Waimarino Adventure Park
Waimarino Adventure Park
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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Richie D
4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
What an amazing experience! Our tour guide (Ashton) was great. Very informative and entertaining. highly recommend this adventure for a unique evening to remember!
Written 19 November 2023
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Waimarino
Hi there Glad to hear you enjoyed the tour and we could add something unique to your experience
Written 21 November 2023
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_jacksonsharnee
Brisbane, Australia8 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
What an amazing experience. The lake and cave was spectacular and so peaceful. Hannah was our guide and she had lots of insight and knowledge about the lake and surrounding areas. We were on a cruise ship going around NZ and were able to do this amazing trip.
Written 15 November 2023
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Waimarino
Hi there Thank you so much for this review, Glad we could add more excitement to your journey. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour
Written 21 November 2023
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Julia C
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Super fun experience! Tour guides (Hannah, David, Leo) were so lovely and strong! The paddle was quite enjoyable, and the views were spectacular. The canyon was peaceful and stunning at the same time.
Written 14 November 2023
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Waimarino
Good day Thank you so much for this review. We are stoked to hear you enjoyed the canyon and the views.
Written 21 November 2023
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Sarah
Ireland1 contribution
We had a wonderful evening with Ciara and Darragh on our evening Kayak tour to the see the glow worms! Both Darragh and Ciara made us all feel so welcome and were full of chat and really interesting info about the glow worms.
The evening from start to finish was such a cool experience, starting with some nibbles and refreshments by the lake, before heading off into the sunset to get to the glow worms by dark.
The kayaking itself was very manageable as they were 2 person kayaks. Cool experience kayaking back also in the darkness!
The glow worms were beautiful and mesmerising to see. The fact that pictures couldn’t capture their glow made it even more special and just for our eyes.
The tranquility and calmness when watching them made me want to stay there all night! :)

Go raibh maith agaibh Ciara agus Darragh!
Written 27 October 2023
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Waimarino
Hi there, Thank you so much for this awesome review. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the tour, sunset, nibbles and the GLOWWORMS. Thank you for joining this tour
Written 27 October 2023
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Jenny V
London, UK15 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
We had a fantastic experience this evening on the glow worm tour! From start to finish it was well run and our tour guide Lucy was brilliant. It was a great vibe in the group and Lucy was really knowledgeable about the area and facts about the glow worms. Not to mention her manoeuvring was like watching poetry in motion!! If you’re in the area it’s a must do.
Written 25 October 2023
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Waimarino
Good Morning Jenny, We are pleased you had a fantastic experience on the Glow Worm Tour with Lucy. Thank you for recommending this to others, we hope to see you on another tour with us in the future. Thank you for joining us on the tour.
Written 25 October 2023
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Carolina C
4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The whole tour felt really special - it was just my wife and I so we had the guide David's undivided attention! The hot pools were a welcome break from kayaking and weren't too crowded in the evening, and the barbecue dinner was tasty though a bit more ordinary than we had hoped (gourmet sausage, salmon, potato wedges and two mayonnaise-based salads, followed by a free ice lolly from the shop). Seeing the glowworm cave was a real once in a lifetime experience. I think the 3/5 fitness rating on the website is fair and worth taking note of; as a novice kayaker I definitely found it a bit of a workout towards the very end.
Written 25 October 2023
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Waimarino
Good day Thank you so much for this review We are thrilled you and your wife enjoyed your tour with David and the hot pools afterwards! It is our goal to provide a once in a lifetime experience and glad to hear that we could give that to you. Thank you for joining this tour.
Written 25 October 2023
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Chris W
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Couples
The whole experience was very memorable. From the pre-kayak snacks, kayaking stroll along the river and seeing the glowworms up close, we felt that there was a lot of attention to details and would never forget. Luckily, we booked for 2 and had the tour to ourselves.

David was very knowledgable, professional and supportive the whole tour. Even though we had some past experiencing kayaking, he made us feel very comfortable. We would highly recommend the experience! (even if you have no prior kayaking experience).
Written 8 October 2023
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Waimarino
Thank you so much for this review. We want all of our customers to have a memorable experience just like yourself. Glad to hear you enjoyed the glowworms and snacks. Thank you for joining us on this tour
Written 17 October 2023
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Gill D
7 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
This was a great trip. We went in the big kanu... it was a prefect evening and we floated up and down the canyon to see the glow worms. Our tour guides were great too... would highly recommend
Written 23 August 2023
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Waimarino
Hi, there. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the Big Kanu tour & the glowworms Thank you for the great review.
Written 24 August 2023
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Mikie
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Couples
The tour was exceptional from the start to end. David, our tour guide was just fantastic all around, very professional and knowledgeable about kayaking and the tour. We booked for 2 and we were accommodated even as the minimum number and we had the tour to ourselves.
Had a great time, thank you very much.
Written 21 August 2023
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Waimarino
Hi Mikie Thank you for this awesome review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour with your guide David.
Written 22 August 2023
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HappyHKChu
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
A mix of kayaking and Glow Worm watching. Very wonderful experience. Especially the extreme help of Hannah to us when we passed upstream through the power plant, and Tom's detailed and humourous explanation of every details about glow worm. All my family member gave thumb-ups to them. Tom and Hannah, many many thanks and we salute to you!
Written 20 August 2023
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Waimarino
Hi Chu. Thank you for leaving us this great review. We strive to make our customers happy. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the tour with Hannah & Tom.
Written 22 August 2023
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