Tauranga Evening Glowworm Kayak Tour

Fitness level moderate
Intensity level moderate

Highlights & inclusions

3 - 3.5 Hour Evening kayak tour
All Kayaking and Safety equipment
See the beautiful Glowworms
Spot the fantastic birdlife
Locally produced refreshments

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Tue, Jun 18, 2024

What you can expect

Combining adventure, sightseeing and refreshments, this Evening Glowworm Kayaking Tour in Tauranga is an ideal way to spend the evening. The journey begins on the shoreline of Lake McLaren where you can enjoy a bevy of locally sourced food and drink as the sun goes down on another beautiful day in Tauranga. Surrounded by wildlife including ducks and swans this is an incredibly romantic and enjoyable setting to enjoy before climbing into your dual kayak.

Come dusk, you'll be led down the lake to watch the sunset from the water and then onwards towards the Glowworm canyon. Under the leadership of a kayak tour guide, you'll be taken on a journey to see these mysterious and mesmerizing Glowworm canyon. The canyon is located at the top of the lake and by the time you reach it, it will be night time. Once inside the canyon, you won't be able to see anything apart from what your head torch lights up before paddling into the lit up are the Glowworms occupy. While in the canyon you'll be taught about the life cycle and habits of the New Zealand fungus gnat (Glowworms) as you admire their beauty.

This 3 hour tour is suitable for guests over the age of 8 years and requires a basic level of fitness to participate. All necessary equipment is included in the price such as double sea-kayaks, paddles, paddle-jackets and buoyancy aids,. Tours depart once a day in the evening or late afternoon depending on the time of year and guests can request accommodation transfers for an additional fee.


What you need to know

  • Evening kayak tour
  • All Kayaking and Safety equipment
  • Glowworm viewing
  • Bird Spotting
  • Refreshments
  • Pick up/drop off vehicle transfers are available from & to your accommodation to Waimarino and/or the activity launch site. Vehicle transfers from & to your accommodation in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui are $25 per person. Once you have received your voucher from us, please call the tour operator to arrange your pick up if you wish (Tour operator details will be printed on your voucher). Transfer fees are payable in advance
  • Enjoy locally produced refreshments while watching the ducks and swans. Taste some wine from the award winning Mills Reef winery
  • Watch the sun set over the rolling hills
  • Paddle on your kayak into the night and discover the magic of the enchanting glow worm canyon
  • Hear a fascinating & informative brief about the life cycle and peculiarities of the New Zealand glow worms
  • This is the only place in the world when sea kayaking & glow worm viewing combine for a magical & truly unique experience
  • Please meet at Waimarino Adventure Park (36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, Tauranga)
  • Tour departure time is between 4pm-7.30pm. Departure times vary depending on the season
  • 3-3.5 hours (Includes 1-1.5hour kayaking)
Additional Information
  • Minimum age is 8 years old
  • Two person minimum for all kayak tours to operate
  • Waimarino reserves the right to cancel the tour on the day, due to weather or any safety concerns. If this is done, the tour will be postponed or a full refund will be made
Cancellation Policy
  • You MUST CALL the operator before proceeding with cancelling this booking. 100% cancellation fee applies within 48hrs of tour date
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements


  • Vision Impaired friendly
  • Hearing Impaired friendly

Need help?

  • Email us at enquiry@experienceoz.com.au
  • Help code: D2B-2703
  • This experience is supplied by Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour from Tauranga including Wine Tasting


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  • We have an approved Science Based Target
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