Innovative Caving Experiences18/04/2013
Waitomo Glowworm Caves and The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company, both part of the Tourism Holdings Limited (thl) portfolio of brands, have recently launched two exciting new activities for inquisitive and adventurous tourists looking to take their New Zealand travel experience to new depths.
Experience the Trilogy and the Black Odyssey are two innovative activities recently launched by thl, which allow visitors to go deep underground and experience the geological wonders of Waitomo regional caves.
Renowned for crystal limestone formations, subterranean waterfalls and a canopy of glowworms, glide by boat along an underground river leaving you awe-struck at the sheer majesty of nature.
Celebrating its 125th year of operation next year, Waitomo Glowworm Caves continues to be at the cutting edge of tourism attractions in New Zealand and is pleased to incorporate these unique attractions into its already vast variety of activities on offer.
Visitors can Experience the Trilogy with a unique tourism package based around the success of the recently launched Hobbit movie that showcases to the world the best of what the North Island of New Zealand has to offer.
The innovative partnership between three of New Zealand’s leading tourism companies: Hobbiton Movie Set Tours, Te Puia cultural Maori experience in Rotorua and thl’s Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Cave where part of the Hobbit movie was created, makes it even easier for domestic and international travellers to experience New Zealand’s breath-taking attractions.
Discover Waitomo Operations Manager for thl, Gordon Hewston says: “The Experience the Trilogy package offers a unique combination of experiences in this magical part of New Zealand, bringing the famous films into stunning reality for kids and adults alike.
“We are proud to work so closely with our partners at Hobbiton Movie Set Tours and Te Puia to create a unique and highly engaging New Zealand experience which showcases the best of what we have to offer in this incredibly scenic part of the world.”
As part of the Experience the Trilogy tour visitors travel to the magical world of Waitomo and experience Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Cave.
For those looking for an exciting challenge to really push their comfort zone, the Black Odyssey – a world first in technical caving adventures – is perfect for adrenaline junkies.
The Black Odyssey is a four hour dry caving adventure led by expert guides from The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company which has 25 years of caving experience, taking travellers through some of the most hidden parts of the extraordinary Ruakuri Cave.
Travellers will get to face their fears with extreme traversing and mind-blowing heights as they edge across bridges elevated above roaring streams, spider-walk through ancient rift passages and challenge themselves with technical high rope work, abseiling and flying foxes.
Gordon Hewston says: “The Black Odyssey is a welcome addition to the established portfolio of tours offered by The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company.
“Waitomo has long been a must-visit destination for both national and international travellers thanks to the quality of activities on offer like our world renowned The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co and Waitomo Glowworm Caves tours.
“We have seen a great interest in the Black Odyssey with visitors coming from all over the world to experience this amazing caving option which isn’t available anywhere else in the world,” says Gordon Hewston.
Before or after your caving experience the Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, which opened in 2010, is the ideal place to gather and relax.
The spectacular architectural building offers a variety of facilities and experiences to Waitomo visitors, including a restaurant spanning two levels which seats up to 250 customers, and includes exclusive dining area for groups.
There is also a 50 seat café and a retail space offering a large variety of high quality gifts and souvenirs.
• Prices for the package, including entry fees and tours through Hobbiton Movie Set Tours, Te Puia and Te Po (plus the banquet) and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Cave are: adult $277, child $128, family $728, extra child (with family pass) $116.
• To experience the Black Odyssey, for safety reasons, you must be over 16 years of age, weigh over 45kg and pass a ‘fit test’ before starting the adventure.
• For more information and to book visit www.waitomo.com or phone: 0800 228 464 or +64 7 878 6219.