Best for

2 people

Duration

3 nights

Teenage adventure dream

Leave city life behind and head south on a trip that the whole family will love. Forget the screens, the kids will be busy abseiling into glowworm caves, jetboating through fantasy lands, kayaking by sunset and jumping off waterfalls (all under close supervision of course!).

Day 1

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Black Abyss Black Water Rafting

On this 5-hour adventure, you’ll abseil to the depths of the earth, zip line through a glow worm studded cave, climb underground waterfalls and tube through fast-flowing waters.

After checking in you’ll meet your expert guides, who will help you gear up and teach you the basic abseiling and tubing skills you’ll need in the cave. It’s then time to abseil 35 metres into the depths of Ruakuri Cave. The fun doesn’t stop there though, next your guide will connect you to a zip line and you’ll fly through the pitch-black cave, beneath a sky of glow worms. After a quick snack, it’s time to collect your tube and jump into the water, where you’ll float below a living sky and raft underground rapids. Your guides will then send your tubes to the top of the cave and you’ll be free to climb over rocks and up waterfalls, and float through fast-flowing waters using the buoyancy of your wetsuit. You really will test your limits on this unforgettable journey.

Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel

Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel (3 nights)

Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel offers sophisticated, luxury lodge style accommodation right on the edge of Lake Rotorua with a backdrop of mature gardens. Accommodation comprises eight beautifully appointed king/twin guest suites with stunning views over the lake or gardens. The expansive grounds include rose gardens, sweeping lawns, swimming pool, secret grotto, sandy beach, private jetty, heli-pad.

Day 2

New Zealand River Jet

The Squeeze Jetboat Experience

Kiwis have always been keen on an adventure. That’s why some years ago it was a kiwi who invented the world’s first jet boat! Taking this sense of adventure this expereince has been transformed into the ultimate jet boat adventure combo.

Begin your journey with a scenic jet boat ride through Tutukau Gorge. Sit back and take in the remarkable landscape, learn the history and legends of the area and enjoy an abundance of unique wildlife. Marvel at the 50-metre tall walls of the gorge and no visible houses for miles – only pure New Zealand landscape.

Just when you thought you had an easy day ahead, your driver asks you to disembark the boat into knee deep warm water. You will then head towards a narrow gap in the cliff face ahead of you and start the challenge of The Squeeze.

After manoeuvring your way through narrow crevasses, climbing boulders and wading through warm waist-deep water, you emerge in stunning native New Zealand bush.

Immerse yourself in the environment and take the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere while relaxing in the thermal waters of a naturally heated hot spring. Two waterfalls cascade into the pool, offering a serene and unique environment. Sit behind the waterfall and take in the refreshing spray.

River Rats

Evening Kayak Trip

This evening experience a guided Kayak trip to the spectacular Manupirua Springs Hot Pools. Paddle across scenic Lake Rotoiti to this amazing spot only accessible by boat. Situated right on the lake edge there are a range of hot pools of varying temperatures all fed from a natural hot spring.

Have a leisurely soak while your guide cooks an appetising Kiwi BBQ Dinner. After dinner enjoy a sunset paddle across the lake and a visit to the glow worm caves.

Day 3

River Rats

Grade 5 White Water Rafting

Experience the thrill of Whitewater rafting on the Kaituna River.

Soak up the calm peacefulness of the lush native bush surrounding the Kaituna River and realise what 100% Pure New Zealand really means. You will appreciate the warmer waters of the North Island as the water splashes over the raft while you take on the rapids with your expert guide.

You will paddle through the pristine heart of the best rafting region in New Zealand – Okere, Rotorua. This spectacular 2 - 2.5 hour experience provides all the gear you need, initial training and around 50 minutes on the water. Enjoy a thrilling mix of dropping down three waterfalls, pushing through 14 rushing rapids and paddling through calm waters of recovery where you can look back in awe at what you have achieved.

The Tutea Falls on Kaituna (Okere) River, Rotorua is the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall at an almighty 7 meters. There is plenty of time to build up anticipation and practice your newly acquired skills in the rapids and two smaller waterfalls before the big drop. On average around 1 boat in 20 will flip upside down at the bottom of the big waterfall, however all the major rapids are followed by calm water, so there is time to get the boat back upright and get everyone back in.

Safety is paramount and the expert guides have been riding these rapids for many years and they still love every minute of this thrilling experience!

Day 4

Canyonz

Canyoning

This is truly Canyoning New Zealand style! Perhaps the biggest, most exciting and challenging adventure activity in New Zealand, located near Thames in the dramatic Kauaeranga valley on the Coromandel Peninsula. It is an adventure of a lifetime and is something unforgettable.

The Sleeping God canyon tour is a vertical descent of over three hundred metres down a steep set of waterfalls involving abseils/rappels of up to 80 metres, exhilarating water slides and jumps as high as 14 metres into deep dark pools which are guaranteed to thrill the most intrepid explorer!

You will be challenged to do things that you may have never believed you would ever do, however, this does have the consequence of a positively mind blowing and unforgettable day out! With professional canyoning guides and small groups, this is the ultimate canyoning experience and it doesn't get any better than this! The tour is aimed at people with a real taste for adventure and a good level of fitness (comparable to a day of hiking). Big jumps are optional, abseils/rappels are not.

The journey starts at the bottom of the valley floor with a brief korero (talk) about the area history, including the pre-european and kauri logging history. Then the hikoi (walk) begins as you ascend to the top of the river and into the top of the canyon where the views are grand and the experience of what you are about to do finally hits you! You wil lthen put on your gear and start the descent after receiving safety instructions, an abseiling lesson and a traditional karakia (prayer) before dropping over the first 30 metre waterfall.

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