Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour

Witness a stunning sunset and meet New Zealand's famous glowworms as you paddle on Lake McLaren!
Tauranga, New Zealand

What's Included

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  • All kayaking and safety equipment included
  • Refreshments included
  • Knowledgeable guide 

Please Note: This tour requires a minimum of two passengers to operate.

What's Excluded

  • Hotel Transfers
  • Please bring a fleece top or similar. A hat is recommended in cool or wet weather.

Why do we love this

We love this tour because of the unique way it shows off one of New Zealand's most incredible attractions - the glow worms! These guys are already pretty cool, but the chance to see them while paddling on a kayak? That's even cooler!

What to Expect

Are you ready to experience an adventure that's out of this world? New Zealand's gorgeous glowworms are one of the highlights on any trip and this tour just adds to the fun! An evening tour treats you to a stunning sunset before taking you through a canyon of glowworms, this is an experience you won't forget in a hurry! 

Your evening glowworm tour starts at Waimarino alongside the Wairoa River. Watch the glorious sun set over the hills while enjoying delicious refreshments, then at twilight, your guides will lead you to the calm waters to discover the magical glowworm canyon.

The narrow, high-sided canyon at the head of the lake is home to thousands of glowworms. The tour is perfectly timed so that it’s completely dark by the time we get to the glowworm canyon. This means you're able to see the glowworms to the best effect. Enjoy watching these incredible creatures dart around as you explore the mysterious canyon.

As you travel through, your guide will tell you fascinating information about the life cycle and peculiarities of the New Zealand glowworms. 

After about 1 hour and 30 minutes on the water, it's time to make your way back to the river bank. 

This experience is approximately 3-3.5 hours in total. Paddling time is 1.5 hours. The tour is suitable for ages 8 and above with no kayaking experience required.

The tour meeting place is Waimarino Adventure Park, 36 Taniwha Place, Tauranga.

Frequently Asked Questions

We will provide all kayaking gear, but we recommend everyone brings a fleece top or similar for additional warmth while enjoying the refreshments on the lake edge (the coolest part of the evening), once we get the gear on for kayaking and start paddling you will be toasty warm.

A hat is recommended in cool or wet weather.

Please wear comfortable light warm clothing, we recommend that people don't wear denim jeans; while you are unlikely to get wet, jeans are heavy, cold and uncomfortable if they do get wet.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Two person minimum for all kayak tours to operate.
  • 8 years minimum age.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation made 24hrs prior to the scheduled departure, with the consultation of the Waimarino Group manager - 100% refund.
  • Less than 24 hours prior to departure - no refund.
  • Failure to present for tour - no refund. 
  • Postponement to another day will not incur any charges. Please contact us no less than 3 hours prior to your tour's departure to arrange this.
  • Waimarino Group reserves the right to cancel the tour on the day, due to weather or any safety concerns. If this is done, the tour will be postponed or a full refund will be made.  

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