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511 State Highway 6,

Coal Creek, Greymouth

0800 669 372

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Underworld Adventures

Located in Charleston, North of Punakaiki

‘Underworld Rafting’ & ‘The GlowWorm Cave Tours’ are adventures in one of NZ’s largest Natural Wilderness Cave Systems amidst spectacular Stalactite & Stalagmite creations & galaxies of GlowWorms that are unequaled on our planet.

Underworld Rafting

A very special adventure. Take the Nile River Rainforest Train through lush rain forest, explore an enormous untouched cave system decorated with a breathtaking assemblage of pristine stalactites and stalagmites. Float below through incredible Glow-worm lit grottoes and have fun bouncing down the Nile River rapids.

The Nile River Rainforest Train

A short interpretative train ride in open carriages through pristine rain forest in the magnificent Nile River Canyon. You pass through the film sites for the "The Lost World" and can enjoy a short walk along the towering limestone cliffs to the Nile River Suspension Bridge.

The Charleston Gloworm Cave Tour

A superb eco-cave tour where you travel by Nile River Rainforest Train through tranquil rain forest and explore the enormous Nile River Cave System. You walk amidst a pristine ancient "wonderland" of stalactites and stalagmites, journey to the awe-inspiring Ananui entrance series & be awestruck by the "galaxies" of Glow-worms.

Adventure Caving

Full on expedition style caving where you explore an amazing sporty cave. We will take you down deep shafts into the rushing active waterways of a place you never will forget. It includes airy abseils, fun climbs, exciting squeezes, & wet crawls. You will be challenged- go deep and experience what exploratory caving is all about.

Things to Know

Underworld Rafting

  • Must be 10 years or over

  • Water confidence required

  • Suitable for waterproof cameras only

  • Swimwear and a towel required

  • Allow 4 hours from our Charleston Base

  • Trips depart 9am, 11.30am, 2.00pm (Winter 10.00am, 12.30pm)

  • We photograph your trip with free downloads

NZD$185 per adult, $150 per child (16 Years old and under)

 

Nile River Rainforest Train

  • Suited to everyone, old or young – Bookings direct with Underworld Adventures

  • Allow 1.5hrs return from our Charleston Base

  • Trips depart 9am, 11.30am, 2.00pm (10.00am and 12.30pm Winter)

 

Trips depart daily and are timed in conjunction with the scheduled Caving Adventures.

 

Departure and return times may vary accordingly.

Charleston Gloworm Cave Tour

  • Must be able to walk unassisted for up to two hours on uneven surfaces

  • Warm clothing, rain jacket and robust footwear advisable

  • Cameras permitted

  • Trips takes 3.5 hours return from our Charleston Base

  • Trips depart 9am, 11.30am, 2.00pm  (10:00 am and 12:30 pm Winter)

 

NZD$120 per adult, $87.50 per child. Family (2 adults, 2 kids) $400 (Child = 16 years or below)

Adventure Caving

  • Must have a good level of fitness

  • Full mental commitment required

  • Allow 5 hours return from our Charleston Base

  • Suitable for 16 years and over

  • Swimwear and a towel required

  • Trips depart 9am, 11.30am, 2.00pm (Winter 10.00am, 12.30pm)

  • We photograph your trip with free downloads

 

NZD$350 per person – adults only

Cafe

Cafe on site - Download the menu HERE

Contact

Phone: +64 3 788 8168 or 0800 11 6686
Email: contact@caverafting.com
Postal: Box 7, Charleston 7865, New Zealand

Getting There

We operate from The Charleston ‘Underworld Adventure Centre and Cafe”, situated alongside State Highway 6 in the historic township of Charleston – 20 minutes drive on SH6 south of Westport or 30 minutes drive on SH6 north of Punakaiki and the Pancake Rocks.

Multi-Day Adventures on the West Coast

SCENIC & ADVENURE

2 Days - Private Guided Tour

Price Includes:

  • TranzApline Train Ride,

  • Guided Tour with On Yer Bike Adventures!

  • 1 Night Accommodation

  • Detailed Itinerary

  • Full Customer Support

From:

$404

$739

Price is per person based on Twin Share Price

EXPERIENCE & DISCOVERY

3 Days - Self-Drive 

Price Includes:

  • TranzApline Train Ride,

  • Guided Tour with On Yer Bike Adventures!

  • 2 Nights Accommodation

  • 2 Day Rental Car Hire

  • Day Pass into Shantytown

  • Detailed Itinerary

  • Full Customer Support

From:

$612

$1018

Price is per person based on Twin Share Price

FUN & TRANQUILITY

4 Days - Self-Drive 

Price Includes:

  • TranzApline Train Ride,

  • Guided Tour with On Yer Bike Adventures!

  • 2 Nights Accommodation Greymouth

  • 1 Night Accommodation in Punakaiki

  • 3 Day Rental Car Hire

  • Day Pass into Shantytown

  • Detailed Itinerary

  • Full Customer Support

From:

$744

$1232

Price is per person based on Twin Share Price