• Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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Spend a magical evening kayaking on Lake Rotoiti, where you’ll visit glowworm caves and have plenty of time to soak in natural hot springs before a barbecue picnic dinner. Paddle for two hours with an expert guide into lakeside caves only accessed by boat to see glowworms and crayfish, then revel in the sunset reflected on the tranquil waters. Instruction, equipment and round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua are all included.


  • Evening kayaking trip on Lake Rotoiti with visits to hot pools and glowworm caves, from Rotorua
  • Kayak about two hours total led by an expert guide
  • Soak in natural hot springs during a 2.5-hour visit to the southern lakeshore
  • Feast on a picnic barbecue dinner at the hot pools
  • Stop to see glowworms and Koura - crayfish at two caves only accessible by boat
  • Includes all equipment and instruction from an expert guide, no experience necessary
  • Hotel pickup and drop off is provided

What You Can Expect

Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner

Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour

After hotel pickup in Rotorua, you’re transferred to the kayaking headquarters for a safety briefing and paddle instructions provided by an experienced guide. From the launch site at nearby Lake Rotoiti, don a life jacket and climb into your kayak to paddle at a leisurely pace across the picturesque lake.

Follow your guide past holiday homes that sprinkle the lakeshore, and learn about regional history, Maori legends and New Zealand's native flora. About halfway into your 2-hour kayak excursion, you’ll arrive at natural hot springs. You have approx. 2.5 hours to spend swimming in Lake Rotoiti and soaking in several hot pools fed by its thermal waters.

At the hot pools, dig into a barbecue picnic that may include steak, gourmet sausages, a choice of salads and dessert.

After dinner, you’ll paddle to several caves that can only be reached by boat. Be mesmerized by the light of glowworms illuminating cavern walls, then continue to a second cave inhabited by koura — small freshwater crayfish. Marvel at the sunset reflected on the water and, as evening turns to dusk, follow your guide back to the boat launch.

Back at the base, you can change into dry clothing before being transported back to your Rotorua hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Nice small group activity. It was a relaxing evening.

ewan m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Highly recommend this excursion.
Initial kayak paddle was slightly difficult against the wind.
The hot springs were fun and there was opportunity to swim in the lake too..warm!
Tasty BBQ meal.
By the time we headed to the cave it was dusk and calm on the water. An amazing experience paddling on a quiet calm lake at night...topped off by seeing the glow worms
Highly recommend.

hutoxi a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Be ready for quite a ride around the cave. Our guide was amazing and made a wonderful bbq for us.
Prepare yourself for the exertion of the event and be in good physical shape ready to take on the lake.
The day we went out it was a bit choppy but when we got back it was a bit dark and much calmer.

Janine C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Amazing day/evening on Lake Rotoiti, really enjoyed the kayaks, hot pools and BBQ. Would high recommend this to others. Note that we went with our 6 year old who loved it.

Vicky S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great fun, good guide and equipment and relaxed BBQ too. Value for money and perfect way to end a day

Tim F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was an incredible tour. Justin was amazing. Kayaking across the lake, hot springs, the sunset, glow worm caves, and a fantastic barbecue. We had a fantastic time. I recommend this evening tour on the water to everyone. Don't miss this fantastic trip and extremely fun outing.

Charles P

1 star rating: I do not recommend this May 2017

The only reason I rated it so low is that we had it scheduled, and they apparently didn't have enough to run the trip. However, we went on the rafting trip from the same vendor, which was great.

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