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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 July 10 to July 16

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    • Per Person$95.00

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    Sarah Sullivan from New Zealand wrote on 19 January 2018

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    A glow worm with a difference

    We had an amazing time! For those interested in my experience they can read about them here http://thecrazykiwiabroad.com/waimarino-glow-worms/

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    EunJee from New Zealand wrote on 06 October 2018

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    It's fantastic!

    This tour was really perfect from start to finish. Me and my daughter enjoyed everything and our awkward rowing was no problem thanks to friendly guides. They did their best to allow tourists to enjoy the Glow worm and the stars. I will actively recommend this tour to my friends.

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    From Waimarino Kayak Tours - Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour

    Hi there, thank you so much for your kind review. We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Cheers, Rach.

    Michele from Switzerland wrote on 29 February 2020

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    Nice trip

    Well organized Nice tour Good informations and stories

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    Geertje Verbaan from Netherlands wrote on 23 March 2020

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    Free walk at mc Larenfalls park just as beautiful

    The kayak tour is at mc Laren Falls park. We slept there the night before and walked the free glowworm walk. That is beautiful. Just as nice as this payed tour. We had fun with the guids, their jokes and kayaking is nice but we wouldnt have booked it as we knew everything before because on the pictures on the internet you see real cafés, we didnt kayak there. And not so much glowworms as on the pictures.

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    REGULA from Switzerland wrote on 16 February 2020

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    Regula

    Fantastic

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