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Glow Worm Kayaking Experience - NZ Kayaker

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Join NZ Kayaker for an extraordinary journey to New Zealand’s premiere glowworm location!

You’ll start your trip at the beautiful Lake McLaren just after dark, making your way to the secret location as night falls.

A visual wonderland, these spectacular creatures will have you in a trance as they sparkle and shimmer above you.

Marvel at a world of incomparable beauty and unforgettable sights as you cruise this fascinating location.

The Glow Worm Experience is an amazing trip for people of any age or ability level and has fantastic results in any weather conditions.

Suitable for all experience levels - your friendly guide will give you a run down on kayak operation before you head off on your adventure.

A unique and awe-inspiring experience that will be remembered for a lifetime!



Per Person: $79

Family: $280 (2 adults + 2 kids)

*Children under 10 years must be accompanied by an adult.


Departure & Duration: McLarens Falls Bridge. Allow 2.5 - 3 hours


Important - Please Note:

  • Customers need to be physically capable of paddling their own kayak. While our tours are designed to be easy, they do require a degree of effort so may not be suitable for people for everyone. Please contact us prior to booking if you have any concerns.
  • Customers need to have a reasonable comprehension of English. For safety reasons we need to insure all participants can understand our instructions.

  • Trips require a minimum of 4 passengers. Single bookings are wait listed to confirm.

  • Communication is key. If you’re running late and do not contact us, if you haven’t responded to emails or phone calls, or if you simply do not follow instructions, we may cancel your trip for the sake of everyone else’s enjoyment.

  • Please be aware that a trip may consist of multiple groups and slots can be in high demand. Once booked we may not be able to change your booking so please choose carefully.


    Additional Information:

    After purchasing this trip you will be contacted by us to discuss final details. You will be emailed an information sheet which details where we meet, what to bring, and what time.

    Customers will need to provide their own transport and meet their guide at Lake McLaren - a 15 minute drive from Tauranga.

    Due to the variation in sunset times throughout the year, the trip start time varies. The times for each month are:

  • January – 7.30pm
  • February – 7.30pm
  • March 7pm
  • April (1st - daylight saving end) – 6pm
  • May 5pm
  • June – 4.30pm
  • July – 4.30pm
  • August – 5pm
  • September (1st - daylight saving starts) – 5.30pm
  • October – 6.30pm
  • November – 7pm
  • December – 7.30pm
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    Susan Schmidt from Germany wrote on 03 April 2018

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    amazing trip

    We had a good time kayaking to the glow worm caves at lake mclaren. Our guide was very nice and he gave us a lot informations about New Zealand in general and the glow worms. Everything was well organized, the equipment was new and we've got advised well. We recommend the Kayak tour for 45NYD.

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    Georgina from New Zealand wrote on 05 March 2018

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    Couldn’t have been a better experience, our guide Copey was awesome. We were so lucky we had such a clear night, saw shooting stars whilst floating back from the glow worm cave. Peaceful and tranquil setting with spectacular views. Couldn’t recommend it more!

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    Miranda from United Kingdom wrote on 27 January 2017

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    Excellent Adventure

    Tim Taylor took us to the magical kingdom of glow worms and shared with us his knowledge of the Mclaren Falls Park. We even saw some deer. The group was small and the evening was breathtakingly beautiful. Tim made some nice photos which he shared with us a few days later in high resolution. He is such a great guy full of adventure himself and is ready to share his knowledge of kayaking. Highly recommended to anyone in love with nature and adventure.

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    Jesse from United States wrote on 15 May 2018

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    Fantastic Experience -- Highly recommend

    Kayaking to see the glowworms ended up being one of my favorite experiences during out time in New Zealand. It was such a fun and unique was of seeing the glowworms. I loved the small group size. it felt more personal and intimate than the large tourism glowworm caves. When we went, we were the only ones on the water. Our guide was fantastic and really helped to make sure we had a great time.

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    Ekta Ranjan from New Zealand wrote on 03 May 2018

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    Fabulous ride

    It was the best birthday gift for my husband. We had this experience for the first time. Our guide was very helpful. I was 35 weeks pregnant. He made sure, I had the safest Kayak and gears. He gave us so much of information on the glow worms. He rowed with my 10-year-old son and my son enjoyed a lot. We received an email explaining every step to be done and he was readily available on phone to solve our queries. Overall an awesome experience.

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