Rap, Raft 'N' Rock

Rap, Raft 'N' Rock

Waitomo

Reviews

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Tamlin Barton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Very good day out. Varied. Guide offered options of squeezing through different pot holes/holes. Great floating through caverns looking up at glow worms.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Ed Trucie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

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!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Ali Hendry

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Good value caving experience, great staff and a brilliant caving experience including abseiling, glowworms, tubing and climbing.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Isabel Winkow

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Five hour tour through the Waitomo Caves. You have to face your fears. Climbing through holes. Amazing.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Yves & Sylvia

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome day...... all of everything, rafting, caving and abseiling.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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chippies5169

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Louisa

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Best value for only $160 - still a lot of money, but cool experience. Cool guide.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Ashley Mckenney

United States

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Philip Gierke

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice little groups but need more action.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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J van de Vlekkert

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Waitomo caves, glowworm with abseiling, walking glowworms and tubing was very nice, good guide.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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AlisonB

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent value for money. Brendan was a great guide who always gave you confidence in all the pursuits.
Really enjoyed the trip, despite being a 57 year old virgin in abseiling and rock climbing! Highly recommended.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Peter Schmidt

Denmark

Ranking: 6/10

Guide was awesome - best guide ever. We saw some nice eels down there, and the absail was great. The cave itself wasn't all that much to talk about: Just a basic underground tunnel with a stream. The rafting was silly and the crawl-throughs were only short optional ones where (2-3 meters).

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Mathias Skov

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Good value for money. Very good instructor. Cheap pictures.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Chris Leach

England

Ranking: 9/10

waitamo caves all singing all dancing tour got to do a bit of everything. geat fun with an excellent guide.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Hannah Clark

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent guide who really knew his stuff! We had the chance to experience a bit of everything (rock climbing, abseiling and caving). Glow worms were amazing - really good day (even in the rain).

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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hermine Petz

Austria

Ranking: 9/10

Good value for money. I had a great guide and DC with lots of pics for a reasonable price.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Brit_Chick

United Kingdom

Ranking: 2/10

Hated this trip! The guide was rude and obnoxious! The wet suits smelled like wee! I also stayed at the hostel which was rank, mouse traps clearly visable! Agree with earlier point that the photos taken were crap! I've given 2 points because 1. When the torch was turned off to see the glow worms they were nice (and the guide didn't talk) 2. There was chocolate!

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Robert Wolf

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Really the best value for money considering the 5 hours it takes, and is a combination of 5 different activities. Really awesome!

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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jaie rayner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

One of the best things we did! Excellent, personal service that was not at all rushed or hurried through. Was an awesome challenge just dont expect a huge amount of rafting (you have too much fun doing everything else anyway)

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Diana Spaulding

United States

Ranking: 10/10

This was an awesome trip! Our guide, Simon, was really cool and showed us a lot. Wasn't quite sure what to expect at first when we went through a field of sheep but once we got to cave it was awesome. One of the highlights of our trip (after skydiving).

A lot cheaper than other companies and well worth it.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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hilary hale

England

Ranking: 8/10

Great trip, Brendan was an excellent guide. Small group, good gear and good location with no queuing.Excellent venue in caves with good mix of activities and bruises to show for it. We would of liked more tubing but overall balance was good.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Amelie

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Rafting, climbing, abseil etc in caves. It was fun!

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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JasonL

England

Ranking: 6/10

Piss taking guide.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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EmmaL

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

We went to Waitomo caves with them and it was fab! Would defently recommend it.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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BeckieM

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Good fun, lots of glow worms and optional mud-bath! Complimentary soup and chocolate at the end really good photos on the dvd.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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emmah

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Guide was a bit 'hap hazard' - didn't even notice that my climbing rope was caught on a rock - he just kept trying to pull me up. Great, exhilarating trip overall though.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Steve

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Friendly staff, able to answer all questions. Very interesting trip through Waitomo caves. Only downside - Paying for very unproffesional photographs.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Jows

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Good guidance but can't count. $110 less 10% = $99 not $100.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Richard

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing!

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Betty Kenny

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

This tour was the highlight of my trip to New Zealand. Our guide Neil was highly amusing and entertaining. He also made sure our experience was very safe. The glow worms are spectacular and abseling into the cave was exhilarating. Floating down the cave in tubes with our helmet lights off was a really memorable experience. Try to remember some of the things that Neil or your guide tells you and you'll get more chocolate.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Kerim

England

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent day trip combining all activities on one package.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Hannah

England

Ranking: 9/10

Great experience, lovely guide. All new experiences to try in one trip.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Carolyn

England

Ranking: 8/10

For a taste of everything & not too extreme, this company offers value for money.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Bucher

Switzerland

Ranking: 5/10

Short tour and not very deep in to the cave. Not real rafting and pictures should be included in the price.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Zachari

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Waitomo caves. Nice guide and good experience.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Thorsten Kabelitz

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Really recommend this, it was a good tour. Guide was fantastic, small group, full of adventure.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Naomi Horton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent. Small group, guide answered everything - really enjoyed it. Good atmosphere.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Trish

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Blackwater rafting was misleading. More like a lazy river ride. Abseiling and caving was awesome though.

Reviewed over 13 years ago and experienced in April 2007

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Jonas

Sweden

Ranking: 8/10

Cheapest in Waitomo but still really cool. The funniest guide ever.

Reviewed over 13 years ago and experienced in March 2007