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Charleston - Black Water Rafting - 4 Hours

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Underworld Rafting - BLACK WATER RAFTING

This is of of the great cave rafting trips anywhere in the world.

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The 4 hour Black Water Rafting adventure in the Paparoa National Park stands proud as an attraction that delivers an unmodified cave state, so your experience is as close to stepping back in time as possible.

Visitors are fitted out with excellent wet suits, wet suit booties, gloves and an excellent safety helmet at our company base at Charleston. ( 25 mins south of Westport and 25mins north of Punakaiki ). A courtesy coach takes you to The Nile River Rainforest Train for transport through the primeval rain forest and towering limestone cliffs of the Nile River Canyon.

Once changed, a short climb is required to enter 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 meet up with a slow moving underground river on which you float in your tube using only the natural light of a simply awe inspiring display of millions of glow worms for navigation.

You will emerge from the cave into a remote and untouched "lost world" before leaving its tranquillity for the rushing bubbling waters of the low grade Nile River Rapids.

This is an award winning adventure at its best.

Discover why!

Information

Must be 10 years or over. Water confidence required. Suitable for waterproof cameras only. Swimwear and a towel required

Allow 4 hours from our Charleston Base

Trips depart 9am, 11.30am, 2.00pm We photograph your trip with free downloads

NZD$185 per adult, $150 per child (16 and under)

Available Bookings from December 13 to December 19

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9AM
11.30AM
2.00PM
Thu 13 Dec
Fri 14 Dec
Sat 15 Dec
Sun 16 Dec
Mon 17 Dec
Tue 18 Dec
Wed 19 Dec

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$185.00
  • Child$150.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$185.00
  • Child$150.00

3spaces priced from:

  • Adult$185.00
  • Child$150.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$185.00
  • Child$150.00

1spaces priced from:

  • Adult$185.00
  • Child$150.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$185.00
  • Child$150.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$185.00
  • Child$150.00

3spaces priced from:

  • Adult$185.00
  • Child$150.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$185.00
  • Child$150.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$185.00
  • Child$150.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$185.00
  • Child$150.00

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

4.8

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Susette Weisheit from United States wrote on 09 February 2018

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Definitley worth it!

We very much enjoyed our trip into the cavern. The trip definitely exceeded our expectations. As river guides in US, we have high expectations of a tours, the experience and our local guide Mark fulfilled our hopes. The person at the front desk needs customer service training but that did not dampen our enjoyment of the trip but indicates the company needs to pay a bit more attention and lost them a star here.

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Victoria from New Zealand wrote on 30 January 2018

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Incredible Experience

Amazing experience, the caves were spectacular Our guide Hillary was great she was friendly and informative This tour has been on my wish list for a while, I was initially reluctant because of the price, but after doing this tour it is so worth it, you will not be disappointed! I was amazed at how open the caves are there was no squeezing through narrow tunnels Also because you are with a group and there are several head torches lighting up the way you can see all the formations within the cave really clearly The rafting part is fun, the glow worms are There were 8 of us on the tour I found being in a small group was great as it gave the tour a more personal feel

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Jill K from United States wrote on 21 December 2017

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Great tour!

We loved our tour guide and group! Great experience overall, so happy we were able to do it!

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Dionne from Australia wrote on 13 April 2017

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Fantastic!

It was a wonderful experience and our tour guide was great. Thank you! I will spread the word.

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Ciara from United Kingdom wrote on 09 December 2018

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Absolutely amazing experience!!

We had an amazing time doing black water rafting - loved everything from the train to the incredible experience of floating in the cave looking up at the glow worms. Maisie was a great guide and the rest of the team were very friendly. I’ve already recommended the experience to friends!

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