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Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner provided by River Rats Raft & Kayak

Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner

Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner
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94% of travellers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
7h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
16
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    7h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    16
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3772KAYAKING
Important information
Inclusions
  • Kiwi BBQ dinner
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All specialist equipment
  • Full training
  • Department of Conservation Fees
  • Hot Pools Entry
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Towels can be hired for NZ$2.00 per person
Duration
7h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Complimentary transfers from central Rotorua accommodation. We do not pick up from private addresses such as Air BnB
  • River Rats Raft & Kayak, 837 Te Ngae Road, Ōwhata, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand Hangar 14s, Take the driveway on the left as you come into the airport. Go past the first few hangars and you will see a big raft & kayak on the side of the building and free parking out the front.
  • Airports:
  • Rotorua Airport, Rotorua New Zealand
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please bring swimwear, shorts and a towel
  • Maximum of 20 people
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Inclusions
  • Kiwi BBQ dinner
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All specialist equipment
  • Full training
  • Department of Conservation Fees
  • Hot Pools Entry
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Towels can be hired for NZ$2.00 per person
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Complimentary transfers from central Rotorua accommodation. We do not pick up from private addresses such as Air BnB
  • River Rats Raft & Kayak, 837 Te Ngae Road, Ōwhata, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand Hangar 14s, Take the driveway on the left as you come into the airport. Go past the first few hangars and you will see a big raft & kayak on the side of the building and free parking out the front.
  • Airports:
  • Rotorua Airport, Rotorua New Zealand
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please bring swimwear, shorts and a towel
  • Maximum of 20 people
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 9 Oct 2020
A note from Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner
We can operate at Covid Alert Level 1 & 2. At alert level 2 guides will wear masks and masks are available for customers if they do not have their own.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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5.0
18 reviews
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Maria P
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
The whole day was just stunning. Family kayak then chilling in the hot pools, then BBQ and a kayak home via the glow worms, the most amazing sunset and full moon. Justin was simply awesome and coped with a bunch of beginners just fine xx
Written 20 December 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you for your review. We were certainly blessed with an awesome sunset and moonrise.
Written 22 December 2021
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Mike V
1 contribution
Jan 2022
Can't speak highly enough of this trip. Justin guided our small group and made it a very personal and special experience. He was very patient with our least experienced kayaker who was paddling like a pro by the end of the night. The Hot pools were fantastic followed by a beer and BBQ dinner with time for a second soak after. The kayak back during sunset was stunning and the glow worm cave was magical. Leisurely paddling back in the dark was a perfect finish to a perfect day. Thanks for making our trip to Rotorua memorable. This was our main reason to come to Rotorua and you exceeded our expectation. We are now planning our next kayaking adventure thanks to you.
Written 4 January 2022
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you. We are lucky to be able to show such an amazing environment. It is really satisfying to know you enjoyed it enough to try other trips.
Written 29 January 2022
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Sharon S
2 contributions
Nov 2020
Great evening on the lake; the hot pools are a wonderful spot. Ollie our guide was a greatt chef and cooked a lovely BBQ dinner with a few drinks . Glow worm cave was amazing. Ollie is an awesome cruisey knowledgable guide that made our evening so much fun. Would highly reccomend this adventure. After a bit of mucking around with our booking this was well worth the wait!! 5/5 Stars Ollie.
Written 19 November 2020
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you for your awesome review.
Written 20 November 2020
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Emily G
Northcote, Australia22 contributions
This is a great thing to do in Rotorua. The lake is magical - mostly only accessible by boat. Rachel the guide was very friendly and knew a lot about the region. The trip includes a dip in the hot springs and a bbq dinner. Then a trip back via a glow worm cave and paddling in the dark. I even got dropped off at my Airbnb.
Written 9 April 2019
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Jan H
Silverthorne, CO20 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
This was much more of a workout than expected. I'm not an avid kayaker and found this pretty exhausting paddling across a windy, choppy lake. But the sulphur pools were a nice respite for sore muscles and the BBQ very good. The row back was better, given the lake got calmer, and we were treated to a spectacular sunset and rising full moon. (Glowworm caves were cool too but we'd seen them on a previous tour.) We got back well after dark (don't scrimp on the bug spray) - last to arrive even with the guide helping tow us in (#shame). Fun and scenic and be prepared to work for your meal!
Written 4 January 2019
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The paddling time for this trip is around 45 minutes to an hour each way If conditions are forecast to be windy we will discuss with clients beforehand what is involved and give them the option to cancel if they wish.
Written 7 April 2019
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313larry
Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions
Apr 2022
What a unique experience, enjoyed by our party of four. We are not youngsters but managed the kayaking and
enjoyed the Hot Pool swim, BBQ and glowworms on the way home. Justin was an excellent host. Totally recommend this trip.
Written 22 April 2022
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you for taking the time to post a review.
Written 25 April 2022
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Wendy
Taupo, New Zealand2 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
An all round awesome adventure, good team, great kayaking, hot pools & glow worm cave. It’s all not to be missed!
Written 26 February 2022
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RiverRatNZ
Thanks for your review. Great to hear you enjoyed the evening.
Written 27 February 2022
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Mikayla
1 contribution
Feb 2022 • Couples
What an awesome experience! Heaps of fun and some beautiful views! Gorgeous hot pools! Amazing! Great guide knew his stuff and was really nice!
Written 15 February 2022
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Thanks for your review
Written 18 February 2022
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Maria D
Bristol, UK22 contributions
Feb 2021
So between COVID and bad weather it took us a little while to arrange to do this trip but Justin was really helpful and let us arrange a date that meant weren’t driving back to Hawke’s Bay right after.
The kayaking was fun despite our lack of technique and the hot pools were a great chance to relax in the middle. It was a busy afternoon at the pools (the locals told us) but there was still plenty of room for everyone and we enjoyed the food Justin cooked up (fish for my partner who’s a pescatarian). There’s also the option to buy a refreshing beer or wine but the hot pools are pretty uncommercial which adds to the experience.
The detour via the cave was well worth the extra paddling on the way back. It’s small but amazing. Just three kayaks and millions of worms glowing to your voice! A far more authentic experience than somewhere like Waitomo.
Thanks for all your patience Justin, it was the best start to my birthday festival and we’ll definitely be bringing some visitors from overseas when they’re able to visit.
Written 2 March 2021
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Trisha L
Buninyong, Australia6 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed the whole adventure! The Hot Springs were amazing you really can't find a better place to have a soak! There are no words for the glow worms, they simply are, fantastic weird little creatures!
Written 7 January 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you, glad you enjoyed the trip. Being able to sit in a hot pool right on the lake edge and then paddle at sunset to see glowworms certainly makes you appreciate the amazing country we live in.
Written 11 January 2021
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A once in a lifetime blast.
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My partner and I went on the Katina white water rafting trip and it was so fricken cool ! Nev was in the boat with
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Our guide Justin was amazing! he made us feel really comfortable and we trusted him completely. Thank you for being
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Awesome experience and awesome instructor
Had cole as an instructor and had an AWESOME experience! Cole was great and had an easygoing but reliable and trust
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A great time! Justin, our guide, was really fun and very experienced. He communicated well and did a great job with
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Great family fun
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