Top 5 Reasons to go on a Black Water Rafting Tour

Does jumping into an underground river sound like utter madness to you? Find out why it’ll be one of the best things you’ve ever done!

1. Underground fun

What is black water rafting? It has all the thrills of white water rafting… underground! Also known as cave tubing, it involves floating through underground streams and river rapids. Here in New Zealand, you can experience black water rafting on a guided tour at Waitomo in the amazing Ruakuri Caves complex.

2. Explore another world

Part of the Waitomo Caves complex, the Ruakuri Cave offers hidden delights like subterranean waterfalls, amazing limestone formations, and last but not least…

3. Glowworms

That’s right – the beautiful twinkling lights of the thousands of glowworms that call these caves home. Glowworms are fascinating little creatures. They’re actually the larval stage of a particular species of gnat, and they use the light on their tails to attract the other insects they eat before trapping them in the sticky threads they spin from the cave ceiling. As you travel through the caves, though, all you’ll see is the magical effect – and trust us, it’s spectacular!

4. Challenge yourself

Ever wish you could do something out of the ordinary? Push yourself and achieve something you didn’t think you could do? A black water rafting tour will see you climbing through caves, jumping down a waterfall and floating along underground rivers. You bet your boots you’ll emerge feeling proud of yourself and ready to take on the world.

5. Sexy gear

Zip yourself into a black rubber wetsuit, strap on a helmet and slip into some booties. You’ve never looked so selfie-worthy! Okay, we’re kidding, but it’s all part of the fun. From start to finish you’re guaranteed to have a ball.


You can experience a Black Labyrinth black water rafting tour to Waitomo Caves from Auckland or Rotorua with InterCity. Tours include bus travel, the three-hour Black Labyrinth experience and a delicious lunch of fish and chips in the Waitomo Caves Restaurant.

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