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Welcome to Underworld Adventures in Charleston, West Coast, New Zealand

Charleston near Westport on the South Island’s untamed West Coast

Experience one of the world’s best GlowWorm displays in a pristine and untamed natural wilderness environment. Join us on a voyage of discovery in a subterranean world that is seldom seen.

Usually the preserve of keen, skilled adventurers, Underworld Adventures has the experienced local guides and specialised equipment to share this magical world on adventures that suit families, the young and fit and even older explorers.  We will take you to a place seldom seen, ancient, silent, timeless, and breathtakingly beautiful.

Float beneath surreal galaxies of GlowWorms, enjoy an easy walk and explore the way cavers do! Whichever cave adventure you choose, you’ll gain memories of a lifetime with an experience like no other.

Hidden in the wilderness of the Paparoa National Park these adventures have been created by experienced cavers to amaze and educate, to leave lasting memories and to preserve our fragile ecosystems. With responsible and sustainable journeys at our core, we will share with you the absolute best of the wild West Coast, offering personal, small-group tours in a real and untamed environment.

Our adventures

Underworld Adventures is based in Charleston, nestled between rugged mountain tops and the wild Tasman Sea. With rainforest clad limestone country on our doorstep, we offer a unique variety of cave and karst adventures.

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Award-winning Underworld Rafting and GlowWorm experience

You'll experience one of the world's best GlowWorm displays from the unique vantage of a subterranean lake. Explore an enormous cave system in its natural beauty, decorated with breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites, while you learn from our local guides about this incredible natural environment.

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The Magical GlowWorm Cave Tour

Take a journey on foot into the magical Ananui cave system. You'll marvel at the beauty of Arachnocampa luminosa - the New Zealand GlowWorm and see the galaxies they create, deep underground. You'll explore the hidden galleries of pristine stalactites and stalagmites within this ancient cave system in the Paparoa National Park.

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Nile River Rainforest Train

A stunning short interpretative train ride through pristine rain forest and a majestic Limestone Canyon. Wander amongst towering karst cliffs, enjoying the fascinating beauty of The Nile River Valley landscape.

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Te Tahi Adventure Caving

A thrilling, Adrenaline-Junkie's playground! Abseil airy shafts and explore underground streamways, while mastering short climbs, exciting squeezes and wet crawls - this is the leading edge of cave adventure, in a pristine and challenging environment.

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Limited time offer: GlowWorms, Swingbridge and Stay package!

Enjoy the amazing GlowWorm Cave Tour, the Buller Gorge Swingbridge Comet Line and a night in Punakaiki at the Ocean View Retreat. The ultimate road trip package!

$299 GlowWorm, Bridge and Stay Package

Underworld Cafe

Relax and enjoy our modern Café. Treat yourself to a delicious barista coffee, a sweet treat or a savoury delight. Proud stockist of the amazing West Coast Pie Company's wild game pies!

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