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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 delicious 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 delicious 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 $155.00
Per Person Peak $165.00

What's included

  • Delicious light refreshments while watching the sunset
  • 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.

Duration

  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience

Location

Restrictions

  • Minimum age 8 years..

Available Bookings from September 25 to October 01

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Per Person$130.00 Less than 6 at this price!

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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Kristie Collis from New Zealand wrote on 19 July 2021

Was a lovely evening tour, but a bit pricey

We really enjoyed the tour, sunset over the lake was spectacular, the guides were friendly and great to chat to.

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amberc2 from New Zealand wrote on 08 May 2021

Amazing experience

Highly recommend this tour. So beautiful and peaceful. Don was a great guide. The food and wine was amazing and the service even better

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Quin Thomas from New Zealand wrote on 02 May 2021

Fantastic experience!

A really fun tour! Chris was friendly and charismatic plus we got lucky with a great small group which made the experience even better. The wine and snacks before were great and we learned a surprising amount about the glow worms. Would recommend 100% and can see ourselves returning!

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Tracey Crosby from New Zealand wrote on 01 May 2021

Glow worm kayak tour

Great experience in our own backyard. Friendly, imformative and fun guides. Really enjoyed it.

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Sue Holden from New Zealand wrote on 05 April 2021

Awesome evening adventure

Beautiful park, and plenty of glow worms. Friendly knowledgeable guides who really looked after us. Suitable for all levels of boating skill, and only a mild-moderate amount of fitness required. One of the most unusual activities I’ve done, and it’s whetted my appetite to do more freshwater kayaking, especially at dusk. Highly recommended.

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