Waikato, North Island

Waitomo Adventures Family

Waitomo Adventures – seven unique ADVENTURE options in one breathtaking location!

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Waitomo Adventures - St Benedicts Cavern

Waitomo Adventures – which will you choose?

Seven unique ADVENTURE options in one breathtaking location – which will you choose?
We are the experts – let us guide you deep underground with the aid of ropes, zip lines, tubes and of course your arms and legs! DISCOVER 'Lost World's' hidden caverns and natural rock formations that will take your breath away.
Push your boundaries while having FUN as you explore a world you never knew existed.

With over 30 years of experience, highly-qualified instructors and with a safety excellence that helped to establish the standards for the industry. We really are the experts in helping you choose what caving experience is best suited to your family.

What will you choose?

Lost World Through The Window – 4 hours 

Minimum Age 10 years
Enjoy a scenic drive before 
walking down into a sinkhole adjacent to Lost World known as 'The Window'. Enjoy the best views in this marvellous cave as you make your way along a walkway about 80m above the floor of cavern (phew!). Then steel yourself for the next phase where you ride a gentle zip line along the walls of the cavern. Fly gently along into the upper levels in the cave from where your guide helps you negotiate ledges and small ladders through the Spider Hole vaults and back to the surface.
For more information and to book  Lost World Through the Window >>


Lost World – half day adventure

Minimum Age 10 years
Nothing in NZ comes close to this spectacular 100m abseil, taking about 20 minutes. Imagine free-hanging in this spectacular void (with an instructor abseiling alongside you).  The pre-historic setting is spectacular; unbelievable; mind-blowing!
Once down, catch your breath, because this is just the beginning!  There's lots more to do and see as you explore the massive vaults.  Along with the crazy descent, highlights include seeing glow worms, exploring a world that could be mistaken for a Lord of the Rings movie set and ascending via an almighty ladder. 
For more information and to book  Lost World Half Day Adventures >>

 

Lost World Epic – 7 hours

Minimum Age 15 years
"One of the best things you can do in this country" – Lonely Planet traveller’s guide
Abseil 100m into this amazing cavern exactly as per the 4 hour option (above), but this time wearing a wetsuit – you're heading off to explore the Mangapu streamway.
For more information and to book  Lost World Epic Adventure >>

 

St Benedict's Caverns – 4 hours 

Minimum Age 12 years
NZ’s Prettiest Cave (best speleothems).Highlights include two abseils totalling 60m and St Benedict’s Caverns themselves – the main chamber is jaw dropping, plus a zip line through the stalactites.  Relatively gentle – a dry trip.
For more information and to book  St Benedict's Caverns >>

 
Blackwater Rafting – 4 hours

Minimum Age 12 years
Blackwater Rafting at its BEST!  Enjoy walking, wading, swimming and tubing through the TumuTumu cave. See one of New Zealand’s best glowworm displays as you explore an interesting variety of underground terrain. This trip is great value – about twice as much quality underground time as other similar options at Waitomo.
For more information and to book  Blackwater Rafting >>

 

Haggas Honking Holes – 4 hours 

Minimum Age 15 years
This is our most concentrated and intense action adventure! A fast-moving trip which includes a series of abseils and other rope-work. Explore through a very pretty cave with wonderful delicate formations. Plus you will see glowworms close up. 
Warning – “this cave will play tricks on you”

For more information and to book  Haggas Honking Holes >>

For younger children (1 year +)

Troll Cave – 1 hour 

Check out our newest experience – a surreal underground adventure for all ages with family teamwork required!
Your mission is to use your stealth, cunning and survival instincts to navigate Tom’s ( The Troll's) underground lair, solve his riddles, avoid his little pranks and complete your mission –- without getting EATEN! 
This exclusive adventure is individually-tailored to suit each group (maximum 10).
The question is....are your parents brave enough to go first? 
Children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information and to book Troll Cave >>

Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.