Tauranga Tours
Tauranga: Evening Glowworm Kayak Tour
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Tauranga: Evening Glowworm Kayak Tour

By Waimarino Adventure Park
Recommended by 99% of travellers
99% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Start your evening with refreshments on the banks of Lake McLaren, then paddle your kayak to an enchanting canyon filled with glow worms. This guided tour features double kayaks on calm, sheltered waters—ideal for exploring at dusk. You have the option to book transport from your accommodation in Tauranga or Mount Maunganui.
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Ages 8-99, max of 30 per group
Duration: 3h 15m
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Live guide: German, English, French
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Highlights
  • Evening glow worm excursion on Lake McLaren
  • Guide leads a max of 30 people on night paddle
  • Upgrade for hotel pickup in Tauranga or Mount Maunganui at booking

  • Kayak and equipment
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Light refreshments
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - McLaren Falls Park
What's not included
  • An additional cost of NZ$40.00 per person does apply to Hotel pickup/drop off.
  • Entry/Admission - Waimarino Adventure Park


Start:
  • 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.
Pickup details
  • We pick up from any accommodation provider in the Mount Maunganui, Tauranga city center for an additional $40.00 per person (minimum 2 person required). Please get in touch directly with us to arrange this.
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: 5997P3

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required to commence a tour
      • 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 30 travellers

