Black Water Rafting – Waitomo

When we signed up for the Black Water Rafting Waitomo experience, on our honeymoon, my wife and I had done enough research on it. But, to be fair, it was nothing like the actual experience. The words in different websites do not do justice for the actual adventure that this entails. For that matter, even this may not, because it is something you have to experience firsthand to know how life-changing it is.

What used to be the adventure for the brave is now a famous thing to do in beautiful New Zealand. The country has managed to make this experience not just as adventurous, it is also safe for its visitors. Black Water Rafting, Waitomo, is one of those experiences you must not miss if you are going to New Zealand. They provide a guided tour of the awesome underworld of Ruakuri cave. They take you underground to the most mind-blowing terrain to give you a chance to abseil, weave, jump, climb and float through a glowworm-studded subterrain. What’s more, they give you this entire experience with all the safety in place. They also have two options namely Black Abyss and Black Labyrinth based on what you want to choose.


We were geared up and assigned a guide who could take us through the experience of a lifetime. Our guide, as the reviews had suggested, was light-hearted and kept us entertained through the entire trip. It was great to have conversations with our guide and we got a sense of the history we are going to experience and the journey we were going to embark on. Moving through the caves and seeing the marvels of the underground world was an experience both my wife and I will never forget. We crawled through small holes, walked through the water, climbed waterfalls, went underground in a cave, and the most amazing experience was to float down the river underground in a rubber tube and look up at what could be described as the most amazing sight of the underground in-cave universe, which we are often not exposed to us. Glowworms were on display and I cannot compare it with any experience that I have had before. Breathtaking is an understatement of what I felt going through this experience. I recommend it to anyone who chooses to come to New Zealand and has an itch for adventure.


At the end of the trip, after all the experience that we will remember forever, they were kind enough to include a warm bath, which was necessary and relaxing after the mind-blowing adventure. After the rejuvenating bath, being served with hot beverage and beagles were a welcome delight. This was vital because we were, but, so famished by our enticing trip into the undergrounds.


As much as it was a fascinating experience one of the thoughts we came away with is that this adventure requires a level of fitness. We need to be agile and very healthy to be able to complete this adventure. Though we had a fantastic experience, we were tired as well; it helped us get a sound night’s sleep but also gave us a goal to come back the next time after getting fitter. Of the many things we experienced and learned from New Zealand, a new zest for life is just one of them.



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