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Scenic Lake McLaren Kayak Tour provided by Waimarino Adventure Park

Scenic Lake McLaren Kayak Tour

Scenic Lake McLaren Kayak Tour
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About
Paddle out to the middle of the wonderfully calm Lake McLaren in a kayak, where serenity takes a new name.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
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
  • Enjoy the wonderful calm Lake McLaren where serenity takes a new name. Gently paddle past a multitude of birdlife, literally within paddles' reach. Sheer cliffs break the stark lush native bush as gentle streams enter the lake's edge. Paddle into the stunning Mangapapa canyon with water as deep as the cliffs on the sides, where the native bush appears to touch and form a cave.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
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
  • Enjoy the wonderful calm Lake McLaren where serenity takes a new name. Gently paddle past a multitude of birdlife, literally within paddles' reach. Sheer cliffs break the stark lush native bush as gentle streams enter the lake's edge. Paddle into the stunning Mangapapa canyon with water as deep as the cliffs on the sides, where the native bush appears to touch and form a cave.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5997P6
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • All relevant kayaking equipment
  • Dry bags for cameras
  • Full safety briefing with the trip guide
Exclusions
  • An additional cost per person does apply to Hotel pickup/drop off.
  • If Hotel Pickup is required please select the Hotel pick up option.
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks (some snacks available for purchase at reception)
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel/Accommodation pick up is offered for an additional $25.00pp please select the Hotel Pick up option. We can pick up from any accommodation provider in the Mount Maunganui and Tauranga city centre area.
  • Waimarino Water & Adventure Park, 36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, Tauranga 3172, New Zealand
  • Airports:
  • Tauranga Airport, Tauranga New Zealand
  • Ports:
  • Tauranga Port
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • The tour can operate in almost all weather conditions
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather
  • Easy pace scenic tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • If Hotel/Accommodation pick up is needed please book the Hotel Pick up option upon checkout.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • An additional fee of $25.00pp for pick up does apply to all travelers
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travellers
Inclusions
  • All relevant kayaking equipment
  • Dry bags for cameras
  • Full safety briefing with the trip guide
Exclusions
  • An additional cost per person does apply to Hotel pickup/drop off.
  • If Hotel Pickup is required please select the Hotel pick up option.
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks (some snacks available for purchase at reception)
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel/Accommodation pick up is offered for an additional $25.00pp please select the Hotel Pick up option. We can pick up from any accommodation provider in the Mount Maunganui and Tauranga city centre area.
  • Waimarino Water & Adventure Park, 36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, Tauranga 3172, New Zealand
  • Airports:
  • Tauranga Airport, Tauranga New Zealand
  • Ports:
  • Tauranga Port
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • The tour can operate in almost all weather conditions
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather
  • Easy pace scenic tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • If Hotel/Accommodation pick up is needed please book the Hotel Pick up option upon checkout.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • An additional fee of $25.00pp for pick up does apply to all travelers
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travellers
Popular mentions

5.0
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Bev J
6 contributions
Great experience, will come back again!
Apr 2021 • Friends
This is one of the most memorable tours I’ve ever had in NZ. Ollie our tour guide was fantastic! He’s so knowledgeable and funny, we had a great time. Leaves are changing colour in autumn season so you can imagine how beautiful the scenery is! The lake was calm and peaceful. We heard kaka bird and saw a couple of fantails. Ollie also showed us some glow worms as well and enlightened us with lots of interesting facts about NZ wildlife. Don’t worry if you have never kayaked before because they will teach you and make sure you’re comfortable. I’ve already recommended this tour to a few of my friends. Worth every penny spent and will definitely do this again!
Written 10 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Waimarino
Hi there, Thank you for your lovely review! We're glad you had such a good time on the tour. Ollie is a great guide and always knows how to give a great tour.
Written 18 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

