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Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga provided by Waimarino Adventure Park

Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga

Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga
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Evening glowworm excursion on Lake McLaren
Duration:
3h 15m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
20
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Start your evening with a glass of wine and cheese board on the banks of Lake McLaren, then paddle your kayak to an enchanting canyon filled with glowworms. This guided tour features double kayaks on calm, sheltered waters—ideal for exploring at dusk. You have the option to book transport from accommodations in Tauranga or Mount Maunganui.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 15m
  • 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
German, English, French
Highlights
  • Refreshments include wine, fruit, and cheese
  • Guide leads a max of 20 people on night paddle
  • Upgrade for hotel pickup in Tauranga at booking
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 15m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Refreshments include wine, fruit, and cheese
  • Guide leads a max of 20 people on night paddle
  • Upgrade for hotel pickup in Tauranga at booking
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5997P3
Important information
Inclusions
  • Kayak and equipment
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Light refreshments
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - McLaren Falls Park
Exclusions
  • An additional cost per person does apply to Hotel pickup/drop off.
  • Entry/Admission - Waimarino Adventure Park
Duration
3h 15m
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from any accommodation provider in the Mount Maunganui, Tauranga city center for an additional $25.00 per person (minimum 2 person required). Please get in touch directly with us to arrange this.
  • 36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, Tauranga 3176, New Zealand Meet at Waimarino Adventure Park, and check in for your tour at reception. There is plenty of free parking on site.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required to commence a tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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 20 travellers
Inclusions
  • Kayak and equipment
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Light refreshments
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - McLaren Falls Park
Exclusions
  • An additional cost per person does apply to Hotel pickup/drop off.
  • Entry/Admission - Waimarino Adventure Park
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from any accommodation provider in the Mount Maunganui, Tauranga city center for an additional $25.00 per person (minimum 2 person required). Please get in touch directly with us to arrange this.
  • 36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, Tauranga 3176, New Zealand Meet at Waimarino Adventure Park, and check in for your tour at reception. There is plenty of free parking on site.
Duration
3h 15m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required to commence a tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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 20 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 30 Jun 2020
A note from Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga
Safety is our priorty. We have limited our tours to smaller numbers and are ensuring that the highest possible sanitation levels are maintined. We want both our guests and our staff to feel safe at all times. We welcome any feedback on this.
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
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    36 Taniwha Place
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Waimarino Adventure Park
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    McLaren Falls Park
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    McLaren Falls Park
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Fran Cormack
Perth, Australia729 contributions
You can’t pick your weather, but you can pick your tour company.

I would highly recommend Waimarino Kayak Tours for the evening glow worm tour.

The guides, including Josh, looked after us for the evening, starting off with some excellent local wines and cheese on the edge of Lake McLaren.

We were in 2 person sea kayaks, and thankfully were supplied with all the gear you needed to be both safe, and dry.

The trip was excellent, moderate exercise, and we got to see thousands of the glow worms (fungus gnats).

Highly recommended.
Written 9 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Louichan
Tokyo, Japan215 contributions
Dec 2021
Our family group of three did the evening glow worm kayak tour, and it was a highlight of our time in Tauranga. You start with the sunset over beautiful McLaren Lake and then a fairly gentle kayak trip over the lake to the glow worm canyon, which was breathtaking. Great for all ages and definitely recommended. Guides Josh and Katie were 'oar-some'.
Written 19 December 2021
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Waimarino
Hi there, Josh and Katie really are Oar-some! Thanks for joining our tour and taking the time to leave us a 'glowing' review!
Written 20 December 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Foak
Yorkshire5 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Absolutely loved this. The lake is stunningly beautiful! Watching sunset from the hot pools was wonderful, with the added bonus of having a quick dive into the lake if you got a bit too warm. Then a paddle across to the glow worms where the tour guide, Jono, was informative and funny and able to help everyone get their kayak into the ideal place to see the glow worms. Then a moonlight paddle back to the shore. Everything felt really safe, even in the dark with really good intro given to beginners, torches so you can see each other, and if you're by yourself you share a boat with the lovely guide. Good kit provided, including jackets to keep you warm after the hot pools. Even got eco-friendly water bottles and Whittaker's chocolate! I'd recommend this as my favourite glow worm tour as you are so much closer than when you go to the big caves and it's so magical just being in a little cave with all the lights reflected on the water. Thanks guys, awesome tour!
Written 7 July 2020
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Heather F
2 contributions
Jan 2022
What an adventure! Kayaking across the lake in McLaren Falls Park and into the "crack in the World" as the youngest of our party called it with one of the best displays of glowworms was awesome. Returning in the dark, disturbing a group of swans (poor things must have been wondering where we all came from in the dark) and following the glow of our tour guides kayak added to the experience. Our three guides were fantastic.
Written 25 January 2022
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Waimarino
We're so pleased that you enjoyed your night. The "crack in the world" is a fantastic way to describe it ! Thanks for the great review.
Written 7 February 2022
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cocotravel2015
Napier, New Zealand15 contributions
Jan 2021
What a great tour. Not just glow worms, which were beautiful but the whole experience. It really was a wonderful evening experience. Oli Chris and Daniel made everyone feel welcome and were great fun and full of knowledge. From the arrival, the fun drive, welcome refreshments through to the brief, the beautiful but gentle kayak paddle over the lake and into the glow worm areas.
Much more than it sounds. Wonderful. Highly recommend.
Written 18 January 2021
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Waimarino
Hi there! Thank you for your glowing review! We are so happy to hear that you found the entire experience to be magical. I'm sure the glow worms were shining extra bright for your group that night!
Written 7 February 2021
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David_Virag
2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
My husband and I took my parents visiting from overseas to the BIG KANU tour to see the glow worms on Lake McLaren. We chose this instead of the kayak tour as my parents are retired, Mum is scared in the kayak, plus I am six month pregnant. The big canoe was a great choice, very stable and easy to paddle. Josh and Emil from Waimarino tours were amazing tour guides, very knowledgeable, entertaining and considerate. We loved the experience, watching the glow worms in the canyon from the lake was beautiful and very unique. We all felt safe in the canoe and had great fun. We highly recommended booking it - we just rang the phone number given on the internet and booked it directly with the office even though there was no scheduled Big Kanu tour for that week. They were very flexible and kind.
Written 9 February 2020
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Ivan Ivanov
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
Aug 2020
We had a great experience and I highly recommend it if you are more active and looking for an alternative to big crowds in the Waitomo caves. We started from a relatively short drive to the lake shore where we were offered nice New Zealand wines and great snacks. Then we paddled in our double kayak on the lake in the dusk. When it was quite dark we saw several deer. Finally, we got to the canyon where we saw a real magic. Great trip, excellent guide, unique experience!
Written 13 August 2020
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Roger W
2 contributions
Mar 2022
The glow-worm alcove was spectacular. A gentle paddle at sunset on a mill-pond lake made extra special by a fullish moon.

