The alpine lake of Rotoiti, situated in Nelson Lakes National Park, is home to significant birdlife including kaka, kakariki and bush robins. This kayak tour delivers you across the pristine waters of the picturesque mountain lake to caves and hot pools that can only be visited via the waterway.
After meeting your experienced guide in Rotorua, you’re taken to the launch site at Lake Rotoiti where you’re provided with kayak equipment and safety instructions.
Once you’re comfortably situated in your kayak, follow your guide past lakeside vacation homes dotting the cliffs and coves of this serene location. Hear Maori tales and learn about the plant life as you spot pohutukawa trees — commonly referred to as New Zealand Christmas trees for their spiky red flowers and evergreen foliage.
When you reach the lakeside cave, gaze with awe at the glowworms on the surrounding walls; the tiny creatures emit a soft light as you drift along the dark cavern — a rare sight in the daytime.
Then continue your kayak tour to man-made hot pools fed by natural thermal springs at the edge of Lake Rotoiti. Enjoy a well-deserved soak in the thermal waters of this lakeside paradise, taking in the alpine landscape as you unwind.
After about 45 minutes here, you’ll paddle back to the launch site and be returned to the original meeting point where your half-day tour ends.