Welcome to Underworld Adventures

Based in Charleston, West Coast, New Zealand. Underworld Adventures offer  Rainforest Train ride and Gloworm Cave Tours to the sublime Underworld Rafting, or perhaps even full on Adventure Caving. They  are all here at Charleston near Westport on the South Island’s West Coast. The team invite you to  share with them a voyage of discovery.
Underworld Adventures, established in 1987 and world famous for their #1 adventure, Underworld Rafting. Just check out their TripAdvisor page!  They now offer a full repertoire of Underworld Adventures for all ages and abilities. They invite you to explore the featured adventures and guarantee your Underworld Adventure will be a highlight of your New Zealand experience!

Underworld Rafting

A superb 4 hour Black Water Rafting adventure in the Paparoa National Park.
Visitors are fitted out with designer wet suits, wet suit socks boots gloves and helmet at the NWA Ltd Charleston Base. A courtesy coach takes you to The Nile River Rainforest Train for transport through the primeval rain forest and towering limestone cliffs of the Nile River Canyon.
Once changed, a short climb is required to enter the enormous Nile River Cave System where you meander through a calcitic paradise of stalactites and stalagmites in the upper dry levels of the cave.
Down in the lower active levels of the Cave, you meet up with a slow moving underground river on which you float in your tube using only the natural light of a simply awe inspiring display of glow worms for navigation.
You emerge from the cave into a remote and untouched world before leaving its tranquillity for the rushing bubbling waters of the low grade Nile River Rapids.
This is an award winning adventure at its best. Discover why!

•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$175 per adult, $145 per child (16 Years old and under)

Gloworm Cave Tour

A passive eco tour through the enormous Nile River Caves in the Paparoa National Park.
Meet us at our Charleston Base or we can meet you at your Westport accommodation. At our Charleston Base you will be equipped with caving helmets, coats and boots if necessary – then taken to the Nile River Rainforest Train for travel through the primeval rain forest close to the enormous Nile River Caves.
You will explore an ancient wonderland of stalactites, stalagmites in the large dry upper levels and become entranced while under the galaxies of glowworms in the awe-inspiring Ananui entrance series.
Discovered only recently, the Metro cave is one of the few caves in the world you can walk through and see in its natural, unspoilt state, the way it was discovered.
This is a simply stunning soft eco tour in a very special place.

•Must be able to walk unassisted for two hours on uneven surfaces
•Warm clothing 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)

Bookings Essential Enquire Now

NZD$110 per adult, $85 per child. Family (2 adults, 2 kids) $340 (Child = 16yo or below)

Rainforest Train

A short interpretative train ride in open carriages through primeval rain forest.
Completed in December 2002, The Nile River Rainforest Train recreated a bygone era where bush trams once prevailed. The Train provides visitors with a fantastic way to experience the spectacular landscapes of the Nile River Canyon in the South Island’s Paparoa National Park.
Depart from the festival station at the entry to the water sculptured limestone Nile River Canyon. Enjoy the landscape and interpret the environment as the train meanders its way through the rainforest beside the Nile River.
Pass through many of the film sites for the BBC’s “The Lost World” production and imagine the pioneers at work in the canyon.
Arrive at “Softrock Station”, nestled beneath the towering limestone buffs. Take a short walk from the station through the rainforest to the Nile River Suspension Bridge before your return journey to the festival station.

•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.

Bookings Essential Enquire Now 

NZD$20 per adult, $15 per child (16 Years old and under)

Adventure Caving

A full-on expedition style adventure.
An adventure truly not for the faint hearted. As the name states, Adventure Caving is full on expedition style caving. Following practise, you begin your mini expedition with a 130 ft abseil down Hi Hi Tomo. Down under, a scramble over boulders in dry rift passages take you to the active waterways of Te Tahi Cave.
Wire ladders are used to climb rifts and waterfalls. Stealth and commitment is required to climb, chimney, bridge gaps and crawl through amazing passages.
Active waterways replace the dry sporty passages with cascades, waterfalls, and squeezes. It is great fun and a physical challenge negotiating these narrow water passages, but essential to return to the larger well decorated dry caverns.
Along the way you will have a snack in the white room stacked with superb formation. You will come face to face with fossils and develop an understanding of what exploratory caving is all about. Adventure Caving is guaranteed to challenge your fears and phobias!

•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

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NZD$330 per person – adults only

Bookings are essential during Summer Season Nov- March 

Contact The Team At Greymouth i-SITE

Email: info@westcoasttravel.co.nz

Phone: 0800 GREYMOUTH