8laurianne8
36 contributions
Off the beaten track
Feb 2020
This was a really nice way to see Lake McLaren - nothing beats a view from the water! Our guide Archie was great and I really appreciate effort that he made with local history, tales and correct pronunciation. We were two of just four people, so a nice peaceful trip. We were even lucky enough to spot some running deer along the waters edge!
Written 16 February 2020
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OnAir58806861357
Tauranga, New Zealand1 contribution
Birthday treat
Beautifully calm morning. Lovely trip with informative guide. All went a bit quick. Website indicated a longer tour. Otherwise highly recommended.
Written 3 January 2020
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Waimarino
Hi there, Thank you for your feedback ! Lake McLaren is a beautiful place, and we are glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Safe travels !
Written 6 January 2020
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Dee
1 contribution
A wonderful and relaxing experience for all - highly recommend!
Dec 2019 • Family
We are a family visiting the beautiful Bay of Plenty region for the first time from Sydney and this tour has been one of the highlights of our holiday. We each had limited/no prior experience kayaking, however, thanks to our friendly and helpful tour guide Jono, we felt safe and comfortable the entire time. While cruising along the beautiful lake, Jono provided interesting commentary on the area and our surroundings. We were even lucky enough to spot some large trout swimming by in the shallow parts of the lake! No matter what level of kayaking experience you have, we highly recommend this tour for anybody who would like to enjoy a relaxing time out on the lake surrounded by Lake McLaren’s impressive and untouched surroundings.
Written 24 December 2019
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Waimarino
Hi there! Thank you for your wonderful review. Trout are certainly a lucky sighting! We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your relaxing paddle on the lake.
Written 27 December 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Borchery
3 contributions
Amazing Tour
Nov 2019 • Couples
My husband and I had a wonderful and memorable time on this tour. The scenery was lush and the wildlife plentiful. Kayaks and gear are all provided, so you only need to wear something suitable for being out on the water. The daytime tour seems to be less crowded than the nighttime glow worm kayak tour, so if you’re looking for a more quiet, peaceful outing, this is perfect. Johnno was our guide, and he was very knowledgeable, punctual, and professional. We were able to dictate how we spent our time on the lake.
Written 2 December 2019
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Waimarino
Hi there! Thank you for your lovely review! We are so thrilled that you enjoyed this relaxing tour. It's always gorgeous how vibrant and fresh McLaren Falls Park is!
Written 6 December 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Vasco Rual
4 contributions
A peaceful Kayak Tour on Lake McLaren
Jul 2019 • Family
I did this tour with my father. Our guide David was a very friendly, funny and professional guy ! We talked about various things, asked questions and he was very nice to talk to.
The LakeMcLaren is a lovely place offering a beautiful scenery to your kayaking wander.
Even though the price may seem high, it's actually not if you take into account all the equipment Waimarino provides plus the professionalism and the niceness of the staff. So I think the Scenic Lake McLaren Kayak Tour is a great value activity !
Definitely recommend, you'll have a great time !
Written 4 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi there, Thanks for your review. Its great to hear you and your father enjoyed your time out on Lake McLaren. Thanks for the feedback regarding the price, we feel that the price is justified for the same reasons. We like to give our customers a high end tour and it sounds like that is what your received! Thanks again, Lorna
Written 5 August 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Dylan89888
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Amazing! 10/10
What an amazing night we had. Highly recommend our guides Jono and Hannah were awesome, our first time on a kayak b
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A must do
Great experience all round, our guide Josh absolutely made the night and was so knowledgeable! Such a relaxing and
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Birthday Outing 2021 !
Book vouchers through GrabOne Deal for my sons 11th birthday with friends end of Nov Arrived on a Sunday morning to
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Perfecteay
What an amazing day out. Cannot believe how incredibly friendly the staff was, especially to our girls of 4, 7 and
AshishB1237
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Josh is simply The best
Hi we had a voucher with us for a year. Finally had time yesterday to actually go for it. Our tour and josh was an
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Relaxing river tour
Really nice guide (Jono T). Tranquil, interesting, safe, and fun. We are NZers and this is a nice way to see some o
SafetyStacey
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Magic
A magical evening, a must for anyone who enjoys the magnificence of glow worms and the peacefulness of the current.
RebeccaF2927
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Don't miss this experience
Had a great time with Josh, its selfish but I loved the small group that we had due to covid. Tour guide was very f
JoshuaN1184
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A glowing experience
This was an awesome experience, so relaxing to be on the river. Takes your mind off everything. Great Tour guide, J
MrsMcbrydie2021
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Majestical experience
My husband and I had an amazing time seeing the glow worms and finding out all about them. Our guide Royce took eve
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Loved the Big Kanu Glow Worm tour!!!!
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Wonderful Big Kanu Glow-worm tour
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therealjade
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Glow worms galore
A fantastic adventure with friendly, knowledgeable guides. All gear provided and the paddling is not difficult and
MACfromOz
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Peaceful and stunning
Lake Rotoiti is such a beauty. Even though we started the tour with a heavy rain it was so worth it. Due to the wea
SusanT3120
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Water sports for all ages.
We took a large family group of various ages and what a day! No one wanted to leave. There was plenty of shade fo