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Black Water Rafting - 4 Hours - Charleston

Experience this rare attraction - float along in your tube using only the natural light of a simply awe inspiring display of glow-worms for navigation within the cave system.

Highlights

  • Experience this amazing Black Water Rafting adventure through the amazing Nile River cave system.
  • Wetsuits, wetsuit booties, gloves and a helmet all included.
  • Float through the amazing underground river illuminated by the ceiling of the mesmerising glow-worm colony.
  • Enjoy a hot shower after your incredible adventure.

Experience an incredible Black Water Rafting adventure through the amazing Nile River cave system.

The 4 hour Black Water Rafting adventure in the Paparoa National Park stands out as an experience that let you explore, understand and enjoy a journey through an unmodified ancient cave system, so you can experience the unique feeling to step back in time entering this amazing place.

You are fitted out with wet suits, wet suit booties, gloves and a helmet at our company base at Charleston (25 mins south of Westport and 25mins north of Punakaiki ) before embarking on your adventure. With your cave buddies your guide will take you to The Nile River Rainforest Train to journey through the sub-tropical appearing typical West Coast rain forest surrounded by towering limestone cliffs of the Nile River Canyon.

Once arrived at our train station in the rainforest a short walk and a short climb up some steps leads to the entrance of the cave system. Entering the darkness you will explore the ancient voids of the enormous Nile River cave system where you meander through a calcitic paradise of stalactites and stalagmites in the upper dry levels of the cave.

Once down in the lower active levels of the cave, you will discover and experience a place you won’t forget that quickly - a slow moving underground river illuminated by a ceiling coated in a mesmerising glow-worm colony. On this river you will float in your tube out of the cave using only the natural light of this simply breathtaking display of glow-worms.

You will emerge from the cave into a remote and untouched rainforest covered limestone valley leaving its tranquility floating down the rushing bubbling waters of the low grade Nile River Rapids to where you started your adventure.

After returning on the Nile River Rainforests Train a hot shower awaits you at our base in Charleston.

Experience this incredible award winning journey through a stunning cave system to enjoy the mesmerising glow-worms.

Adult $185.00
Child $150.00 (10 to 16 years inclusive)

What's included

  • Wetsuits, wetsuit booties, gloves and a helmet.
  • A hot shower is available after your experience.

Duration

  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience

Location

  • Northwest Adventures Ltd. Adjacent to Charleston Hotel State Highway 6 West Coast South Island.

Restrictions

  • Minimum age: 10

Notes

  • Please Note: Water confidence required.

    This experience is suitable for waterproof cameras only.

    Changes to the date and time of the adventure have to be made 24 hours prior to the original booked departure time on BookMe and has to be arranged directly with the operator. Confirmation of the new date or time for the adventure is subject to approval by the operator. The price will be the full retail price with the difference to be paid directly to the operator.

    We photograph your trip with free downloads available.

Available Bookings from August 13 to August 19

Change Dates

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8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$185.00
  • Child$150.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$185.00
  • Child$150.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$147.99
  • Child$150.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$166.50
  • Child$150.00

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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Vicky Kelly from New Zealand wrote on 23 February 2020

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Afternoon black water rafting

From the minute we arrived Ray made us feel very welcome. Andrea was a great guide & very informative. Good mix of activities including the rainforest train! Beautiful caves & impressive glow worms. Did not disappoint!

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Pip Hannon from New Zealand wrote on 14 July 2020

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Our Cave Rafting Adventure!!

You guys have an amazing adventurous tour. A little bit of everything- van ride, miniature train, stunning bush walk, incredible cave walking experience and then to top it off floating on our tubes through that amazing space to see the glow worms and then the fun of tubing down the river through the rapids. We had a wonderful time and will recommend you to all our friends and family. PS your guides are a credit to the company- very passionate about sharing their knowledge.

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Rina from New Zealand wrote on 01 February 2020

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太棒了👍

值得一试 非常有意思

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Charlotte from New Zealand wrote on 22 December 2019

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Amazing in every way!

Amazing must do experience! Awesomely run!

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Eugene from Taiwan wrote on 20 November 2019

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Remarkable

Amazing

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