Waitomo Adventures - St Benedict's Caverns

An awesome caving experience for fun with friends and family - or a great place to make them!


  • Experiencing the stunning formations in New Zealand’s prettiest cave
  • The 40 metre Zipline between a massive display of Stalactites and Stalagmites
  • Two abseils down a cave shaft totalling 60 metres
  • Touring the cave where sound effects for the Lord of the Rings trilogy were recorded
  • High client to guide ratio 1:4 minimum two guides
  • Free personalised photos

Exciting, beautiful, challenging, but surprisingly gentle. This spectacular three-hour caving adventure comprises of abseiling (rappelling), zipping down the flying fox, walking and scrambling through the prettiest piece of known cave in New Zealand.

This trip suits a wide range of people - especially those not wanting to be too physical.

You'll encounter spectacular shafts to abseil down, some of the most awesome cave formations; stalagmites and stalactites and flowstone. 

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 $225.00

What's included

  • Overalls, gumboots and all specialist caving gear.


  • 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 Age: 12 Years. All children under 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: Max 8 people per group

    Note: Minimum numbers are required to run this trip - bookings of 4 or more are confirmed, with all smaller bookings wait-listed to confirm

    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 wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing (Jeans not advised due to being potentially restricting) 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 December 01 to December 07

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  • Per Person$158.00

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


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Paul from Australia wrote on 21 September 2016


Truely NZ prettiest cave, awesome absail

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Melissa Lamb from Australia wrote on 14 July 2016

St Benedict's

Awesome experience. Me and my boys loved it. Guides were very good and they included photos in the package. Nice small group

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kaylas from New Zealand wrote on 26 April 2016

An awesome experience

I would 100% recommend this tour! You start off meeting up at the office, then take a 15min drive to gear up and practice abseiling. Wear loose fitting pants, thick socks and a long sleeve top. You are then transported to the cave, where you enter via a 20m and 30m abseil. The cave is absolutely beautiful, with limestone formations that are older than you can comprehend. The guides are friendly and knowledgable, and happy to answer questionS. We stopped for a chocolate and cup of water, then went zip lining through a pitch black cavern. The guides took free photos for us ton download at the end of the trip. You spend a good 2hours underground. Worth every cent, do it!

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jasmin bradley from New Zealand wrote on 20 November 2015

Out of this world

I had the best time in Benedict's cavern. It was like being on another planet.The guides were amazing and made as feel safe the whole time. I can't wait to get back and take another trip with Waitomo Adventures. Bring on the next time.

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Michelle Cannon from New Zealand wrote on 26 January 2015

Good but too slow!

My daughter who is 15 and I went on this tour. The cave highlights were very good and it was relatively easy. The only complaint I had was we were in a group of 6 and each one of us had to practice the ropes then each went down the hole twice then each did the flying fox...it just felt like you were waiting around half the time. Of course the practice is important, it would have been nice to have 2 instructors to speed up the process. I also didn't like the 'planned' pictures, it took more time and you felt like an idiot posing for the shot! That being said, the cave was very cool and the tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Thanks!

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