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Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga

Tauranga, New Zealand
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icon3 hours 15 minutes  (Approx.)
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Experience the magic of New Zealand’s North Island on this 3.5-hour evening glow-worm kayak tour in Tauranga. Begin your tour with refreshments including wine from the award-winning Mills Reef Winery and delicious New Zealand cheeses on the banks of Lake McLaren. As day turns to night, hop into your kayak and paddle with your guide to the glow-worm canyon at the head of Lake McLaren. Marvel at the millions of bright green glow-worms clinging to the towering cliff sides, and gain insight into the life cycle of these fascinating creatures.
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide


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Magical experience
, Dec 2019
The beautiful misty lake had a stunning arrangement of wine and cheese tasting for us after which our amazing guides amile and johno helped us through the mindblowing kayak tour with magical glowworms and their reasons for formation. Definitely a must do when you’re in Tauranga.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hi there! Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad that you enjoyed all the aspects of our tour, the glow worms are certainly a magical sight to see!
Unique and Fun Tour
, Dec 2019
Unique and fun tour, really a must do, all the guides were great, especially Jason, wine and cheese was an unexpected surprise, only about 30 minutes of easy paddaling, anyone could do this tour.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hi there! Thank you for your kind review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the refreshments we provided for you, its definitely a bonus for the tour!
Dorine F
, Nov 2019
I accidentally booked on a holiday but the owner came personally to honor the booking and I had a solo experience.We had wine and cheese prior and went on a beautiful paddle at sunset and saw amazing glow worms while kayaking in the dark. Amazing.!!. I have had lots of adventure experiences,, this one was top 5 .. i highly recommend this tour.. and others offered from this company.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
HI Dorine! Thank you so much for your glowing review! It's so special to be able to see the glow worms while out on the kayaks and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your trip! All the best for your future adventure experiences!
Fantastic evening!
, Oct 2019
Very friendly guides, full of knowledge about the glow worms. Felt very safe kayaking in the dark with them. Wine and cheese made a great addition! Recommended!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hi there! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip! Thank you for your lovely review.
Average Value
, May 2019
Interesting but not as much expected based upon advertisement suggested. However, the guides did good job.
Exceeded expectations!
, May 2019
I didn't expect to be so pampered with the pre-launch treats! The guides worked hard to make us all feel comfortable with the kayak operations. My daughter and I were really impressed with the amount of time we got to spend under the stars while learning more about the glow worms. I highly recommend it!
This is a very fun tour and the...
, Apr 2018
This is a very fun tour and the glowworms are beautiful. Two things should be changed to make it a better experience. First, don't allow flash photography. We had someone in our group taking flash photos/videos the whole time, which ruined everyone else's ability to see the glowworms. Second, let people actually kayak through the canyon part, instead of rafting up. Aside from those, it was a fun tour of kayaking down a peaceful river, and our guide was really helpful, informative, and easy-going. This is a nice small-group alternative to the Waitomo glowworm caves if you want a more personal experience.
Absolutely awesome! Highly recommend...
Samantha M
, Mar 2018
Absolutely awesome! Highly recommend this tour. The guides were excellent and the glow worms were so cool to see. I’d never kayaked before but I felt very confident and safe. Such a cool experience was definitely a highlight of the trip, a must do! Worth every penny!
Best experience we had in New...
Sarah B
, Dec 2017
Best experience we had in New Zealand! Kayaking a placid lake at dusk, a great guide, Sean, and glow worms gave us a spectacular evening of memories. A nice touch would be a photo of each kayak as they leave the staging area.
OMG! If you've never kayaked at...
Barbara M
, Feb 2017
OMG! If you've never kayaked at night before, take this trip! The glow worms are beyond description. Tim and Shawn took excellent care of all of our kayak needs: clothes, life preservers, kayaks with lights and even cheese and wine. Quite the experience.

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