Evening Glowworm Kayak Tour - Waikato

Kayak into the night to experience the natural wonder of glowworms as they light up in the dark.


  • Be mesmerised as thousands of glow worms light up in the dark!
  • Expertly guided kayak tour through an ancient canyon
  • Enjoy paddling along the tranquil waters of Lake Karapiro and the Pokaiwhenua Stream
  • No experience necessary

Join Lake District Adventures for a magical evening kayaking the calm waters of Lake Karapiro and the Pokaiwhenua Stream.

Starting our paddle from the southern edge of Lake Karapiro, your guide will fill you in on the interesting history of the Horahora village as the sun begins to set.

We will make our way slowly up the Pokaiwhenua Stream and through a canyon hundreds of years old whilst enjoying stunning views of native trees and ferns.

Once darkness falls - the magic begins - as thousands of glowworms come to life, sparkling on either side of you like constellations in the night sky.

Per person $125.00

What's included

  • Guided kayak tour
  • Quality kayaks and life jackets
  • We provide overpants, splash jackets & wetshoes


  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience


  • 396 Horahora Road, Piarere.


  • Minimum age: 8
  • All children under 15 are to be accompanied by a capable adult.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Getting here:

    From Rotorua - Approximately a 1-hour drive.

    From Hamilton - Approximately a 40-min drive.

  • Minimum numbers apply.

Available Bookings from April 22 to April 28

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Shirley Meier from New Zealand wrote on 27 March 2021


This is a well thought out, informed, experienced, professional team putting this tour on. From start to finish it is supportive, safe and fun. New Zealand nature is seen at its finest, Caleb the tour guide is excellent at his job and Steve is there in the background helping before and during. I highly recommend this as a first class tour that is a must do.

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Jessica Harris from New Zealand wrote on 26 March 2021

Definitely a 5 Star Experience

This experience was way more interactive then doing the usual glow worm caves. We actually got to get out in nature and experience it for ourselves. The guide takes us over the top of a flooded power station the one that used to power Waipu hundreds of kilometres away once we reached the half way mark we reached the half way mark we docked up on dry land and were given snacks and shown pictures of what the land used to look like. It was a great history lesson during the day light and a magical night as we paddled our way back through what looked like a star studded night on the cliff banks. The guide was supportive and always there and ready to help us. Before leaving for the excursion we were given spash proof pants warm clothes and shoes they literally thought of everything. But if you create a pool in your canoe you bum will still get wet so take a dry pair of pants. Best excursion yet. If I can do it with a bunch of 70 year olds you can do it as im not the fittest. We thoughly enjoyed the experience. ❤️

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