Underworld Rafting

Join us on a simply magical journey of discovery in the Nile River GlowWorm Caves. Float on an underground lake illuminated only by GlowWorms and admire a wonderland of Stactites & Stalagmites in one of New Zealands largest unmodified cave systems.


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"Underworld Rafting" is a superb 4 hour award winning black water rafting adventure in the Paparoa National Park. At our Base in Charleston you are fully equipped with wet suits & helmet to travel by "The Nile River Rainforest Train" through primeval rainforest & the towering cliffs of the Nile River Canyon to the Cave.

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A short climb enables you to enter the enormous unmodified Cave System. In the upper levels you meander through a calcitic paradise of stalactites & stalagmites while in the lower levels you float through awe inspiring glow worm grottos using only the amazing GlowWorm lights as your navigational aid.

You emerge in a lost world of forest before leaving the tranquillity for tubing the rushing waters of the Nile River.


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Physical address

Underworld Rafting, 7368 Camp Street, State Highway 6, Charleston, Charleston, West Coast, 7865, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
Summer Daylight Saving Departure Times: 9.00am, 11.30 2.00pm. Winter Hours: 10.00am & 12.30pm
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
Allow 15 minutes drive time to the Westport airport.
Proximity to coach terminal:
Intercity and Attomic Shuttle will stop on request at our Charleston Base.
Proximity to town:
Allow 15 minutes drive time from Westport town and 25minutes drive time from Punakaiki.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $185.00
(15 year(s) and under)
Other charges:
Further pricing information:
Suitability: 10 years and over & confident in water. We take supply photographic images free of charge. . Clothing: Bring your swimwear and a towel. We supply the rest.

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