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Starlight Gourmet Kayak Experience - Rotorua
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Starlight Gourmet Kayak Experience - Rotorua

By Waimarino Adventure Park
About
Embark on a mesmerizing evening adventure kayaking across Lake Rotoiti, New Zealand's gem. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery and the symphony of birdlife as you paddle towards the mythical Glowworm cave, a spectacle of bioluminescence. After a sumptuous BBQ dinner at the secluded Manupirua Hot Pools, accessible only by water, surrender to pure relaxation as you soak in the therapeutic warmth of the natural geothermal springs. As the moon and stars twinkle above, witness the lake's magical transformation. This enchanting experience is a perfect harmony of nature's wonders, leaving you with cherished memories of tranquility and awe.
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$300.00
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Ages 8-99, max of 28 per group
Duration: 4h 30m
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Mobile ticket
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Live guide: English
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  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Transport from Rotorua Central ( Transportation fee cost NZ$45.00 includes pick up and drop off )


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • 41C Otaramarae Road, Okere Falls 3074, New Zealand
    Please look out for our guide, vehicle, trailer and boats. Please wait and meet your guide at the Waimarino Kayak Tours, down the far end of the carpark.
Pickup details
  • We can pick up from the Rotorua CBD (Central), ideally a hotel, accommodation or the Fenton St Site. Please contact us directly to book transport. Cost is NZ$45.00 additional per person (includes pick up and drop off)
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5997P11

