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Tauranga: Daytime Scenic Lake McLaren Tour
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Tauranga: Daytime Scenic Lake McLaren Tour

By Waimarino Adventure Park
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Ages 5-99, max of 2 per group
Duration: 3h 30m
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Live guide: English
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  • All relevant kayaking equipment
  • Full safety briefing with the trip guide
What's not included
  • An additional cost per person does apply to Hotel pickup/drop off: NZ$40.00pp
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks (some snacks available for purchase at reception)
  • An additional fee of $40.00pp for pick up does apply to all travelers


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Waimarino Water & Adventure Park, 36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, Tauranga 3172, New Zealand
Pickup details
  • IF YOU ARE ON A CRUISE SHIP PLEASE ENSURE YOU BOOK OUR KANU OPTION THAT DEPARTS ON CRUISE SHIP DAYS AND INCLUDES TRANSPORT FROM THE PORT OF TAURANGA. Hotel/Accommodation pick up and drop off is offered for a total additional cost of NZ$40.00pp. Please select the Hotel Pick up option. We can pick up from any accommodation provider in the Mount Maunganui and Tauranga city Centre area.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Tauranga Port
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Infants must sit on laps
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5997P6

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travellers can participate
      • The tour can operate in almost all weather conditions
      • Please dress appropriately for the weather
      • Easy pace scenic tour
      • If Hotel/Accommodation pick up is needed please book the Hotel Pick up option upon checkout.
      • 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 2 travellers

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

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      Scenic Lake McLaren Kayak Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Scenic Lake McLaren Kayak Tour on Tripadvisor
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      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: 5997P6

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      • Waimarino Adventure Park
        999
        Tauranga, New Zealand
      • 705maggiew
        0 contributions
        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
        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
      • 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
      • 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
      • 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
      • 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
      • 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
      • 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
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      Bev J
      6 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      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
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      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
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      Passport00531695504
      Salt Lake City, UT1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2023 • Family
      This was a perfect kayak tour for our family. We are a family of five with boys ages 13, 10, and 6. Our guide David was great. He answered our questions and shared information about the area. The lake was beautiful.
      Written 2 December 2023
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      Thank you so much for this review! We are thrilled you had a great time with your family :)
      Written 28 December 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Heather Jewett
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2023
      My sister and I were able to book this trip while on a shore excursion for our cruise. We absolutely loved the experience. Our guide was personable, friendly, and knowledgeable, and the lake was gorgeous. While both my sister and I have kayaked a bit before, we are by no means savvy kayakers and this experience was ideal for our desire for an adventure but with our limited kayaking abilities. I would highly recommend Waimarino.
      Written 16 March 2023
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
      The Scenic Lake McLaren is a nice cruisy paddle perfect for all abilities, great to hear you and your sister enjoyed your tour!
      Written 23 May 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Floscey
      Tauranga, New Zealand4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2022
      Mclaren Falls - peaceful and pretty kayaking. Hannah is awesome, friendly & lovely lady to talk with. I wasn't sure to begin with but further u go up the more pretty and peaceful it became. Look forward to the night trip. Thanks Hannah u are the best :)
      Written 7 January 2022
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      Vasco Rual
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      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
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      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.

      lisatamblyn11
      Barrie, Canada13 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      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
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      Thank you for the taking the time to give us an awesome 5-start review! We are pleased to hear you had a beautiful kayak at Lake McLaren with Christie :) Thank you again!
      Written 23 February 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Tracey M
      5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2024 • Family
      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
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      Thank you for this lovely review! We are thrilled to hear you had a beautiful tour with Christie! :)
      Written 31 January 2024
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      paulbrown1019
      Southampton, UK244 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      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
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      Hi Paul! Thank you for this lovely review! We are thrilled to hear you had a great time on our Kayak Tour with all the stunning scenery! :)
      Written 25 January 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Stay55288710823
      3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2023
      This was an absolute highlight of our trip to NZ!

      We got lucky and were the only ones booked for the tour that day and so got one-on-one attention from our guide (I think her name was Sarah, sorry if that’s not right!). She was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and delightful to spend time with. All the equipment is provided and everything was in good working order. Even the time spent in the car during the transfer from the water park to the lake was lovely. We learned a little bit more about the Tauranga region and had a really pleasant conversation.

      It was a slightly drizzly day and we were provided with jackets and some basic kayaking tips and tricks before we headed off along the lake. We got really lucky with the weather and things cleared up a bit. The sun came out just as we reached the canyon creating a beautiful effect of sunlight off the water and cliffs. Devine!

      I certainly recommend the daytime scenic trip, it’s a beautiful place and being able to experience it in the light of day was magical. Sarah gave us some advice about coming back to the McLaren Falls Park at dusk to see the glow worms, definitely recommended! We managed to get the best of both worlds.
      Written 29 April 2023
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      LOVE to hear it! Thanks for your epic review, and stoked that we were the highlight of your trip to NZ!
      Written 23 May 2023
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      Xena
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2022
      The guide Jono, was very knowing of local lore and super friendly, he also pointed us towards many other local spots to visit and where to eat and drink. The views and lake were amazing, despite the rainy conditions we were provided with all the gear to ensure we didn't get wet.
      Written 26 November 2022
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      Jono is a very knowledgeable guide, we are so glad that you enjoyed your experience !
      Written 28 November 2022
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