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Waimarino Adventure Park

36 Taniwha Place | Bethlehem, Tauranga 3176, New Zealand
+64 7-576 4233
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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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36 Taniwha Place | Bethlehem, Tauranga 3176, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our time to experience kayaking. We have a great great great awesome time! 👍🏼 Roy is a funny and informative coach. Thanks Roy and Rose bringing us to see the delightful glow worms and taking care our little girl Zanna!

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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, we are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us! I will pass on your kind words to the guides, we appreciate the feedback! Cheers, Rach

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family of 5 (youngest 13) rank this among the very top activities from our month long tour of eastern Australia and both the north and south islands of NZ. Kayaking at night in and of itself was a fantastic experience, but the 'glow worms'...More

1  Thank Amy B
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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, we are so happy that you enjoyed the magic of the glow worms, enough so that you rank it one of your top activities. We are so glad you enjoyed your time here, and in NZ! Cheers, Rachel

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Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

perfect weather, the kayak is easy to handle. Nice guide. The hot spa is just wonderful. Me and my wife really enjoy it. Will be there again next time in rotorua.

Thank Hongbin G
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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Hi there, we are so happy you enjoyed the beautiful day on Lake Rotoiti! We look forward to seeing you again sometime soon! Cheers, Rach

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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

A great place for those that love water sports. Suitable for kids of all ages right up to adults. My youngest wasn’t keen for the slides & jumps into the water but had a blast on the kiddies slide, the water bike/boat & tramp where...More

1  Thank BeckyWilde
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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

We are so glad the whole family enjoyed their time at our Waimarino Adventure Park! We hope to see you again some time soon, Cheers Rach

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Reviewed 16 June 2018

Without doubt this was the best kayaking tour I have done. James, our tour guide was exceptional in his knowledge and hospitality. I was picked up from the hotel and we met up with the other tourist and went to Lake McLaren stopping off at...More

1  Thank Prema M
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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

Thank you so much for leaving this review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour, and got to experience the magical evening looking at the stars and enjoying the glow worms. We would love to have you on this trip again,...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

Try another glow worm tour - Best part was the setting of Maclarens Falls. The tour was basically a 2 hour evening kayak ride up the river and back with a canadian tour guide who was boring.More

Thank Lisa C
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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Hi Lisa, we are very sorry that the kayak tour was not up to your standards. We take pride in our tours, and we do want to offer every client the best experience possible. Yes, the McLarens lake is beautiful and we love having our...More

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Reviewed 4 June 2018

Overall, the experience was excellent. But we had the addedd bonus of being there at offpeak time (May) and as luck would have it the two of us were the only two patrons that night. I was impressed that the company didn't just cancel the...More

Thank jeremy s
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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Hi there, we really appreciate this amazing review! Yes, our minimum number is two - because we want everyone to experience this tour and not be stopped by low numbers! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Cheers, Rach

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Reviewed 23 May 2018

We knew it was going to be a great day when it was the only day of sunshine on our 14 day trip to NZ. We were picked up from our cruise ship and taken out to Lake McLaren for a fantastic kayak trip. Such...More

1  Thank SueW2000
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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

Thank you for enjoying the day with us, we are so glad that it made your trip in NZ! Cheers, Rach

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Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

There was torrential rain, wind and the threat of a cyclone. They gave us the option to reschedule but it was the last night of our trip and we didn't want to miss out Thank god we didn't - in spite of everything this ended...More

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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

We are so glad that you enjoyed your trip with us, and that it was your highlight of the trip! We are looking forward to your return, and hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 21 May 2018

My niece went on the kayaks in the caves to see the glow worms. She lived in Australia for 6 months and said it was her favorite thing in New Zealand.

Thank JomarJVP
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WaimarinoBOP, Front Office Manager at Waimarino Adventure Park, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2018

We are so glad your niece enjoyed her time with us! It is our favourite thing too. Cheers, Rach

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Victoria J
17 October 2016|
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Response from WaimarinoBOP | Property representative |
The tour is approximately 3 to 3 and half hours so should be finished by 11pm
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Batmite75
16 October 2016|
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Response from WaimarinoBOP | Property representative |
We have a seniors rate for people over 65 years of $5 and this allows them to participate in all activities :)
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Response from Kwaussie | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know, there's no food available at Waimarino apart from coffee and ice creams etc
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