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Lost World Half Day Adventure

Abseil 100m into the surreal Lost World. Descend slowly, suspended in the massive void. Mist-filtered light gives unreal qualities to the strange plants and formations.
Then embark on an underworld trek and climb back through the majestic dry passages of the Mangapu cave system.

Half Day Duration
Moderate Price
Moderate Difficulty
Common Questions


The abseil (rappel) descent takes around 20 minutes of the total 4 hours required.
Abseil slowly alongside your instructor who although on a separate rope provides information, reassurance ...and a backup safety tether.

Imagine free-hanging in this massive void…bouncing a bit & turning because of the sheer length of the rope. Look around into upper levels of the cave and giant spagatites (look like giant green hands growing out of the walls). Weird plants struggle to cling to the sheer walls and all the while the roar of the Mangapu river echoes up from caverns far below.

It feels like you’re descending into the bowels of some gigantic prehistoric beast…a sensory feast.
One guide looks after up to 4 people - who all make their unforgettable descent together down through the surreal mists and eventually landing in the base of this massive cavern.
Minimum age for this trip is 10 years old. All children must be accompanied an adult aged 18 years or older who is known to the child.
$575.00 NZD
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Arguably, the most spectacular abseil for initiates in the world.


Great For First Time Abseilers

Great For First Time Abseilers

Arguably, the most spectacular abseil for initiates in the world – nothing in NZ comes close. The pre-historic oligocene setting is spectacular; unbelievable; mind-blowing.

You’re suspended like a very small thing on a very long string but with the confidence and reassurance of your guide alongside the whole time providing additional and immediate backup.

The on-rope descent takes about 20 minutes. With the underground river roaring up from far below, It’s like descending into the bowels of some prehistoric beast.

In The Caverns

Things To See

Things To See

The above ground location is a beautiful landscape of farmland with native forest planted by us over many years to help look after the climate and also the caves underneath.

Once down in the cave, catch your breath, because this is actually just the beginning - there’s a lot more to do and see aa you explore the massive vaults - See excellent glowworms and gigantic flowstone formations.

Gradually climb back to the surface through massive craggy caverns ledges and ladders including the legendary 30m “stairway to heaven”.


Stacks of Free Insta-worthy Photos FREE!

Stacks of Free Insta-worthy Photos FREE!

Although not pro photographers, our guides are pretty handy with a camera – which is good because caves can be tricky places to photograph.

As personal phones and cameras & Go-pros are not permitted for safety, we make sure to take plenty of snaps of you on your adventure.

Unlike some other companies, photos are provided Free of Charge ie you won't be asked for annoying additional photo charges in addition to the advertised trip price.

A Journey Together

Highly Qualified & Experienced Guides

Highly Qualified & Experienced Guides

Guides inform, assist and ensure safety throughout – they are among the best qualified in New Zealand.

Equally important, in our view, is that our guides are here for you - because they love sharing in your quest for fun, thrill and adventure.

Don't let their down-to-earth, fun loving nature fool you though, they take your safety very seriously.


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Common Questions

Everything you need to know.

Waitomo, NZ

Central North Island Location

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  • What Do I Need to Bring
    Loose fitting, comfortable adventure clothing (not Jeans) and long thick socks suitable for bush walking. We provide all other equipment including helmets, lights, any vertical gear, overalls and PVC boots. We have changing facilities available so you can arrive in your street clothes and get changed onsite.
  • What Time Should I Arrive?
    Be sure to book to secure your caving tour by booking in advance. Please note we only accept Visa or Mastercard. Our trips are popular and bookings are recommended, especially in the summer months. To secure the most suitable departure time(s), make your booking early.

    Check-in time is 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time for our Adventure Trips.
    Check in for the Troll Cave is 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
  • What Happens When It's Raining?
    When it's raining stream levels can rise in our TumuTumu Toobing Cave and the wet part of the Lost World Epic. But our Lost World Half Day Adventure is a dry trip so there is no need to worry.
  • Is This Adventure Suitable For Children?

    * Remember almost ANYONE CAN DO TROLLCAVE - so come & have fun with us even if you cant go "real" caving.

    Any children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or mature adult known to the child who is aged 18 years and over. It is critical that any child is sufficiently mature and responsible enough to follow the instructions of the guide.

    Minimum Ages for our adventure caves are:
    Blackwater Rafting - TTT 12 Years
    Lost World Half Day - 10 Years
    Lost World Through the Window - 10 Years
    Lost World Epic - 15 Years
    Haggas Honking Holes 15 Years
    St Benedicts Caverns - 12 Years

    Minimum Weight 40kg
    Talk to us before you book if you or your child weighs less than 40kg (90 Pounds)
  • What About Photography?
    We provide a basic photo service. Our guides take photos on basic cameras and these are provided to clients via internet at no extra charge. However, please be aware that the focus of our activities is on adventure, not photography.

    We have found that the flow of these activities becomes disrupted if clients take their own camera gear.
    One person’s photographic dream can be at the expense of others in the group who just want to get on with the adventure. There are also safety issues e.g. where loose gear could fall and become damaged or even injure someone.

    For all these reasons, no client photography equipment is permitted on any activities. This includes no cameras; no videos; no Go-Pros etc. If you are a professional photographer and really want to take photos with your own gear, then you can talk to us about arranging an exclusive trip for this purpose.

    You are welcome to take your camera to the very start of the activity, but will have to leave it behind in the lockers before you head underground. Your understanding and cooperation are much appreciated!
  • Deposit Information
    Prices are GST (tax) inclusive and also include the use of all necessary equipment (except the minimal "you need" items). To secure your booking you will need to provide credit card details. Please note we only accept Visa or Mastercard


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