• Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Experience one of the North Island's most beautiful natural wonders on this 3-hour Lake McLaren glowworm kayaking adventure. As evening falls and the stars come out, paddle onto serene Lake McLaren and follow a guide along the winding river. Enter the canyon and gaze over the millions of bright green glowworms illuminating the rock face. Then — in the depths of darkness — navigate back to base by the stars and moon. This adventurous kayak trip is suitable for paddlers of all skill levels.


  • 3-hour evening glowworm kayak tour on Lake McLaren
  • Explore Lake McLaren and its river system with a guide
  • Admire panoramic views over the millions of glowworms twinkling in the darkness
  • Navigate along the river by starlight
  • This exciting kayak adventure is suited to paddlers of all skill levels
  • Numbers are limited for a small-group experience

What You Can Expect

Lake McLaren Evening Glowworm Kayaking Adventure

Kayaking on Lake McLaren

Customer Reviews

Joe P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our family of six really enjoyed this. Quiller and Kopi apologies for any misspelling guys did a fantastic job as guides. The pace and amount of information was exactly what suited us. Anyone with reservations about their fitness or kayaking ability should not worry at all. You can be a complete novice and have a great time. The glow worms put on a fantastic light show for us too!

Elaine D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It was an awesome experience. Tim was patient and funny. I really enjoyed this trip, it is definitely worth going and i really think this one is more interesting than other glowworm caves.

Hannah H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Tim was a nice guide and the experience was amazing. Must do activity in Tauranga!

Kirsti L New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Better than expected. My 8yr loved it to. We paddled in a double but probably she would have preferred a single -lake cruisy. Kayaking at night a must do. Tim is the guide to have.

Minchul P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our group of 7 had a terrific experience. This was hands-down the highlight of our Tauranga road trip.
10/10 would recommend this trip to anyone.
The actual kayaking is not actually hard and the glowworms were so beautiful.

HUGE thanks to our tour guide TIM!!

Richard H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was a highlight of our vacation in New Zealand. Tim was a great guide and the equipment was top-notch.

John P M

4 star rating: Recommended April 2017

My wife and I enjoyed this tour and would recommend. She had never been in a kayak. Tim offered very good instruction, making all five of us very comfortable. We had a slight missed communication as to where we were to meet at the beginning but it worked out. Probably more my fault than Tim's. We would suggest you bring an extra pair of pants and underwear as it is pretty hard to avoid getting wet, despite the water resistant pants Tim offers as part of the tour. The actually sight of the glow worms is pretty cool along with the paddling under moonlight. Tim's Maori heritage showed in his love of nature and passion for the outdoors. Ask him about the possums up in the tree.

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