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Lake District Adventures

Tirau, New Zealand
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About Lake District Adventures
Based at the southern end of Lake Karapiro, Lake District Adventures is positioned to let you enjoy the clean air, great scenery & lakes of the Waikato / Bay of Plenty. We offer guided evening kayak "Glowworm" tours, Daytime kayak tours and Mountain Bike tours. We also hire mountain bikes, kayaks & stand up paddle boards plus have a shuttle van to move you around the various trails of the area. We can also cater to groups and create packages to suit you.
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Adventurous travelers will love this glowworm-spotting tour with a difference. As the sun gets lower in the sky, paddle in a kayak on Lake Karapiro and along the Pokaiwhenua Stream. You’ll see beautiful native plants and bird life, and rock formations that have been naturally carved over centuries. Once the light disappears, you’ll see thousands of glowworms lighting your way. This tour is a fun way to experience some of New Zealand’s best natural attractions.
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Jude Kemp wrote a review 21 Apr
North Shore, New Zealand2 contributions1 helpful vote
What a great adventure...whilst waiting to get started the heavens opened...luckily it clear and we enjoyed a leisurely paddle up stream, stopped for a hot Raro drink and snacks. We then drifting back, stopping on a beautiful clear night to view the stars....just magic Great guide Caleb, full of knowledge and good sense of humor. A great experience....highly recommend! Thanks Marg & Jude
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Sentinel Homes wrote a review 12 Apr
Hamilton, New Zealand3 contributions
We decided to do this tour as part of a team-day we had for the office. With two people to a kayak it was a great team building experience - not to mention an unforgettable tour all-round. We were lucky enough to have calm waters as we cruised through beautiful scenery. The guides were very knowledgeable and shared some truly interesting things along the way. When we stopped at the mid-point, we were all given a yummy hot drink and crackers and chocolate while we waited for the sun to go down. The glowworms themselves were breathtaking. Our team has never been so quiet! Drifting silently in the dark while being surrounded by these beautiful 'fairy light' glow worms was amazing and a true reminder of how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful country! It was an amazing experience and the guides were very helpful - highly recommend this to anyone. Many of our team will be going back to experience it with their families in the near future!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from SallynSteveH, Owner at Lake District Adventures
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks so much. We are so glad your team had a fantastic tour. Glad we could be a part of your awesome team day! Can't wait to have you all back with your families.
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B & K wrote a review 11 Apr
Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions
We recently arranged (somewhat spur of the moment) to ride the Waikato River Trails and contacted Steve of Lake District Adventures to help out with some bike shuttles and accommodation at the mid way mark. We can't speak highly enough of the service he provided and he was hugely accommodating in terms of our ride plan, Steve is a very professional and safe driver, was on time and it all went without a hitch both days. He also comes with a great sense of humour. We highly recommend Lake District Adventures.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from SallynSteveH, Owner at Lake District Adventures
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks guys. Glad we could help you out and you enjoyed your ride!
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21hollycat wrote a review 9 Apr
Christchurch, New Zealand14 contributions2 helpful votes
We did this tour as a family of five (two adults, three kids aged 11, 12, 15yrs). We are NZers and chose this company because they have nurtured a great relationship with the local iwi and have a genuine commitment to sustainability and eco-tourism. The tour was excellent - the perfect balance between fun, interesting, exciting, and safe! Our guide was Caleb and he is a true asset to the team, absolutely great with the kids (our oldest came away keen to explore outdoor education as a career choice), clear with his instructions, funny and lovely to chat with. Caleb was well organised, the preparation was clear and unhurried), we enjoyed learning about the history of the area, and the kayaking portion was not arduous. The glow worms were obviously a highlight, along with simply kayaking at night and drifting down the stream silently in darkness!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from SallynSteveH, Owner at Lake District Adventures
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks so much for the amazing review! Awesome to hear you enjoyed it all so much. And very cool to hear we could have swayed another outdoor adventure enthusiast. Thanks for choosing to support our little business. :)
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Ian Tew wrote a review 7 Apr
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Steve and Caleb were fantastic hosts and the trip was amazing. The kayaking was fun and the local history shared along the way was really informitive. The glow worm show on the paddle home only had to compete with the stary night sky - mind blowing. A hiden gem and a must for both falilies and work crews (like ours) Ian
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from SallynSteveH, Owner at Lake District Adventures
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks very much for coming along. Glad you all enjoyed it so much.
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