Underworld Adventures are located in Charleston near Westport on the West Coast of the South Island and will show you a voyage of discovery that is suitable for all ages and abilities. With four distinct cave & karst adventures to choose from including Underworld Cave Rafting, Adventure Caving, a Glow-worm Cave Tour and a Rainforest Train. In one of New Zealand’s largest unmodified Cave Systems you will experience spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, galaxies of glow-worms and a water cave complete with abseils, climbs, crawls and squeezes.
The 4 hour Underworld Black Water Rafting Adventure starts form our Charleston base where you are fitted out with the appropriate gear before joining the ‘Nile River Rainforest Train’ which will transport you into the Paparoa National Park travelling through towering limestone cliffs and primeval rainforest. Once at the cave system you meander through the upper dry levels of the cave, through a paradise of stalagmites and stalactites and once in the lower levels of the cave you float in your tube on the slow moving underground river with glow-worms lighting the way. Emerge into the bubbling rushing waters of the low grade Nile River Rapids.
If you are looking for a full on expedition style adventure then the 5 hour ‘Adventure Caving’ tour is for you, it’s certainly not for the fainthearted. After some practice you’ll begin by abseiling down 130 feet, then a scramble over some boulders before reaching the active waterways of Te Tahi Cave. On wire ladders you will climb rifts and waterfalls and crawl through amazing passages and when the active waterways replace the dry passages you will encounter cascades and waterfalls as you negotiate these narrow water passages. So challenge your fears and your phobias today.
For a passive but stunning 3 1/2 hour eco tour through the Nile River Caves the ‘Gloworm Cave Tour’ will excite you with its wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites and you will be entranced by the galaxies of glow-worms that you will discover. Recently discovered the Metro Cave is completely unspoilt, one of the few caves in the world that you can see in its natural state.
The Rainforest Train provides visitors with a fantastic way to experience the stunning landscapes of the Nile River Canyon as it meanders its way through the rainforest. Recreating a bygone era where bush trams once prevailed and where you can imagine the early pioneers at work in the canyon. Enjoy a short walk on the Suspension Bridge before you embark on the return journey.