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

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5997P3

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      • Waimarino Adventure Park
        1,000
        Tauranga, New Zealand
      • 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
        0 contributions
        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
      • 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
      • rachelpR2714QX
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Milky Way
        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
      • 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
      • MPB3742
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A magical evenings
        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
      • 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
      • petern23
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Just do it…at night!
        Was fabulous kayaking! We only had 4 plus the guide so wonderful communication with our young Irish guide. We have kayaked often but never at night. We felt totally safe with each kayak having a rear light. The thermal pools were great with about 8 pools at varying temperatures. The BBQ whilst simple fare was very tasty as was the cold beer and ice cream. The glow cave was a great reason to do the night tour. We had a hire car so just a 30 minute drive from Rotorua. Tandem kayaking is a great test for the marriage LOL! Just do it !!!!
        Written 6 February 2024
      • Storyteller521138
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best Experience Ever!
        This was the greatest experience!!! Tom, our guide was so friendly and informative. The pace of the trip was perfect with a great dinner at the hot pools, intimate time in the caves , and gorgeous moonlit Kayak back. Worth every penny!
        Written 5 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
      • Paul B
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Relaxed starter experience to kayaking
        Tom our instructor was superb, whilst I’ve kayaked for a number of years my wife has not, this was a great starter experience for her with some stunning scenery as well. Would highly recommended this experience.
        Written 21 January 2024
      • Caleb5268
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        So many fun things for kids and great value
        We paid $160 for all 4 of us and that got us kyaking, standup paddle boarding, rope swing into river, water slide that shoots you into river, giant inflatables in the river, leap from a high platform into the river, obstacle course on land and other things we never got a chance to do e.g. rock climbing, inflatable jump. In this day and age all that for $40 per person is crazy good value! Staff were excellent, super friendly and helpful. Parking onsite seemed a bit limited (but i may have missed an area) so get in early!
        Written 9 January 2024
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      cocotravel2015
      Napier, New Zealand17 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      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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      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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      Helen S
      Tauranga, New Zealand9 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2019
      Family all went out together in large kanu New Years Eve paddling up lake and to glow worm central. Beautiful evening and a bit of waiting for the lights to shine but then beautiful. Would have been lovely to have a stayed a few more minutes but a small boat queue lined up behind us made that not possible. Great guides - Saracen and Emile with a few tall tales. Kids and adults alike enjoyed it.
      Written 16 January 2020
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      Hi there! Thank you for your lovely review! It is super hard to leave the glow worms sometimes, the sight is just so amazing. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the guides stories!
      Written 18 January 2020
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      Louichan
      Tokyo, Japan217 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      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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      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
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      TravellingoneSwansea
      Swansea Bay, UK139 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Travelled alone to join an evening glow worm kayak tour with guides Alex, Frosty, and Tom and had a wonderful time. Friendly informative guides who were helpful and professional but good fun. The equipment and kayaks were explained clearly and there were plenty of options for different layers of protective clothing provided. We were assisted into our double canoes and paddled peacefully up the lake at sunset and into the most amazing canyon full of glow worms glowing away! It was truly magical. The guides were full of information about the glow worms (and some dreadful jokes 😂). Their skill and quiet confidence in getting a group of novice kayakers in and out of the canyon is to be commended. At no time did we feel anxious or worried about kayaking in what was now a pitch black area! The paddle back to the boat ramp was relaxed but controlled and they ensured everyone came out of their kayaks safely on land. A truly amazing evening both in glow worm experience and the organisation by the guides. Thank you all.
      Written 26 February 2023
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      Great to hear you felt safe and well cared for on our tour! Alex Tom and Frosty are known for their terrible jokes and great kayaking, hopefully one cancels out the other! :)
      Written 23 May 2023
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      Fran Cormack
      Perth, Australia982 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      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
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      Thanks for leaving such a detailed review for us. We do pride ourselves on delivering a high quality tour - rain or shine, and it is great to hear we did that!
      Written 25 August 2022
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      Bernie
      Paraparaumu, New Zealand2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      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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      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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      LinaK
      Milford, New Zealand93 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Having booked a few nights stay at Mount Mauganui we thought we'd like to do something in the evening when a suggestion popped up for the above kayak tour to see glow worms. We booked and arrived to find Jack our guide waiting for us. Due to Covid closing our borders we were lucky enough to get a very personalized tour. We wondered how Jack our guide would feel taking a couple of "oldies" out kayaking. It was a wonderful evening. Jack was full of great information and stories and kept us really entertained showing us an area that we had no idea even existed. We couldn't have asked for a better guide or a better trip. The night was perfect. Loads of glow worms, a still night for paddling and a beautiful moon and stars in the sky. Would highly recommend this trip to anyone and many thanks to our fantastic guide who completed an awesome night for us.
      Written 19 November 2020
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      Kia Ora Carolyn! Thank you so much for your glowing review! It sounds like it would have been a magical evening, we are so lucky to live where we do and to be able to see these wonderful sights. I will pass on your feedback to Jack, I'm sure he had just as much fun as you on your tour!
      Written 20 November 2020
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Tootsash
      London, UK17 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2020 • Couples
      Really loved it. The kayak to the cavern is super easy and you get given loads of clothes to keep you warm and dry. Being on the lake in the dark is something different and surreal. Once you get to the glow worms you just stare in awe and our guide told us a really lovely Maori story of how the glow worms came to exist. The story and sitting there surrounded by glow worms and the stars in the sky created a really magical atmosphere that I didn’t want to end.
      Written 16 July 2020
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      fiesolem
      Auckland, New Zealand112 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020 • Couples
      Beautiful evening spent kayaking down a gorgeous river in a tandem kayak with my boyfriend. Started the evening with wine and cheese by sunset and ended it surrounded by hundreds of glow worms. An unforgettable experience made even better by knowledgeable guides who shared a lot of information about glow worms with us.
      Written 13 January 2020
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      Hi there! Thank you for your review! The glow worms are certainly a gorgeous sight especially under the night sky, we hope you guys found it to be a very romantic evening.
      Written 18 January 2020
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      Deanna
      5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2022 • Couples
      We had the absolute best time on our evening tour, it was our first time in NZ and it was something that was his hit recommended and thank goodness we did it!

      It started with a short drive, around half an hour to the river from the Waimarino adventure park to the river. From the moment we hopped on the bus, we were given great big and warm welcome by JOHNNO who got us excited for what was ahead with his burst of energy. We got to the lake and there were nibbles for us before we headed to the water.

      When we got into the caves, we where told some beautiful, Māori stories and legends and were able to take it all in.

      The team were so encouraging and helpful, would definitely recommend doing this if your only here a couple of days! Thank you!
      Written 19 December 2022
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      Wow, thank you so much for such a positive review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience, the stories are truly beautiful. All the best with the rest of your travels !
      Written 23 December 2022
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