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Waitomo Adventures - Lost World Epic Tour - 7 Hours

Experience the most adventurous and dramatic caving experience in the world with Waitomo Cave's ultimate caving tour!


  • The biggest Adventure Caving Activity in New Zealand, run by the same operators since 1987
  • Majestic 100 metre abseil
  • Homemade lunch and BBQ dinner from local suppliers, cooked by your guides. Dietary requirements catered for.
  • Beautiful Glow worm displays throughout the tour, culminating with the magnificent Glow worm chamber
  • Two guides, max 8 clients
  • Free personalised photos

Descend the world's highest commercial abseil into a cave - engulfed by 330 feet of surrealistic beauty.

Once inside, the adventure has only just begun as you plunge into a raging subterranean river and head for the submergence - swimming and climbing through cathedral-sized vaults, jumping and climbing through underground waterfalls and overcoming the cauldron and shin breaker alley on the way.

No experience is required for you to take on the challenge of one of the most special and wild places in the world - a remote wilderness in its natural, pristine state.

Waitomo Adventures are a consistent Certificate of Excellence Winner with Trip Advisor and are ranked the number 1 attraction in the area with a 5-star rating - Come and see for yourself why this is a must-do attraction in an experience that will remain with you forever.

Per Person $595.00

What's included

  • Wetsuits, gumboots and all specialist gear.
  • Lunch and Dinner are provided on the trip (Please let us know on the booking form if you have any special dietary requirements).
  • Hot showers provided before heading back to Waitomo


  • Allow approximately 7 hours for the whole experience


  • 1227 Waitomo Valley Road, Waitomo


  • Important: Discount bookings cancelled by you the customer are strictly non-refundable. Discount bookings cancelled well in advance (48hrs+) may at the operator's sole discretion be eligible for a return voucher to enjoy the activity at another date.

    Requirements: Be reasonably fit, at least 15 years of age and fit through our cave crawl squeeze test.

    Group sizes: 8 people max (Larger group format also available).

    Minimum Age: 15 Years. All children 15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or mature adult known to the child and aged 18 years and older. 

    Photography: Personalised photos are provided to clients via internet at no extra charge. No client photography equipment is permitted. Please inquire if you require a private photography tour.

    Location: 1227 Waitomo Valley Road, Waitomo

  • What to bring: Please bring swimwear, shower items, towel, and thick socks that cover the ankle.

    Fitness Test: If the guide(s) on the day have any doubt about a client’s fitness they may ask them to prove it by completing a fitness-test. One quick and simple test we may use is “to step up and down a 20 cm (8 inches) step not less than 45 times in 60 seconds”. We strongly recommend clients complete this test before they book their activity and before they travel to Waitomo. Clients may also be requested to submit to breath-testing for alcohol or other drugs. Where appropriate, guides may at their sole discretion cancel a departure or remove an unsuitable client from a departing trip for any safety-related reason.

    Pregnancy: We do not recommend abseiling ( rappelling ) during the 1st and 3rd trimester due to the need to wear a tight-fitting harness across your waist during the abseil. All pregnant clients wishing to participate in one of our adventure options must provide a medical certificate from their General Medical Practitioner confirming that they are fit for abseiling ( rappelling ) and caving.

    This policy is required for us to comply with the NZ Adventure Safety Regulations.

Available Bookings from April 13 to April 19

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  • Per Person$535.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per Person$535.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per Person$595.00

  • Per Person$535.00 Less than 6 at this price!

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Murray McDonald from New Zealand wrote on 01 November 2020

A great experience

An experience that anyone with a little sense of adventure should under-take. This was so much better than we thought it could be. Absolutely value for money.

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Nitin Tyagi from New Zealand wrote on 08 January 2020

Worth every penny and more

I did this on a friend's recommendation. A bit sceptical at the start because of the cost but I'm so glad I went for it. Had a fabulous experience with Craig and Joel, both of them have good knowledge, are super friendly, kept us safe, know how to read their group well and cater for their needs. I've promised myself to be back again (real soon) for another experience because the first one hasn't sunk in yet! Looking forward to see you all again.

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wayne smith from New Zealand wrote on 30 May 2021

7 Hour Epic

What an adventure. A big thanks to our guides Joel , Harrison and Amy made the day so much fun. The 7 hour Epic has to be on everyone's to do list

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Tony Royal from Australia wrote on 24 May 2021

A great adventure

A great adventure

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From Waitomo Adventures - Lost World Epic Tour - 7 Hours

A pleasure to have you Aussies visiting again - Good on ya Mate !

Sven Lingott from New Zealand wrote on 24 May 2021

Best cave experience ever

Had to come back for the Lost World Epic tour after our 2016 adventure. And what to say? It is still the best experience to have in your life! Abseiling 100m into the Lost World is such a unique experience you will never forget. Afterwards you will find yourself searching the way through the cave system including swimming, jumping, crawling and climbing up waterfalls. And everything made astonishing by heaps of Glowworms all over the place. Definitely have to come back a third time :) Greta thank you to our guides Joel, Harrison and Amy, who looked well after us and were great company along the way ;)

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From Waitomo Adventures - Lost World Epic Tour - 7 Hours

It was so great to see you back here Sven - we're doing everything possible to keep this amazing cave system in it's natural state. So if you do come back for a third visit then the cave should be exactly the same as the previous times ! Thanks again for your support !


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