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Address: 36 Taniwha Place | Bethlehem, Tauranga 3176, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 7-576 4233
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Waimarino Adventure Park is situated on the banks of the Wairoa River just...

Waimarino Adventure Park is situated on the banks of the Wairoa River just 10 minutes from Tauranga city. This tranquil paradise is based around the sport of kayaking and over the past 35 years, Waimarino has become Tauranga’s premier kayaking & recreation location. Waimarino Adventure Park has New Zealand's only kayak slide, The Blob, kayaks, rock climbing, diving boards, Italian Pedallos and plenty more. Grab your swimwear and visit us for a great day of action & fun.Waimarino Kayak Tours offer a great range of kayak tours in Tauranga & Rotorua region including magical glow-worm experiences, fantastic scenery, lake-edge thermal hot pools, catering and transport.Enjoy light refreshments & NZ wine on the edge of Lake McLaren at sunset, surrounded by the ducks &swans. Glide across the calm waters at twilight, before entering our enchanting glow-worm canyon. Our glow-worm kayak tour is truly unique, and a fantastic ‘must do’ experience while in NZ. This glow-worm kayak tour experience is not available in any other location globally. ONLY in Tauranga!Enjoy our kayak tour on scenic Lake Rotoiti, paddle past pohutakawas, (NZ’s Christmas tree) cascading native bush& abundant birdlife along the lake edge. Classic kiwi holiday homes nestle amongst the cliffs & coves. Enjoy the myths and legends of the Maori people linked to Lake Rototiti, before entering the glow-worm cave. Cross the lake to the Manupirua natural thermal hot-pools to relax and reflect on your exhilarating experiences.Please see our website for more information about our park and kayak tour options.

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US$94.00*
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Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga
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US$54.23*
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Wairoa River Kayak Tour
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US$75.92*
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Scenic Lake McLaren Kayak Tour

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Awesome Atmospheric Tour

I am really glad we decided to go on this trip! There were many things that made this experience so good (some of it down to luck but mostly it was the package itself) - a major... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Joanna L
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United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am really glad we decided to go on this trip! There were many things that made this experience so good (some of it down to luck but mostly it was the package itself) - a major part of that being a great combination of activities - food, kayaking, and glowworms. Firstly, you get to see MacLaren Falls as you... More 

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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this review

Thanks for your glowing review! We love to hear feedback from our customers, especially when it sounds this good. We are glad that you enjoyed every aspect of your tour including the fact that the trip was excellent value. We hope you get the opportunity to experience another one of our tours sometime. Chelsea More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great spot to take the family. For fun and entertainment on the water. Excelent arranged exscersions Also great events center for private functions of business events

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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this review

Thanks for your 5 star review. We're glad you enjoy our water adventures and facilities on site. Chelsea More 

Saint Hyacinthe, Canada
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74 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the evening glow worm tour as a group of ten, including two kids and an elderly person. Our two guides (sorry, forgotten your names) were very proficient and helpful. The wine and cheese was perhaps not really necessary, but I guess that allows them to justify the somewhat steep price of this tour. Once on the water, you... More 

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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this review

My apologies that your tour did not fully meet your expectations. Majority of our clients really enjoy the refreshments before the tour but we understand that this does not suit everyone. This time of year is a bit cooler, so we like to make sure that our guides are providing fleeces and jackets to help keep our clients a bit... More 

Edmonton
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The crew was very laid back and fun but at the same time made sure everything was explained and they kept everyone's safety in mind...afterall, you are kayaking in the dark with inexperienced people so this was important. The glow worms were not that bright, but there was nothing the guides could do. Trip there was fine, wine and cheese... More 

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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review, we love to hear any feedback our clients have about our tours. We hope to see you again on this tour, or any of our other tours! Chelsea More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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237 reviews
153 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did not expect the food to be that good, I did not expect our guides to be that fun, I did not expect to see that many glowworms, I did not expect them to be so bright. I was surprised all the way and loved every second of our tour. Again please!!!

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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this review

Thanks for your excellent review. We are glad you enjoyed the tour, including the food! We like to keep our tours exciting and interesting throughout the entire duration, so we are happy to hear that our guide did just that! We hope you book with us again sometime. Chelsea More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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117 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is easy to spend an entire day at Waimarino, especially in the Summer months. With Wairau River flowing alongside, the water activities are abundant. Activities range from paddle boating and kayaking to being flung off the Blob into the river. There are also land activities, such as volley ball and rock climbing, and these are equally as fun. I... More 

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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We love hearing that our customers have had a great day at our adventure park! The BLOB definitely is one of our more unique, but incredibly fun activities. Chelsea More 

Calgary
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43 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

We had a nice small group. The weather wine and company were all great. It was great to see the glowworms and also some amazing stars.

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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. It's lovely to hear that you enjoyed the tour within your group. Chelsea More 

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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Very friendly and helpful staff. Safety is paramount. If you'd like to get an idea what kayaking and glow warms are like - that's the right choice. Safe to bring kids and people with 0 experience. If you want a serious kayaking experience, may be look for something else. But if you are looking at spending a night in the... More 

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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this review

Thanks for your amazing review. We love to hear customers feedback. I will be passing this onto your guides. We hope you book with us again. More 

Pennsylvania
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

This is a better, much less touristy way to view the worms than some of the others. Starts off with a van ride to the location where you begin. The guides set up a little table with wine and cheese for the clients to eat while they prepared the kayaks. We then paddled out to the location. They provide all... More 

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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We like to hear everybody's feedback so if things need improving we can action that. I am glad you enjoyed the tour and we hope to see you again at Waimarino. More 

London, Canada
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Had a lovely time kayaking along the lake to the crevasse where we saw the "glow worms". Our team leader was very friendly and helpful. Information about the area and the life cycle of the glow worms was interesting and well told.

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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this review

Thanks for you review. We are glad you had a good time and learnt a bit more about our area and the native glow worm. More 

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