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Very good day out. Varied. Guide offered options of squeezing through different pot holes/holes. Great floating through caverns looking up at glow worms.
Days caving including abseil, caving, zoobing and a climb = all with glowworms which were spectacular. Facilities and grear were poor but guide was excellent. Loved it!!
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Good value caving experience, great staff and a brilliant caving experience including abseiling, glowworms, tubing and climbing.
Five hour tour through the Waitomo Caves. You have to face your fears. Climbing through holes. Amazing.
Yves & Sylvia
Awesome day...... all of everything, rafting, caving and abseiling.
I was after some remarkable water based activities during my recent self drive tour of the north island and this excursion certainly filled the bill! However, I happened to arrive at the office enquiring shortly before a group was to leave and quickly included without a lot of briefing.....what I thought was a 'black water rafting' experience soon had abseiling, caving and sheer rock climbing added by stealth!
I took it under my belt, having gone through the experience of kitting up, but found my helmet didn't fit me even after adjustment and my battery powered light was poor. Although a fit 53year old dragon boater, my knees did not fare well with all the wading through a rocky water bed where it was impossible to see where to step.
The crawling through some minor cavern tunnels to get a photo taken at the end of the crawl, seemed a bit 'set-up' to me, but they were reasonably done and available on CD only at the end of the trip.
The guide Rudi was great, especially as he had to come back down to rescue me when I froze half way up the 20m sheer rock face. I'm short sighted, and was encouraged to leave my glasses behind, so when he went first and I was to follow, I couldn't see which foot and handholds he used, so really only got up as far I had been able to observe before I lost my nerve. Rudi came down on the same rope and encouraged me to use my knees more to hoist onto smaller distances (which would have been hepful to know before I set off). I felt safe enough....it was just my frustration with not being able to ascertain where to go and my knees were killing me by that stage.
I can look back on it as an achievement, but would suggest they include a statement fully outlining the challenges to the declaration that you sign, and include any phobias for heights or confined spaces to the health risks checklist of pregnancy, high blood pressure etc which I did sign for.
Best value for only $160 - still a lot of money, but cool experience. Cool guide.
Awesome! I usually don't like guided activities but I wouldn't have been able to do this otherwise. Worth the $ for all the parts.