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
      • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
      • 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 28 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      • Waimarino Adventure Park
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        Tauranga, New Zealand
      • 705maggiew
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Magical night kayak to see gloworms
        This evening gloworm tour was magical. We were driven about 20 mins from HQ to the beautiful Lake McLaren. There we had nibbles and soft drinks before a quick introduction to the kayaking gear. We were on the lake just before dusk and were led by very competent guides. We reached to gloworm canyon as it became really dark and our guides gave us plenty of time to see the thousands of twinkling gloworms while they gave us informative and funny accounts of the scientific and mythical explanations of these amazing creatures. Kayaking back in the dark was just so special and we had the added extra of seeing the full moon.
        Written 10 April 2024
      • kerrylgil
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great family experience
        Brilliant morning kayaking with family. Really friendly and child focused staff. We all had a great time on the water and would definitely go back.
        Written 8 April 2024
      • Vacation00571514894
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly recommended tour
        Highly recommended! Big thanks to David for taking care of us and guiding us throughout the tour~ the glow worm cave is mesmerising!! Both hot spring and BBQ dinner are definitely a great treatment after the first round of paddling. We love it!
        Written 1 April 2024
      • dannibees
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Magical
        Incredible tour. Really well organised and excellent guides. Started off with snacks whilst they were setting up (selection of nice cheeses and crackers, fresh fruit, crisps, drinks etc) and then we set off in our kayaks with the most beautiful scenic views. The glow worms were out of this world and got brighter as the tour went on. Got plenty of time to look at them as them as our guides told us stories about them. Guides were brilliant (shout out to Darragh) and made us first time kayakers feel safe and at ease! Definitely recommend this tour.
        Written 30 March 2024
      • CJSquirrel
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great evening active, relaxing adventure, kayaking to the glowworms. Informative and fun.
        My brother, sister in law, and I did this evening kayak tour with sime lovelyhad been strangers - we all loved it. Lucy and Darragh were a great team as our guides and helped ensure safety and fun. Highly recommend it - though note wine and cheese others have mentioned is soft drink (lemonade, ginger beer) with cheese and crackers, probably better given it's before the kayaking! Everyone enjoyed our tour, and I'd look at doing it again - especially if they offer me a locals discount lol!!!
        Written 11 March 2024
      • Inspire22419797132
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great experience
        We had the best guide, full of knowledge and a great personality. Made sure we all stayed together, keep the Chat flowing and reassured us that we we doing good. Picture perfect weather conditions made this experience top notch and the thermal spas topped it right off.
        Written 10 March 2024
      • X6422WDandrear
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Stars on the sky and on the earth
        It was such an amazing experience. We had clear weather, so first we paddled under the stary sky, and then we arrived to the gorge, where many glow worms were luminiscating, like thousand little stars. Our tour guides were extremly kind and helpful. It was one of the top experience of our New Zealand holiday. Highly recomended.
        Written 26 February 2024
      • davidgO4159GL
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Glowing paddle tour
        The park was beautiful, the tour guides were knowledgeable, interactive,funny and had a great safety ethics. The tour itself was a visual feast and then seeing the glow worms were amazing. The interesting scientific, but unstandable info was great, with humour thrown in. Even our young grandchildren enjoyed it. Some interesting and strange facts about the local bird life made a lot of laughs.
        Written 24 February 2024
      • lisatamblyn11
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Beautiful day
        Had a great day at Lake McLean. The scenic drive was beautiful and the kayaking was great! Shout out to our guide Christie, who looked after us. He was terrific - really informative.
        Written 20 February 2024
      • 268vick
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best night kayaking ever
        Best night kayaking experience Amazing glowworm view Safe and cool activity Wonderful sky view at night You will see star river if you r lucky Please go if you visit tauranga
        Written 12 February 2024
      • traveler3665
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Calm peaceful Kayak!
        Great excursion! Beautiful calm Lake with an excellent guide Kira! Perfect weather , went to hot springs and glowing cave Wonderful time!
        Written 7 February 2024
      • NL-AHS
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Lovely and extremely well organised canoe trip!
        This is a very well organised and guided evening canoe trip! The hotpools are at a wonderfull, authentic and magical place. They can only be reached by boat. After canoeing the lake you have a nice bath (changing roams and cafe on site) in thr pools ans swim in the lake. Then you paddle to the (small but beautifull) glow-worm cave and then a evening paddle over the lake. The guide is very experienced and the canoes are good quality!
        Written 1 February 2024
      • traceymG3315DG
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fun Easy and Beautiful Scenery!
        A fun and beautiful experience. As newbies to kayaking it was easy to learn from our guide Christy. Wonderful experience highly recommended if you are in Tauranga!
        Written 29 January 2024
      • 769becg
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wow!
        My sister and I did the Glow Worm evening kayak. The staff are passionate about their job and it showed the whole tour. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t tops as it rained but this didn’t stop us seeing glow worms, asking questions and listening to many many jokes. The tour was suitable for all abilities and ages and would recommend this for anyone wanting to do something a little different
        Written 26 January 2024
      • BeachBabeReading
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A great activity - even for the over 50’s !
        As two novice kayakers, we booked this and were met at the port and taken swiftly to Waimarino for a pit stop and to collect the Kayaks. Our guide Crispy was really considerate and explained things as we went along. Our small group, 7 in total carried on up to Lake McClaren, quickly got the kayaks and safety gear on the water. Spent the time going around the lake, then up two rivers, estimated total of 4km, very smooth and relaxing. Highly recommend.
        Written 21 January 2024
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      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Friends
      Jamie is wonderful guide. The kayaking experience is great, very friendly for a first timer, Not to mention the hot spring and the bbq. The sausage is epic. Overall very recommend especially traveling in a small group.
      Written 8 December 2023
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      Thank you for this awesome review! :) So pleased to hear you enjoyed our Gourmet Dinner and the Hot Pools!
      Written 28 December 2023
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      MareeB
      Canberra, Australia14 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2024 • Couples
      A magical trip - better than we had expected. Our guides Jess and David were fabulous, catering for paddlers of all abilities. The views were stunning, the hot pools a real treat, the BBQ dinner was delicious and the glow worms were truly magical. Highly recommended!
      Written 19 February 2024
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      Thank you for taking the time to review our Starlight Kayak Tour. We are thrilled to hear you had a magical trip with Jess and David! Thank you for choosing Waimarino and we hope to have you on another tour in the future! :)
      Written 23 February 2024
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      Rachel P
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2024 • Friends
      This experience was incredible. A nicely paced tour with so many highlights! Dara is the man for the job- knowledgeable, humorous, and capable. Would highly recommend!
      Written 2 March 2024
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      Thanks so much for this lovely review! So happy to hear you had an incredible tour with our guide Darragh. :)
      Written 15 March 2024
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      catarina
      Sao Paulo, SP13 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Incredible experience, David welcomes you with water and all explanations. The hot pools are delicious and then a barbecue prepared by Davis, very careful and delicious at sunset. The cave is breathtaking, I was thrilled and the return with the starry sky was very special. It was a unique and wonderful experience.
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      Written 3 January 2024
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      Thank you so much for this lovely review! We are pleased you enjoyed your Tour with David :)
      Written 5 January 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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