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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 09 to December 15

    Change Dates

    All prices are shown in NZD ($)

    Mon 9 Dec
    Tue 10 Dec
    Wed 11 Dec
    Thu 12 Dec
    Fri 13 Dec
    Sat 14 Dec
    Sun 15 Dec

    5spaces priced from:

    • Per Person$78.00

    9spaces priced from:

    • Per Person$99.00

    11spaces priced from:

    • Per Person$130.00

    9spaces priced from:

    • Per Person$104.00

    10spaces priced from:

    • Per Person$130.00

    9spaces priced from:

    • Per Person$99.00

    8spaces priced from:

    • Per Person$130.00

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

    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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    Laura from New Zealand wrote on 18 November 2019

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    Amazing!

    I already knew glow worms for going to a boat tour in Waitomo, but this experience was so different! The kayaking was very easy and the guides are very active. Wine and cheese before the tour is very pleasant, as we get the chance to talk to the other visitors. I really recommend this tour!

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    Liza from New Zealand wrote on 17 October 2019

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    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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    Conor from New Zealand wrote on 08 October 2019

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    Good little adventure, great guides

    A nice little adventure for all ages. The guides were really friendly and had good humor. They are obviously very well versed and executed everything perfectly. Everything went really smoothly.

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