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Rotorua Glow Worm Kayaking Tour provided by Paddle Board Rotorua

Rotorua Glow Worm Kayaking Tour

Rotorua Glow Worm Kayaking Tour
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96% of travellers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h
Group size:
40
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Group size:
    40
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • 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: 3h
  • 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
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Call the number below and use the product code: 63701P4
Important information
Inclusions
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • All equipment
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Boyes Beach, 73 Millar Road, Lake Ōkareka, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand Boyes Beach is a public reserve located opposite 73 Millar Road Lake Okareka, Rotorua. Please note we are not permanently at our base, which is on private property; base access is available only at the time of tour.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • What to bring:
  • For kayaking in summer months (Dec, Jan, February) we recommend wearing swim wear with thermal leggings/gym type leggings and a thermal top layer, fleece jersey and light jacket. For Kayaking outside of summer (March-November) please wear swim wear, thermal leggings/gym type leggings and a thermal top layer with a minimum of three upper layers which are preferably fleece or wool. Please also bring a woolen beanie and woolen gloves. If it looks like rain a rain jacket also. Water shoes are recommended, but are provided free of charge if needed.
  • Towel and warm clothes to get changed into after the tour.
  • A sense of fun and adventure.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Inclusions
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • All equipment
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
Departure details
  • Boyes Beach, 73 Millar Road, Lake Ōkareka, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand Boyes Beach is a public reserve located opposite 73 Millar Road Lake Okareka, Rotorua. Please note we are not permanently at our base, which is on private property; base access is available only at the time of tour.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • What to bring:
  • For kayaking in summer months (Dec, Jan, February) we recommend wearing swim wear with thermal leggings/gym type leggings and a thermal top layer, fleece jersey and light jacket. For Kayaking outside of summer (March-November) please wear swim wear, thermal leggings/gym type leggings and a thermal top layer with a minimum of three upper layers which are preferably fleece or wool. Please also bring a woolen beanie and woolen gloves. If it looks like rain a rain jacket also. Water shoes are recommended, but are provided free of charge if needed.
  • Towel and warm clothes to get changed into after the tour.
  • A sense of fun and adventure.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

5.0
53 reviews
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nephythes
Port-au-Prince, Haiti18 contributions
We originally booked the stand-up paddle board experience but we received an email letting us know that the wind was acting up and they would switch us to the kayak tour at no extra cost. My sister and I did not know what to expect but we were very happy to find out that wet suits are provided since the wind had really picked up and it was nippy. Our guide Nev, was great; he gave us some safety tips and explained how to kayak as some of the group had never done it before. He explained that usually the water in the lake was very calm but we would have the adventure version of the tour. The water was pretty choppy but he was there every step of the way to encourage and teach. Kayaking at dusk and then in the dark was a new experience for us but it was wonderful, the night stars from the lake would have made the trip worthwhile but then we got to the cave. It was mesmerizing, we loved it. Nev was great with the explanation of what the glow worms are and why they light up. All in all a magical evening for those up for a little adventure.
Written 20 January 2020
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paddleboardrotorua
Hi Thanks for taking the time to review us. Glad you had a magical evening with the adventurous wind.
Written 24 January 2020
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Debbie F
23 contributions
Feb 2021
My husband and I were the only ones on our particular evening so got to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the lake and glow worm caves in peace. Our guide Jonathan couldn't have been more welcoming and fun to have experienced this activity with. We loved his enthusiasm for the environment and his love of showing tourists this unique part of New Zealand shone through.
Written 7 March 2021
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paddleboardrotorua
Hi Debbie thanks so much for this great feedback. We are lucky to have Jonathan on the team here!
Written 10 March 2021
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SJK
1 contribution
Nov 2020
Awesome experience for the whole family. Friendly, knowledgable guide and spectacular glow worm caves. Enjoy an easy sunset paddle on beautiful Lake Okareka and then access 3-4 hidden caves. Highly recommend!
Written 29 November 2020
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paddleboardrotorua
Hey thanks so much for the feedback. Happy travels and adventures.
Written 30 November 2020
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Liene C
Gisborne Region, New Zealand13 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
We met Nev(a really awesome and knowledgable guide) on a cold Saturday evening, he picked us up from Rotorua i-site.
We went to the lake and it was just mesmerising sunset. We hopped into kayaks Nev gave us some kayaking tips and safety induction, and we were ready to go. We went to many caves and it was just amazing. We were sitting in one cave surrounded by glow worms and it was the most beautiful sight, felt like we were in movies, Nev gave us many interesting facts and stories! One of the highlights was sitting in the middle of the lake, looking at stars and drinking hot chocolate! It was the coolest experience i have done in New Zealand! Would definitely do it again and bring friends or try other tours! :)
If you want a,, personal, once in a lifetime feeling, like you are main hero in the movies, then this tour is for you!
Thanks again Nev, it was the best experience ever! :) and we will be back!
Liene and Sam
Written 8 August 2020
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paddleboardrotorua
Hi Liene and Sam thanks for taking the time to review. Look forward to seeing you guys again, stoked you had a great time.
Written 9 August 2020
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Francois
1 contribution
Jan 2022
This is a magical outing, family friendly, not hard paddling, with an amazing host.
Getting so close to glow worms is fantastic and our Jonathan is a super star.
The only downside is that it's quite pricey when you're a family. We should be able to pay per kayak or a family friendly price!
Written 7 January 2022
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TravelerJakeGerlon
Chicago, IL32 contributions
The tour guide was late but nice. We are in our 20's and in pretty good shape but this was very physically demanding, and we were worn out halfway through. The website is a bit misleading in this regard. The caves are very short and you'll spend most of your time paddling through the lake. Otherwise, this is a well organized tour for what the lake can offer and the staff is very pleasant.

