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Lost World Epic All Day Adventure

One of the best things you can do in this country - Lonely Planet traveller’s guide

All Day Duration
Premium Price
Hard Difficulty
Common Questions
 

Overview

The 100m free-hanging abseil will astound you, but that’s only the beginning.

Make sure you eat your lunch (provided) because you’re going to spend the rest of the day walking, wading and swimming through the cavernous passages of this famous underground system. Generally the ceiling is about 50-80m above you - this cave is big.

Yes you need to be moderately fit (e.g. go bush walking for a day), but the trip is intended for complete novices. No prior experience required – just a penchant for adventure!

Includes an absolutely fantastic glowworm display.
Also includes packed lunch & BBQ dinner.

If you came to NZ looking for top adventure, this is the thing you must do - it's the Best!
From $535.50 NZD
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Highlights

Abseiling

Take The Long Way Home

Take The Long Way Home

This is a big day out. Abseil 100m into Lost World then explore the Mangapu Streamway. Abseil 100m into this amazing cavern exactly as per the Lost World 4 hour option, but this time wearing a wetsuit.

Once down, enjoy a packed lunch while you take in the splendor of the main cavern…and make sure you eat your lunch…you’re going to need it. Spend the rest of the day walking wading swimming jumping clambering climbing and navigating your way through the gigantic streamway passages.

This is a very cool place and you know instinctively that you’re lucky just to be able to stand there. Ultimately you emerge from the base of a cliff into the colours and aroma of luxuriant native forest.

Head back across farmland to the Hut for a well-earned hot shower. And still in this remote setting enjoy a BBQ dinner cooked by your guides where you can savour both the food and the satisfaction of a great day.

Lots of Fun

Lots To See And Do

Lots To See And Do

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.

See giant fossil oysters and whalebones; giant flowstone (looks like icing sugar running down the walls). Lots of fun & optional challenges - water jumps; climbs and spiderwalking.

This is an adventure where the guides will help and support you as much as you need but you get to make the call as to how far you want to “push the envelope”.

See one of the best Glowworm Displays in the World – relax on your rockpile; turn off your helmet lights and simply soak up natures beauty. It’s surreal and almost weird that these animals provide such a magnificent spectacle in such a remote place.

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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
    Swimwear, long thick socks (suitable for bush walking); a towel & toiletries for a shower afterwards. 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.
  • 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. We will switch to a combination of the Lost World 4 Hour and Haggas Honking Holes.
  • Is This Adventure Suitable For Children?
    Minimum age is 15 years and children must be accompanied by their parent or caregiver OR a mature adult known to the child and aged 18 years or older.
  • 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 And Cancellation 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

    Early Bird must be booked directly with operator. There are no refunds or transfer for Early Bird bookings. We therefore recommend that you do not book an EarlyBird deal unless you are sure that you want it and there will be no changes. Early Bird is not available for Troll Cave.

    If you are purchasing a gift voucher your credit card will be charged at the time of booking.

    Cancellation Policy


    A 100% fee will be charged in the following events:
    • Client failure to check-in at the scheduled time (30 minutes prior to departure)
    • Cancellation within 24 hours of departure.

    If you are having any sort of problem getting to us on time, please contact us on freephone 0800 WAITOMO (0800 924866) as soon as possible. This could save you cancellation fees and we will help with rescheduling etc where possible.
 

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