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Evening Glowworm Kayak Tour - Waikato

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

Highlights

  • 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 Riverside Adventures Waikato 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

Duration

  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience

Location

  • 396 Horahora Road, Piarere.

Restrictions

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

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Getting here:

    From Rotorua - Approximately a 1-hour drive.

    From Hamilton - Approximately a 40-min drive.


  • Minimum 2 passengers to confirm tour departure.

Available Bookings from October 24 to October 30

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  • Per person$85.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per person$85.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per person$85.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per person$85.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per person$125.00

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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lilac from New Zealand wrote on 17 May 2021

Magical

Stunning cavern during the day, and magical at night. Caleb - out guide - was terrific.

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Thank you👍

Sally Berridge from New Zealand wrote on 15 May 2021

Beautiful evening on the lake

Great guide! So knowledgeable about the floods and history of lake Karapiro! We enjoyed the banter, starry night, glow worms and how calm of a night it was.

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Thanks very much. 😀

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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So good! Thanks so much😎

Catriona Pratt from New Zealand wrote on 02 October 2021

Glow worm kayaking night tour

Really enjoyed it, would recommend others to do this. I learnt so much interesting facts about that area and it was a lot of fun, glowworms were just beautiful and relaxing. Thank you for an enjoyable first time kayaking.

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ryanh6 from New Zealand wrote on 16 July 2021

Pure magic

Everything about the tour was fantastic. It's a beautiful location, and our guide Caleb was a hilarious repository of knowledge. The glide down the current seeing the glow worms was ethereal and well worth the price of admission. Definitely recommend!

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