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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 March 02 to March 08

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    • Per Person$130.00

    • Per Person$130.00 Less than 6 at this price!

    • Per Person$130.00 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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    katies1 from New Zealand wrote on 01 March 2021

    awesome intimate tour

    Josh and Dan were such amazing hosts for our small group tour. Because there were so few of us, we had a great time having more in-depth chats and getting to know each other. The kayaking was smooth and we always felt safe. The glow worms were great and the beautiful stories on the Maori mythology were awesome to hear. Definitely do this!

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    Angelica Legaspi from New Zealand wrote on 12 February 2021

    Beautiful, exciting, worthwhile trip

    Had a great time on the relaxing but incredible trip. Jono was a great tour guide who brought science, myths and humor to the trip. It was a great way to meet other awesome people and support our incredible NZ industry. Thanks heaps!

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    Debs George from New Zealand wrote on 04 February 2021

    Spectacular

    We as a family thoroughly enjoyed this experience Fantastic tour guides, Jack and Emma,well done!

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    jamsheedt from New Zealand wrote on 01 February 2021

    Highly Recommend

    Thank you Josh, Daniel and Marko you were awesome. Very informative.

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    Sara-Ashley Coulter from New Zealand wrote on 23 January 2021

    Beautiful night out with great bunch of people

    I took my partner as a suprise for our date night and we loved it! The tour guide was super friendly and the group we went with were heaps of fun! You couldn't get to these glow worms by foot its a different area to the walking track. Were pretty sure we even heard a Tui and a Kiwi, the glow worms were beautiful 😍 Very impressed. Definitely worth supporting your local. A+

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