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Waitomo Adventures - Lost World 4 Hr Option

654 Waitomo Caves Road | Waitomo Adventure Centre, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand
+64 7-878 7788
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Excellent Bucket List Experience for Lions Supporters !!!

Excellent bucket list experience for two middle aged men on the Lions Tour of New Zealand. I have... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
MikeDravitzki
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Hamilton, New Zealand
The best adventure!

Having travelled around NZ three times, I believe this is the best tour I've ever taken! It is a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Peng Z
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There are now two DRY options in the Amazing Lost World Cave. They are both awesome. One includes a huge 100m abseil, the other has no abseil and instead has a zip line 80m up in the roof of the massive cavern. To avoid confusion, we tried to list these two options separately with Tripadvisor. Inexplicably, Tripadvisor have advised us that they believe these are the same activity and wont let us have a separate listing. We assure customers that they are VERY different so please see our website or contact us for more detail. We want to ensure you get what you're expecting and also the option that's best for you. Lost World 4 Hr Option (allow approx. 4 Hours) (This is the option that has been going for almost 30 years). Abseil/Rappel 100m followed by a dry caving adventure as you explore this magnificent cave system. Surprisingly gentle - freehanging in a massive void... Bouncing a bit because of the sheer length of the rope. The roar of the Mangapu river echoes up from caverns far below. Beams of light seek to penetrate the eerie mists. Weird plants cling desperately to the sheer rock walls. It's like being lowered into the bowels of some prehistoric animal. Climb back over slabs of rock and ladders. Excellent glowworms. Min age 10 yrs. No experience required. Operator is Local Family and has over 29 years of safe operation. Operations is Qualmark and Outdoorsmark Endorsed. FREE PHOTOS OF YOUR TRIP SENT BY INTERNET Lost World Through the Window (The is the new option Started in 2016 - allow approx. 3.5 hours) This relatively gentle option has no abseiling (rappelling). Also because we don't go to the bottom of the abyss, there's only a few glowworms. Instead it has a zipline and also a tyrolean traverse as you make your way high up in the ceiling of the cavern. Its a bit quicker (about 3.5 hours); less physically demanding and also at a lower price point than the abseiling option. The views however are unbelievable and you will know that you are indeed in a very special place. Min age 10 yrs. No experience required. Operator is Local Family and has over 29 years of safe operation. Operations is Qualmark and Outdoorsmark Endorsed. Free photos of your trip sent by internet
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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654 Waitomo Caves Road | Waitomo Adventure Centre, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent bucket list experience for two middle aged men on the Lions Tour of New Zealand. I have done a bit of abseiling but this was the best ever. My friend had never done it before but the staff were very professional so he never...More

Thank MikeDravitzki
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having travelled around NZ three times, I believe this is the best tour I've ever taken! It is a great combination of thrill, exercise and breathtaking scenery. This is probably the best way to see the caves. Nothing compares. It Wa WOW all the way....More

Thank Peng Z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the 4 hour tour. This was a truly amazing experience and we are very happy we did it. 1. Decision making: We were undecided between this and black abyss from the other company but we believed this was a better option because the...More

Thank PatriciaArb86
Reviewed 10 May 2017

Wow - what a rush! As their website states, you should have your head examined if you don't feel just a bit of nerves when you look over the edge of the platform. But it's actually quite safe, provided you pay attention and follow the...More

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WaitomoAdventures, General Manager at Waitomo Adventures - Lost World 4 Hr Option, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2017

Thanks for your feedback. We're glad you could come and play in our place! We do our best to provide photos and so, to improve our odds of achieving this, we take lots of them, and provide them at no charge. Not all photos can...More

Reviewed 6 May 2017

Son and I did the Tumu Tumu Toobing in the morning and this tour in the afternoon. We were lucky enough to be the only ones on the tour, so it was alot more personal. Big thanks to our guides, Scott and Fish for making...More

Thank Matt T
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

The longest abseil we ever did!! It is certainly one of the most thrilling experiences we ever had! Gavin, our tour guide was great! Thank you!

Thank Jophen23
Reviewed 30 April 2017

I was a bit apprehnsive about this activity because I'm afraid of heights and a bit claustrophic. But, our guide Brad was the best! He was professional, friendly, and funny and totally put me at ease. He took care of everyone in the group and...More

1  Thank Isabel J
Reviewed 20 April 2017

There are a few experiences that are truly "awe-some" and this is one of them. It is not a "walk in the park" but it is a great physical and mental adventure.

Thank Kassandraann
Reviewed 18 April 2017

A forbidding look into the abyss... and you are half way down this place of wonder. Beautiful, challenging, but accessible. The main difficulty is the ladder, but even that is only a psychological barrier for anybody able to climb two flights of stairs without pausing....More

Thank Joaquin A
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We did the shorter windows option in the Lost World. What an amazing place! The trip included zooming down a zip line into a huge under ground cavern. A leap of faith but we all felt at ease because of our two wonderful guides. We'll...More

Thank meb_nz
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MLE1973
Im not the most active of people. What kind of fitness level do u need to have?
18 October 2016|
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Response from Rebecca N | Reviewed this property |
Could you go bush walking for a few hours? Probably about the same level of fitness as you'd need for that. You're only underground for part of the 4hrs, but down there you're climbing over and around huge rocks and up a... More
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Manny F
I'm traveling alone. Can I book the tour or do I have to bring another person?
7 February 2016|
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Response from tsaojam | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. There were a few individual travelers in our group.
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Gwenlee1234
Is there age limit for this tour?
13 March 2015|
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Response from WaitomoAdventures | Property representative |
Yes - there is a minimum age of 10 years. Other related information can be viewed under the "Safety Overview" Tab of our website.
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