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Black water rafting at Waitomo

Listed under Extreme Challenge in North Island, New Zealand.

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If you’re not familiar with the idea of black water rafting, it’s got all the thrills and spills associated with the roller coaster on water that is white water rafting but in the dark and on a car inner tube. Underground rivers run through Waitomo’s Ruakuri Caves over waterfalls, rapids and round tight bends, it’s exciting but most of the thrill comes from the location and the water is relatively calm.

If you’re fit and not afraid of the dark you can plummet through on this small donut of rubber, weaving, jumping, bouncing off the walls and squeezing through tight spaces and if that’s not enough adventure for you, you can also go abseiling or caving as well. It’s not totally black though, glow worms lights up parts of the subterranean tunnels and you’re given a miners hat with a light to wear, which is very fetching with your wetsuit.

Journeys end is the Waitomo forest. Several companies offer this experience, packed in a variety of ways with abseiling, walking and climbing in the caves, all gear id provided.

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Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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