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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 $155.00
    Per Person Peak $165.00

    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 May 13 to May 19

    Change Dates

    All prices are shown in NZD ($)

    Thu 13 May
    Fri 14 May
    Sat 15 May
    Sun 16 May
    Mon 17 May
    Tue 18 May
    Wed 19 May

    • Per Person$90.00 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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    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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    Shannon Miladinovic from New Zealand wrote on 04 April 2021

    A must see!!

    It was a very nice experience

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