finish to an incredible day. Thanks guys, highly recommend!

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Tom from New Zealand wrote on 04 January 2021

Great trip with great guides!

Denni and Joel were awesome guides showing us the incredible Lost World. So many moments of awe in this cave, with plenty of fun, interesting manoeuvres to make your way through. And yea the abseil is as awesome as it looks! Cheers guys.

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