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Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga

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Tauranga, New Zealand

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icon3 hours 15 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Experience the magic of New Zealand’s North Island on this evening glow-worm kayak tour in Tauranga. Begin your tour with refreshments including wine from the award-winning Mills Reef Winery and delicious New Zealand cheeses on the banks of Lake McLaren. As day turns to night, hop into your kayak and paddle with your guide to the glow-worm canyon at the head of Lake McLaren. Marvel at the millions of bright green glow-worms clinging to the towering cliff sides, and gain insight into the life cycle of these fascinating creatures.
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
Kayak and equipment
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Light refreshments
Professional guide
If Hotel Pickup is required please select the Hotel pick up option.
An additional cost per person does apply to Hotel pickup/drop off.

Departure Point

36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, Tauranga 3176, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from any accommodation provider in the Mount Maunganui, Tauranga city centre for an additional $25.00 per person. Please select the with Hotel pick up option on checkout. We will message you with the collection time please note this will be at least 30-45minutes before tour departure.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required to commence a tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Waimarino Glow Worm Kayaking

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga.

Traveler Tips


  • "Starting this experience with wine, cheese and nibbles on the riverbank is a great start to the night." See review
  • "This is a nice small-group alternative to the Waitomo glowworm caves if you want a more personal experience." See review
  • "Having snacks and wine on the shore before hitting the water was a great "ice breaker" and set the tone for a relaxed yet exhilarating experience." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Shine little glow worm, glimmer, glimmer!
Charles_L
, Feb 2020
Everyone in Tauranga who I mentioned this tour to highly recommended it, and they were not wrong! The staff were so much fun and highly knowledgeable. They clearly love what they do. Having snacks and wine on the shore before hitting the water was a great "ice breaker" and set the tone for a relaxed yet exhilarating experience. Kayaking en masse onto pitch black still waters and entering the glow worm canyon was other worldly. The staff reciting their amateur glow worm "poetry" was an amusing bonus. Definitely a must-do in Tauranga if you're looking for a unique, memorable experience.
star-5
Great Experience
thethompsons19
, Feb 2020
Starting this experience with wine, cheese and nibbles on the riverbank is a great start to the night. The guides were helpful and fun. They fitted us up with our kayaking gear and kayaks and off we went. What a great experience kayaking at night. It was calm, quiet and peaceful. Then into the gorge to see the glow worms. There were so many!! Great trip and would recommend to everyone as a must do in Tauranga.
star-3
Average experience with glow worms
etritcak
, Feb 2020
Overall was less than expected. Sara was outstanding in tough situation/ a motorcycle accident ( his fault) and police situation which canceled trip all in one night. We rescheduled for next night with Luke (long blonde hair from Hamilton). He was a little flip & casual. I didn’t care for his comments. Could be more professional in comments. He was polite and helpful but you could tell he really didn’t care. It would be helpful to have more lighting on kayaks so we could follow better. The wine & cheese was a nice touch. I would have enjoyed Sara more.
star-5
Fabulous
karita
, Feb 2020
Had a fantastic time. Possum, Jack and YaYa we’re knowledgeable and fun. It was an amazing funny experience that we can highly recommend to everyone.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi there ! Thank you so much for your lovely feedback ! Safe travels !
star-4
Worms?
cbryantx
, Feb 2020
The tour guides were the best. Very knowledgeable and that made the trip. Was a bit let down cuz there weren’t actuality any caves and the title of the tour isn’t accurate but they did glow.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Kia Ora ! Thank you for your feedback, and you are right, no glow worm cave in McLaren, but a canyon ! Do you recommend to change the title of the tour for "Glow Arachnocampa Luminosa kayak tour" ? We will think about it !
star-5
Magical experience
Road38160925919
, Dec 2019
The beautiful misty lake had a stunning arrangement of wine and cheese tasting for us after which our amazing guides amile and johno helped us through the mindblowing kayak tour with magical glowworms and their reasons for formation. Definitely a must do when you’re in Tauranga.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hi there! Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad that you enjoyed all the aspects of our tour, the glow worms are certainly a magical sight to see!
star-5
Unique and Fun Tour
Go240254
, Dec 2019
Unique and fun tour, really a must do, all the guides were great, especially Jason, wine and cheese was an unexpected surprise, only about 30 minutes of easy paddaling, anyone could do this tour.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hi there! Thank you for your kind review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the refreshments we provided for you, its definitely a bonus for the tour!
star-5
BEST ACTIVITY EVER!
Dorine F
, Nov 2019
I accidentally booked on a holiday but the owner came personally to honor the booking and I had a solo experience.We had wine and cheese prior and went on a beautiful paddle at sunset and saw amazing glow worms while kayaking in the dark. Amazing.!!. I have had lots of adventure experiences,, this one was top 5 .. i highly recommend this tour.. and others offered from this company.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
HI Dorine! Thank you so much for your glowing review! It's so special to be able to see the glow worms while out on the kayaks and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your trip! All the best for your future adventure experiences!
star-5
Fantastic evening!
connorlaydon
, Oct 2019
Very friendly guides, full of knowledge about the glow worms. Felt very safe kayaking in the dark with them. Wine and cheese made a great addition! Recommended!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hi there! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip! Thank you for your lovely review.
star-3
Average Value
Explore11047560597
, May 2019
Interesting but not as much expected based upon advertisement suggested. However, the guides did good job.

Product code: 5997P3

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