Really enjoyed this comfortable tour capably managed by our friendly guides. Highly recommended.
Written 19 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Waimarino
Thanks so much for your feedback and recommendation. We're pleased to hear you had such a special experience!
Written 22 April 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Bernie
Paraparaumu, New Zealand2 contributions
Feb 2021 • Friends
Thank you for an exceptional evening! This was a great way to finish our trip.
Our very knowledgeable and skilled tour guide Josh made the tour memorable and ensured our expectations & needs were not only meet, but exceeded in all aspects. Highly, highly recommend for a good time.

Love, Mel & Bernie xoxo
Written 8 February 2021
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Waimarino
Hi Mel & Bernie, We're glad to hear you had such a good tour. Josh is a great guide and knows how to exceed expectations. Hopefully we will see you on tour again.
Written 18 April 2021
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Susan H
Auckland, New Zealand38 contributions
Great tour, exceeded expectations. Friendly, knowledgeable guides. Beautiful setting. My husband’s an experienced kayaker, but it was a novel experience for him even - kayaking down a quiet dark lake is quite unique. Relaxing, interesting and stunning glow worms. Highly recommended.
Written 5 April 2021
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Waimarino
Hi there, Thank you for your lovely review! We're glad you had such a great time on our tour, kayaking across the still lake in the dark really is a unique and relaxing experience.
Written 18 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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notsurewherehomeis
notsurewherehomeis
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great experience, access to a hidden gem!
Absolutely wonderful day, kayaking to the canyon, worth every penny. Our guide Josh had a great balance of humour,
Momodear
Momodear
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Girls day out
We did everything and really enjoyed this wonderful day out!!! 10/10. Me, and 9&7 year old girls. The hydro slide
janethQ7385JH
janethQ7385JH
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Kayak Tour
What an amazing morning with Faith. We did the kayak tour and it was beautiful and peaceful. Faith has an amazing l
Kerstinaxt
Kerstinaxt
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Great fun
Great outdoor fun for the kids/teens. Get some adrenaline flowing. Beautiful spot to sit and relax with a picnic fo
Kondoor12
Kondoor12
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Worst and terrible experience
First of all we were travelled from auckland,they didnt even mention that it is not a adventure park instead it was
Gwellington24
Gwellington24
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Nighttime kayak to the glow worms
A really great experience with two sensational guides Faith and Katie - thank you both. Well run and a terrific exp
peterlF1709LO
peterlF1709LO
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Fun
The kayaking was my favorite activity and the service from staff was awesome definitely recommend others for a day
Yasminisme
Yasminisme
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Must do Kanu trip
Recently took the Big Kanu Gloworm tour at McLarens Falls. We were 3 adults, 2 teens. Royce and Hannah were our gui
dhoat30
dhoat30
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So Much Fun!!!
Was so much fun!! Staff was great. I highly recommend if you are looking for water adventure in Tauranga.
SanetFourie
SanetFourie
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Best Birthday party ever!
We celebrated my son's 12th birthday party at Waimarino. Everything was just perfect. The staff were amazing! They
Mclarky
Mclarky
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An awesome trip to see our own backyard
We did the Rotoiti Day paddle, glow worm and hot pool tour this weekend just gone and it was awesome thanks. OUr t
malee2022
malee2022
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It was an okay experience.
Our Family enjoyed kayaking and the warm pool. Was looking forward to go on the UFO but wasn't operating. Would hav
SharkRiderX
SharkRiderX
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Fun but next time
Overall it is fun place, however the staff needs to be more vigilant around children activity area. Specifically, h
959sapphirek
959sapphirek
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Great park. Staff need some work
We enjoyed the activities, when available...and our kids had a great time overall. This was our 4th summer in a row
GabrielleRawhiti
GabrielleRawhiti
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Such a wonderful Experience
An absolutely jam-packed day of fun for the kids. They say time flies when you’re having fun, and it sure did. I
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