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Underworld Adventures Ltd

Charleston 7865, New Zealand
+64 3-788 8168
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Amazing Outdoor Experience! I will do it again I love underworld adventures But the weather a... read more

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Caley C
Awesome adventure!

I called the morning before to see if we could do the Glow Worm Cave Tour the next day. Originally... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Stacey W
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See our Underworld Adventures:For 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.For The Charleston GlowWorm Cave Tour:Take the “Rainforest Train” in to the Nile River Canyon Rain Forest and explore the enormous Nile River Cave System. You will view an ancient "wonderland" of stalactites and stalagmites & simply "galaxies" of Glowworms.For TeTahi Adventure Caving:This is full on expedition style caving with small numbers in one of NZ’s most sporty caves. Participants explore an amazing form cave complete with abseils, climbs, squeezes and crawls along cascading waterways.For The Nile River Rainforest Train:This is a short interpretive train ride through primeval rain forest in the Nile River Canyon. The track passes through the “The Lost World” film site. Take a short walk to The Nile Rver Suspension Bridge & The Nile River GlowWorm Caves.
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“cave rafting” (28 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 21:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Charleston 7865, New Zealand
+64 3-788 8168
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Reviewed yesterday

Amazing Outdoor Experience! I will do it again I love underworld adventures But the weather a little bit cold!

Thank Caley C
Reviewed 3 days ago

I called the morning before to see if we could do the Glow Worm Cave Tour the next day. Originally we were supposed to do Waitomo on the North Island but due to some fun travel craziness that was missed. I am partially glad because...More

Thank Stacey W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tour has a bit more than cave tubing involved so definitely be prepared. There is a bit of a hike (stairs) involved to get to the cave entrance deep in the forest. You are required to carry your tube the whole way up the...More

Thank Danielle H
Reviewed 5 August 2017

My partner and I were the only two crazy people to go on a glowworm cave tour on one of the coldest days of the winter. Lucky for us that meant we had our own private tour with Mark, who is an amazing individual. He...More

Thank Monica L
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

My wife and I were traveling through New Zealand and she really wanted to do a glow worm tour. We were debating between doing Waitomo or Underworld Adventures. Since we flew in to the north Island we thought about doing Waitomo but after reading reviews...More

Thank LukeStef
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Lots of walking and 135 steps to climb up, so expect a hike. The caves are amazing and well worth the walk, inside the caves, the access is not brilliant - as it is all natural caves. Some low level access, whilst in a wetsuit........More

Thank Jeremy M
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Well-organised, multi-faceted 4 hour adventure. Transport in shuttle then mini train, walk through the bush to an awesome cave system. Wind our way through the caves walking past stalagtites and stalagmites and many other shapes and features, then ride on tyres through a magnificent cavern...More

Thank Di D
Reviewed 8 July 2017

A trip that just got better as we moved along. The cave system is spectacular by any comparison, and the glow worm section is the best l have seen anywhere in the world.A must do adventurer when visiting the West Coast

1  Thank ragraham2017
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

We booked this train ride on a recommendation from a friend and we were not disappointed. Our guide, who was fabulous and very informative, drove us a short distance in the minibus to the start of the train track. He then became the train driver...More

1  Thank deejay153
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

We had the luxury of having a 'private' underwater rafting tour as it was off season in winter and it was a crazy amazing experience. The formations in the cave were actively growing and really beautiful and interesting. Andrea, our guide, was really passionate about...More

Thank scwong88
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Response from JordiRamon | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jacek, I am in tourism and did both Waitomo lost world tour and the cave black water rafting ride in Charleston. I would say without any doubt; go for Charleston (biggest glowworm colony in the world). Waitomo is better... More
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