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Waimarino Kayak Tours - Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour

If you’re looking for truly extraordinary New Zealand experience then look no further than the incredible Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour.

Highlights

  • Watch the ducks, swans and other birdlife as you enjoy wine, New Zealand cheeses and refreshments
  • Launch your kayak into the picturesque lake at dusk and paddle to the mysterious glow worm canyon
  • Enter the narrow, high-sided canyon and marvel at the constellations of glow worms all around you
  • Informative commentary about the life cycle and peculiarities of the New Zealand glow worms

This one of a kind tour combines the pleasure of kayaking with the experience of seeing millions of dazzling glowworms glisten all around you.

Your incredible journey begins when we transport you from the Waimarino Adventure Park to the launch site on the tranquil waters of Lake McLaren.

Watch the ducks, swans and other birdlife as you enjoy wine from the award winning Mills Reef winery, delicate New Zealand cheeses and refreshments.

Our knowledgeable guides will provide a safety briefing and help you get acquainted with your kayak. No experience is required.

Feel the anticipation build as you launch your kayak into the picturesque lake at dusk and paddle to the mysterious glow worm canyon.

Enter the narrow, high-sided canyon and marvel at the constellations of glow worms all around you.

Kayaking in the dark allows you to see the glow worms at their full effect. Your professional guides will be with you every step of the way and you’ll also get to enjoy fascinating & informative commentary about the life cycle and peculiarities of the New Zealand fungus gnat (glow worms).

Join us for a spectacular journey and a memorable adventure that’s simply not to be missed.

Duration: Approximately 1-1½ hour kayaking. Total tour duration: 3-3½ hour tour.

Location: Tours depart from Waimarino Adventure Park, 36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, Tauranga 3176

Departure Times:

  • January – 7.45pm
  • February – 7.30pm
  • March (1st - 15th) – 6.45pm
  • March (16th - 31st) – 6pm
  • April (1st - daylight saving end) – 6pm
  • April (daylight saving end - 30th) – 4.45pm
  • May (1st - 15th) – 4.15pm
  • May (16th - 31st) – 4pm
  • June – 4pm
  • July – 4.15pm
  • August – 4.45pm
  • September (1st - daylight saving starts) – 5pm
  • September (daylight saving starts - 30th) – 6.30pm
  • October – 6.30pm
  • November – 7pm
  • December – 7.30pm
  • Per Person $135.00

    What's included

    • A cheeseboard & fruit platter with NZ wines & juice at sunset during the warmer months; or salami, dried kiwi fruit and locally made mulled wine during the winter months.
    • Double sea-kayaks, paddles, spray decks, paddle-jackets & buoyancy aids. (Fleeces will also be provided if required).
    • Return transport to and from Waimarino Adventure Park.

    Restrictions

    • Minimum age 8 years.

    Available Bookings from December 01 to December 07

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    2spaces priced from:

    • Per Person$110.00

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    • Per Person$110.00

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    • Per Person$110.00

    4spaces priced from:

    • Per Person$89.00

    4spaces priced from:

    • Per Person$78.00

    4spaces priced from:

    • Per Person$89.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Per Person$110.00

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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    lisaw20 from Australia wrote on 10 December 2019

    Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour

    Highly recommended, fun yet safety conscious tour suitable for all ages. Fantastic experience, for my first ever glow worm kayaking evening tour. Out guides Jono and Emile, ran things like clockwork, oozing with professionalism. Clearly both are highly experienced kayakers. There was no waiting around, everything was so well organised that our evening flowed calmly and smoothly without a hiccup. The wine and nibbles set the scene right from the start. I am an experienced kayaker so didn’t need any additional assistance. We had a few in our group who had never kayaked. They were given all the guidance they needed to relax and thoroughly enjoy the misty kayak to and from the glow worm cave. And man, that cave blew my mind!!! Thanks for a fantastic evening and a definite highlight of my North Island holiday.

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    viresh29 from India wrote on 25 October 2020

    Awasmmmmm

    Thousands of glowworm wow....☺️Must do activitiy

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    nicholast from New Zealand wrote on 11 October 2020

    Amazing tour

    We had a wonderful time experiencing the glow worm tour! Our guides were friendly and very knowledgeable about the glow worms. They were super enthusiastic which help made the evening even more exciting. The kayak part itself was surprisingly very relaxing. I would highly recommend this tour to anybody! Also thank you Jono and Jo for giving us an amazing tour

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    lizaa from New Zealand wrote on 17 October 2019

    What a nice adventure!

    Our family experience could have been perfect but the other tourist guide wasn't "patient enough" to guide me doing kayak paddle thing. It shows in the Waimarino tour that it's not a requirement for the tourist to have a skill on kayaking so it's a common sense to think that some people for the first time not be able to paddle well compared to others. And my son and I were scared when the kayak boat went to the sides of glow worm area, his face was slapped by branches of trees making us scared but somehow it was a good adventure. Accident does happens anyway....

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    Ashleigh Lim from Ireland wrote on 16 July 2020

    Wonderful

    Really loved it. The kayak to the cavern is super easy and you get given loads of clothes to keep you warm and dry. Being on the lake in the dark is something different and surreal. Once you get to the glow worms you just stare in awe and our guide told us a really lovely Maori story of how the glow worms came to exist. The story and sitting there surrounded by glow worms and the stars in the sky created a really magical atmosphere that I didn’t want to end.

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