We did the kayak tour.
Written 4 February 2020
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paddleboardrotorua
Hi thanks so much for taking the time to review your trip. This is not normal feedback for our trip as our paddle distance is not far at all. I'm wondering if this review is meant for our company as there are some other glow worm kayaking trips in Rotorua that operate on different lakes. If you read this review I would appreciate if you could please confirm the date time and booking reference to me at info@paddleboardrotorua.com. Thank you Nev
Written 5 February 2020
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J CollierTaniela
8 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
Amazing tour with Jess who shared some amazing knowledge about the area. Ataahua/beautiful glow worm caves. I would recommend wearing the wet suits and wet socks provided as it does get a bit wet and cold! I haven’t kayaked before but I survived so it’s not too strenuous! Thanks so much Jess and Nev -The Taniela’s from Porirua
Written 25 September 2021
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Lisa
5 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
Great fun. Was my first time kayaking with kids, and although it was a beautiful clear night it was quite choppy on the water but that just added to the excitement! Full moon on the water was stunning. The water was super warm and seeing the glow worms in the caves was great. Highly recommend this unique activity!
Written 18 January 2022
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Aaron S
4 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Was literally one of the best things I've ever experienced. My partner and I are seriously considering going around again in a paddleboard this time. Our guide Christy, was extremely knowledgeable about both the local area, the glow worms and how the caves were formed. An absolute must do in Rotorua.
Written 8 July 2020
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paddleboardrotorua
Hi thanks for taking the time to review us. Great to hear this was one of your best experiences !! We would love to take you again on paddle board. Happy Travels
Written 9 July 2020
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Mighty Majors
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
Thank you for an awsome night. Such a great activity that everyone from the youngest at 9years and oldest at 65yrs enjoyed. We were lucky to have the perfect night with no wind and clear skys so the whole thing was just magical. I've seen glow worms a few times before, including at waitomo caves and think this was the best way to see them! The kids agree!. Our guide Christie was awesome. We found the information he shared with us about the glow worms really interesting. He was super friendly and made the whole experience fun and relaxed. Would love to go again on paddle boards.
Written 31 January 2021
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paddleboardrotorua
Hi Miriam thanks so much for this great feedback. We will pass on to Christie. See you next time on a paddle board.
Written 7 March 2021
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xxdancingintherainxx
xxdancingintherainxx
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Wonderful tour
Such an awesome experience. Jessie our guide was great, and the whole trip better than imagined. So many glows worm
NZBound1
NZBound1
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Disappointing at best
I loved the idea of this and was extremely excited about it. Not the cheapest, but it sounded great. UNFORTUNATEL
E690SXjanetc
E690SXjanetc
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Brief experience
Loved the idea of seeing the lake/geothermal features in an active way. Unfortunately this trip is seriously overpr
KushlaR1
KushlaR1
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Great kiwiana experience
Such an interesting and fun afternoon. A little bit of kiwiana sightseeing by water, seeing our classic Rotorua the
007Intrepid
007Intrepid
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Glow worm caves by kayak
Really nice and peaceful way to explore glow worm caves at night only accessible by water. Very knowledgeable and f
007Intrepid
007Intrepid
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Great way to explore the steaming cliffs
Great way to explore up close the steaming cliffs and fumaroles at your own pace, enjoying the peace and tranquilli
sarahpollok
sarahpollok
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Not your typical 'tour'
I'm not usually a fan of tour experiences (I prefer having the freedom to explore myself), but this was hands-down
T1025BJmiket
T1025BJmiket
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Excelent
Seeing the geyser on the shore made me feel amazing. I definitely recommend this experience. Friendly tip: stay wit
Martin J
Martin J
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Fantastic glow worm experience.
Beautiful late night paddle through small caves covered in glow worms. The water was very warm, the guide, Jess, wa
Ginnie00
Ginnie00
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Sunset on the water
Well organised. Very relaxed. Great sunset and plenty of glowworms. Jess our guide was great to chat with. Easy eve
DanLeeOd
DanLeeOd
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Amazing
The whole experience was beautiful, I would definitely want to do this again. Thank you so much Tom!
JulietF46
JulietF46
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Absolutely awesome.
Everything was awesome, Tom waa so lovely and accomodating. We had previously done the glow worm tour and brought t
Neil C
Neil C
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A fantastic and must-do activity in Rotorua
This was a fantastic experience! The self-guided walk down to the lake is a must do. I was with 2 x 14 year old boy
Amck777
Amck777
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Awesome
Awesome twilight kayaking tour to see glow worms. We did 4-5 caves and tunnels with lots of glow worms, great guide
229abdelwahabm
229abdelwahabm
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amazing lake & cliffs
the guide was so cool, had a very good time. Feeling the heat when u approach the cliffs was amazing
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