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Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga provided by Waimarino Adventure Park

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Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga

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Start your evening with a glass of wine and cheese board on the banks of Lake McLaren, then paddle your kayak to an enchanting canyon filled with glowworms. This guided tour features double kayaks on calm, sheltered waters—ideal for exploring at dusk. You have the option to book transport from accommodations in Tauranga or Mount Maunganui.
You'll start at
36 Taniwha Place
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  • 1
    Waimarino Adventure Park
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 2
    McLaren Falls Park
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by McLaren Falls Park
You'll end at
36 Taniwha Place
36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, Tauranga 3172, New ZealandPark in the carpark of Waimarino Kayak tours / Adventure Park and walk down the path. The stairs will offer an amazing view of the Wairoa River before you arrive at reception where the reception staff or your guides will meet you.
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  • Evening glowworm excursion on Lake McLaren
  • Refreshments include wine, fruit, and cheese
  • Guide leads a max of 20 people on night paddle
  • Upgrade for hotel pickup in Tauranga at booking
Important Information
Departure Point
36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, Tauranga 3172, New Zealand
3h 15m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Kayak and equipment
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Light refreshments
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - McLaren Falls Park
  • If Hotel Pickup is required please select the Hotel pick up option.
  • An additional cost per person does apply to Hotel pickup/drop off.
  • Entry/Admission - Waimarino Adventure Park
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required to commence a tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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 20 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Foak wrote a review 7 Jul
Yorkshire4 contributions1 helpful vote
Absolutely loved this. The lake is stunningly beautiful! Watching sunset from the hot pools was wonderful, with the added bonus of having a quick dive into the lake if you got a bit too warm. Then a paddle across to the glow worms where the tour guide, Jono, was informative and
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Date of experience: February 2020
Neha wrote a review Jun 2020
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
The experience for adventurous as well as so serene. Being in middle of lake on a starry night was a great experience
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Date of experience: June 2020
Sun wrote a review May 2020
1 contribution
We were two families with five children including two very young ones. Everyone enjoyed (though two young ones got scared when it got dark) It was the best experience these couple of years. And our guide, Blair, was so kind, made our experience unforgettable.
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Date of experience: May 2020
Neil J wrote a review Mar 2020
Tumbi Umbi5 contributions3 helpful votes
Beautiful location, good wine and nibbles to begin the evening, 2 very likeable guides, starry sky and still waters. Educational chat about the glow worms. Awesome experience all round!
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Date of experience: March 2020
JJLuvsHotels wrote a review Mar 2020
Auckland, New Zealand453 contributions58 helpful votes
I'm not much of an outdoors person. I'm not a huge fan of water. But I decided to give this a go and it's one of my favourite activities to date! My boyfriend visited from Algeria, so I thought this would be a perfect activity to showcase NZ. We meet at base, get a shuttle to
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Good fun
This tour was a lot of fun! Cady, Jono, Emil, and Archie were friendly and engaging. The wine, cheese, and snacks w
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What a wonderful experience ❣️
A big shout to Arkie...absolutely a stunning trip with only me and partner. Everything is just over the expectation
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Glow worm kayaking
The glow worm kayak tour is a great experience. You get taken into McLaren Falls park in the evening and have wine/
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ig big thank you and gratitude for providing us with such a meaningful experience for so many of our kids. I think we wi
Awesome place for children and adults to let loose in a splashy and exciting water park with great staff.
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Beautiful day, beautiful lake!
This was truly an enjoyable adventure! Our guide was friendly and a great conversationalist. We happened to be the
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Off the beaten track
This was a really nice way to see Lake McLaren - nothing beats a view from the water! Our guide Archie was great an
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We did this tour as part of a shore excursion from our ship. There were several older people in our group. The team
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Relaxing on the water from the ship!
(From cruise ship)... best tour guide! With Blair, one of the owners, Marko and Jack. A real shout out to such pure
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Excellent family venue
12 of us descended on this park last Saturday. I had no idea it even existed. But what a surprise! Fabulous layout,
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Grandson holiday with Poppa
Fabulous range of activities. Kyaking was the favourite filled my phone with too many pics. Areas for water jumping
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stitches 2016
Had a brilliant evening!! Cheese and wine on arrival by the river. Then we kayaked along stunning vegetation and tr
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Great activity for all the family
I did Waimarino's kaying trip with my whole family on New Year's Day. It was a fantastic experience - really chille
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Great fun day
Took my 2 grandchildren ( 11& 9 yrs) Arrived just after 10am then dragged them out at 4.30! They had a ball, there
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Family Day Out in the Sun and Water
Very cool place to spend the day, lots of different activities, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Water Slides, R
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Glow worms
You can be picked up from and returned your accommodation for an additional charge. You travel to the banks of Lake
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Key Details
  • Duration: 3h 15m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German
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