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  • Combine kayak, glow worms and thermal hot pools!
  • Experienced guide
  • Intimate tour with small groups
  • No experience required
  • Excellent introduction to kayaking
  • Safety first and focused


Glow Worm Kayaking Day Tour from Rotorua including Manupirua Thermal Hot Pools

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Explore Lake Rotoiti on a scenic sea kayak tour to the glow worm caves and finish the tour with a relaxing thermal hot pools experience! Enjoy the serenity throughout the tour as you paddle past native bushland and spot waterfront homes nestled in amongst cliffs and coves. On your kayak tour, paddlers will be joined by abundant birdlife leading up to the entrance to the glow worm caves hidden amongst bushland.

See the glowing creatures as you glide through the caves and listen to the myths and legends of the Maori people linked to Lake Rotoiti as told by your knowledgable guide. Following a 2 hour kayak, relax in the secluded Manupirua Thermal Hot Pools accessed only by water. The duration of the sea kayak tour is 3.5 hours and includes all kayak equipment, a light snack and entry to the thermal hot pools. The tours depart from the Okere Falls Store at 8.30am and 1.30pm with additional tours run in summer. Transfers from Rotorua can be booked at an additional cost.

To discover the hidden gems of Lake Rotoiti on this magnificent kayak tour, book online here!

What To Bring

  • Swimwear and towel
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
  • Cameras are optional (we take no responsibility for your cameras)

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of purchase
  • 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


  • Enjoy a scenic sea-kayak past the cascading native bush including the Pohutukawa, NZ's native Christmas tree
  • View classic kiwi holiday homes dotted amongst the cliffs and coves
  • Explore the quiet lake's edge with abundant birdlife before parting the bush to enter the glow worm cave
  • Glide over the calm waters with NZ's only scenic lake and glow worm cave tour
  • Relax in one of the best kept secret natural thermal hot pools which are only accessed by water
  • Enjoy myths and legends of the Maori people linked to Lake Rotoiti

Additional Information

  • Minimum age for this tour is 8 years old
  • Minimum 2 people required for booking


  • This tour departs daily at 8.30am, 1.30pm and additional tour at 3.30pm in Summer


  • Please allow approximately 4 hours for this whole experience with approximately 2 hours kayaking/paddle time


  • Guide vehicle from meeting point to Lake Rotoiti
  • All kayaking and safety equipment provided including kayak, paddle and quality life jacket
  • Thermal hot pools entry ticket
  • Warm fleece jacket, spray jacket and waterproof dry bag for cameras provided
  • Light snack (chocolate and water)
  • Experienced guide


  • Pick up and drop off from Rotorua central accommodation is available at an extra cost of $30NZD (Please see voucher information for details on how to arrange transfers after booking this experience)


  • Please meet at the Okere Falls Store/Café (757 State Highway 33, Rotorua) at departure time and follow guide (self-drive) for 2 minutes to launch point
No need to worry if you haven’t kayaked before, as a full briefing will give you confidence, and the equipment is all up to a high standard.
Need help? Contact our friendly customer support service. 1300 935 532 enquiry@experienceoz.com.au Help Code: 34A3