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Waimarino: Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour

Magical, Enchanting, Surreal, Amazing!
If any of the above words described the activity you and your group are looking for the Glow-worm Kayak Tour is for you.

This is a truly unique experience; while you can see glow-worms elsewhere in New Zealand, and you can paddle a sea kayak in many places around the world, this is the only place when the two combine for a magical & truly unique experience. The tour is great fun with great refreshments, beautiful scenery, fantastic birdlife and awesome glow-worms.

Enjoy wine from the award winning Mills Reef winery, delicate New Zealand cheeses and refreshments on the edge of Lake McLaren. Our guides will prepare and brief you on how to kayak effectively before launching you onto picturesque Lake McLaren at twilight to paddle to the mysterious glow worm canyon.

The glow-worms are situated in a narrow, high-sided canyon at the top of the lake, not in a cave, so our tour only departs once a day before sunset so by the time we get to the glow-worm canyon it’s completely dark, as required to see the glow worms to the best effect.

Paddling a kayak may be something you have tried before, but you probably haven’t kayaked at night (we provide head-torches) and certainly not have kayaked in the dark to see constellations of glow-worms. It is a fully guided kayak tour, with our professional guides leading your group and providing a fascinating & informative brief about the lifecycle and peculiarities of the New Zealand fungus gnat (glow-worms).

A truly magical & unique experience; not to be missed!


1 day

    • a high quality kayak
    • paddle
    • warm fleece jacket
    • life jacket
    • spray jacket
    • refreshments
    • a good time
  • Day 1 : Tauranga Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour
    1. meet our guide at Waimarino Adventure Park, and get in the bus to McLaren Falls Park; 2. learn about local history of Tauranga and Bay of Plenty; 3. enjoy the ward-winning wine and local delicate refreshments; 4. an excellent introduction of kayaking before paddle in Lake McLaren; 5. explore the magic GLOW WORM CANYON, you will see hundreds of thousands of them shinning on the cliff; 6. on the way back you will see the stunning sky view
    Meals :None

  • Departure Point:

    From Waimarino Reception at 36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem Tauranga. Park in the carpark and make your way down the path and stairs to meet the guide at Reception.

    Operating 364 days a year departing each evening (time dependant on Sunset).

  • We can arrange Transport from  clients motel/backpackers in Tauranga or Mount Maunganui to the tour and back after at a cost of $25 per person. Must be booked at time of booking.



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Organised by Waimarino

Activity ID: W-19791

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