WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES Walk through the world famous Cathedral Cave and hear the amazing acoustics in this vast space. Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms above, as you glide silently by boat in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Operates 365 days a year. Duration: 45 mins Departs: Every half hour: 9.00am to 5.00pm and until 5.30pm from Labour Weekend to Easter Monday.
LEGENDARY BLACK WATER RAFTING The Black Labyrinth - This is the original
Waitomo subterranean adventure that will have you climbing, black water tubing, leaping and floating through Ruakuri Cave. Over three hours you’ll take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls and float serenely down the underground river as you enjoy the glowworm show on the vaulted limestone galleries up above. Your journey concludes when you emerge into the sunlight of the forest. Duration: 3 hrs Departs: 9am, 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm. (12yrs+)
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
The Black Abyss - The ultimate Waitomo adventure, is the caving tour of choice for natural born adrenaline junkies everywhere. Descend into the seemingly bottomless black depths of the glowworm studded Ruakuri Cave. This five hour expedition combines abseiling the 25 metre tomo, climbing, whizzing down a flying fox and cave tubing underneath glowworms into one unforgettable journey. At every stage you’re accompanied and supported by experienced caving guides from The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company who know and love this totally unique and mind-blowing environment. Duration: 5 hrs Departs: 9am, 11am and 2pm. (16yrs+)
RUAKURI CAVES Discover spectacular Ruakuri Cave, full of legends and tales. Go deeper into the story as you descend the dramatic spiral entrance. Your two hour trip will include an intimate and educational experience with small tour groups. Duration: 1hr 15 mins Departs: Every day (except Christmas Day) at 9.00am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Ruakuri Cave is wheelchair accessible.
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SANCTUARY MOUNTAIN MAUNGATAURARI Come and experience for yourself the New Zealand environment the way it used to be – an ancient, vibrant pestfree forest alive with native wildlife including many of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered , insects, birds and fish. Step through the pest-proof gate into another world where ancient forest towers majestically above well maintained walking tracks and the air is filled with birdsong. Enjoy a variety of hikes and bush walks around our eco sanctuary, take a guided tour or nature walk and learn about why this conservation project is so special. • Visitor Centre open 7 days (excluding Christmas day) • Guided Tours run Tuesday – Sunday • Dusk and speciality tours scheduled throughout the year
Sanctuary Mountain Maungataurari - Entry
• Wetland and forest enclosures • 5km of walking tracks
HAMILTON GARDENS Guided Tour of Hamilton Gardens – Explore themed gardens with our experienced guides who will share the ‘inside story’ of how the Gardens was transformed from a rubbish dump into an internationally significant garden. Hamilton Gardens’ international unique concept tells the Story of Gardens reflects the evolution of civilisation. Discover where a Hollywood block buster was filmed in the Gardens and why our gardeners remove all the flowers from one particular garden, and take a selfie in front of our steampunk airship The Huddleston.
Duration: 1.25 hours. Tours leave Tuesday and Thursday at 11am. Bookings outside of these hours can be arranged with 48 hours’ notice. Minimum of two people.
Hamilton Gardens Guided tour of Enclosed Gardens (Free for chidren under 5yrs)
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