• Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Soak in the thermal spring-fed pools of Lake Rotoiti and paddle into a glowworm cave on a half-day kayak tour from Rotorua. With an expert guide, explore the tranquil waters of the mountain lake as you take in the stunning scenery in the Bay of Plenty region, and experience caverns and hot springs accessible only by water. Kayak equipment and a light snack are included.


  • Kayak tour on Lake Rotoiti to glowworm cave and thermal hot pools, from Rotorua
  • Paddle along peaceful Lake Rotoiti and learn about the abundant plant and bird life from your expert guide
  • See glowworms (in the daytime!) in caves that are only accessible by kayak
  • Relax in natural thermal hot pools on the shore of Lake Rotoiti with a spectacular view
  • All kayak equipment and a light snack are provided

What You Can Expect

Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools and Glowworm Cave Kayak Tour from Rotorua

Hot Pools

This kayak tour delivers you across the pristine waters of Rotoiti, a picturesque mountain lake in the Bay of Plenty region that is home to caves and hot pools only accessed 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.

Customer Reviews

Gayle L

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2017

Very nice to get out on the water in a kayak for this adventure. Area is beautiful. Glow worm cave was very small. The area where the glow worms are is large enough only to wedge your kayak into - take a look and back out again. The hot pools are a series of large cement pools that are fed by the hot springs. I envisioned swimming in a more natural setting.

Melita M

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 2017

The glow worm cave was very small and pretty disappointing. We were not given the water and snack or the dry bag for our cameras and phones as advertised. The tour guide gave us heaps of information on the glow worms but none on the wildlife or Rotorua also as advertised. The view of the lake however, was amazing but I felt that the tour was very overpriced for what we got.

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