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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 $140.00

    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 13 to December 19

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    All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)

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

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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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    Lilly Maritz from New Zealand wrote on 17 December 2016

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    Magical experience

    What a beautiful and absolutely magical tour. Even though it was drizzling it was still a great experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and shared lots of fun facts about glow worms. Definitely worth doing.

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    Thanks for your awesome review and picture Lilly! Really glad to hear tha you had a great tour!

    Katharine Zhang from Canada wrote on 03 December 2016

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    Amazing Experience

    I booked this tour through BookMe - first time seeing the glow worms and it was an amazing experience. Tour guides Tom and Dana were very friendly and knowledgable. After having some snacks while watching the sunset, we kayaked to the glow worm cave - it was so peaceful and quiet! On the way back the night sky was dark and clear - it was a real treat to kayak under the stars. Would definitely recommend this tour if you're up for adventure!

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    Thanks for your review Katharine! Love the picture :)

    Jenine from Australia wrote on 17 October 2016

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    Wonderful experience

    Great guide, knowledgable & friendly. Picturesque scenery despite the slight rain it was still serene. Delicious warm mulled wine. Highly recommend this experience. September 2016

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    Thanks for your great review! Your pictures look awesome

    Olivia Greene from New Zealand wrote on 12 December 2018

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    It was amazing.

    It was absolutely incredible, I really enjoyed it, and so did Austin. Would definitely recommend it to everyone! Our instructor was amazing as well, and explained so much.

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