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Address: Unit 3 5 Macdonald Street | Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 7-574 7415
08:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 18:00

Kayak adventures, including Glow Worm kayaking in the dark, that will get...

Kayak adventures, including Glow Worm kayaking in the dark, that will get you off the beaten track and give you a taste of the real NZ. Personal, guided kayak tours that ensure you discover some unforgettable places.

Glow Worm Kayaking & Bush Walk Tour - an adventure kayaking and walking in the dark to see the glow worms, hear the wildlife and see the southern stars. Get up close and personal to these incredible illuminated creatures. This is a truly magical and special place in NZ. Simply a must do if you're in the area.

Round the Mount Kayak Tour - a sealife safari exploring the rocky shores of the iconic Mauao extinct volcano with it's Maori tales and history. Paddle to the reserve islands just off shore to view the seals and spot a blue penguin. Adventure, nature and culture all rolled in to one trip.

Lake McLaren Kayak & Waterfall Tour - a relaxed paddle and short walk exploring the native flora and fauna of this secluded lake and the surrounding bush. Explore the secluded hidden waterway and take a short walk through the native bush to a pretty waterfall. Ideal for families or those wanting their first taste of kayaking in beautiful surroundings.

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We booked last minute and too late for the BOP kayaking and were offered the McLaren lake experience instead. I wasn't keen but we wanted to take in what was our first kayak... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2015
London, United Kingdom

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153 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2015

friendly staff and a good range of kayaks and equipment. get down there and book a kayak trip you will have a blast.

Thank martinaud37
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2015

As locals,we know the Mount well,but being on the water in a kayak gave us a different perspective on this beautiful area. The weather was perfect and our guide Estelle,was friendly,knowledgeable and helpful.Only the orcas and dolphins were missing.We enjoyed the experience and would certainly recommend it to visitors and indeed,other locals.

Thank keithlink
Perth, Australia
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2015

We were the only two on the Lake McLaren Kayak & Waterfall Walk Tour on the 29th December which we thought was strange considering the website had mentioned it required a minimum of 4 to run the tour. Brad was our tour guide and he was very informative and helpful. Unfortunately, water had been released out of the lake the... More 

1 Thank Futuretravels
Estelle L, Owner at Canoe & Kayak Bay of Plenty, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear your were not satisfied with your kayak tour and that it did not meet your expectations. Whilst we prefer a minimum of 4 on our tours, it is at our discretion to still operate with lower numbers as in the past we have found that many people enjoy a private and personal tour to get away... More 

London, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2015

We booked last minute and too late for the BOP kayaking and were offered the McLaren lake experience instead. I wasn't keen but we wanted to take in what was our first kayak experience so went ahead and booked. Estelle and a colleague (so sorry i forgot your name) met as near the cafe and instantly made us comfortable and... More 

2 Thank Nush7
Brisbane, Australia
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212 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2014

Our family did not have a lot of experience with Kayaking, but I convinced our cousins that Kayaking would be an excellent option to see the Bay of Plenty and get some exercise. The morning was excellent and the company even better! The tour was enjoyable and the sights well worth the effort. If you want to enjoy a different... More 

1 Thank KiddHouse
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2014

Very happy with the skills course as an absolute beginner. The instructors take safety very seriously and I thought we were very well briefed and supported. So much more confident now, and won't be panicing if end up upside down by some accident! Looking foward to learning more and going out on club trips :-)

1 Thank 459Helen63
Grand Junction, Colorado
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Don't let the price of this relaxing adventure turn you off to this experience. I was skeptical and wanted something more exciting for my money. Turns out that it was worth every pence. Estelle was a wonderful, kind, and engaging guide. She shared her knowledge and humor with the group and kept everyone safe and happy. Although we found everything... More 

2 Thank TMACK2121
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 24 June 2014

We did the day trip on McLaren lake - fantastic scenery and serenity, and a wonderful guide (Estelle) to boot. Highly recommended!

Thank Kurt S
Ceduna, South Australia, Australia
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18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2014

What a wonderful morning kayaking McLaren Lake with Estelle from Canoe & Kayak Bay of Plenty. My family thoroughly enjoyed the serene, peaceful lake with the stunning scenery surrounding us. Estelle (our guide) was truly brilliant. This is an experience you should definitely take on. If it happens to be raining don't cancel. We kayaked in the rain and it... More 

Thank Melinda V
Auckland, New Zealand
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40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Absolutely amazing...not only was the scenery and weather perfect and more than we could have expected...but Estelle was amazing. Her service and ability to reassure me was amazing...I had never been to lake mclaren before but her txt to make sure I knew where I was going an what to do was really assuring. My partners birthday was amazing and... More 

3 Thank Kmf267
Estelle L, Owner at Canoe & Kayak Bay of Plenty, responded to this review

I just love that you chose our Lake McLaren tour to celebrate a family birthday, we have such a great day and I'm so glad you enjoyed it so much and have the photos I took for you to remember it by. Now that your seasoned kayaking pro's I can't wait to take you on another kayaking adventure again in... More 

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