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The name Waimarino comes from the Maori words ‘Wai’ meaning water or stream and ‘Marino’ meaning calm or still.

Waimarino Kayak Tours is part of the Waimarino Group, which was established in 1975 by Barry and Barbara Anderson. Through passion, commitment and a contagious love for kayaking, Waimarino Group has grown to provide a range of kayaking and water sport experiences, as well as education programs for the local community. Waimarino Group is now owned by Blair Anderson, whose vision is for Waimarino Kayak Tours to become New Zealand’s premier adventure kayaking resort.

Based in both Tauranga and Rotorua, Waimarino Kayak Tours showcases some of the best waterways in the Bay of Plenty. Our most popular tour takes place on the serene Lake McLaren, where our clients experience an evening at one of the most enchanting glow worm canyons. We also provide kayaking tours on the Wairoa River, as well as a glow worm and hot pool tour on the beautiful lake Rotoiti.

We are proud to provide a unique outdoors experience that allows our clients to have fun, develop their confidence and enjoy the stunning Bay of Plenty scenery. While we get to enjoy these wonders every day, it is a pleasure to be able to share them with both our domestic and international clients and give them an experience they will truly never forget.

Kaitiakitanga

Our surrounding land, water and air are special to the Maori culture, and the use and management of them must be carried out with care and respect.

Kaitiakitanga is a Maori term for spiritual and physical guardianship of our natural world. The root word from this term is tiaki which means "look after".  It is part of the wider Maori belief system, which begins with Ranginui the Sky Father, and Papatūānuku the Earth Mother. From here, many Maori myths and legends were derived around the Raninui and Papatuanuku’s many children.  These myths and ledges are what have taught generations upon generations of our tangata whenua (people of the land) to care, respect and treasure our environment.

At Waimarino, preserving and protecting our natural environment is a significant part of our core values. Both our staff and clients have a role to play in ensuring our surrounding land, rivers and lakes will still be thriving in years to come for future generations to enjoy.

New Zealand is known for its beautiful environment, and Waimarino’s sense of guardianship will continue to be at the heart of our operations for many years to come.

Manaakitanga

For the Maori people of New Zealand, showing kindness and hospitality is of high importance.  Manaakitanga can be translated into hospitality- treating others with respect and care. It is a common theme throughout New Zealand to make guests to our country feel welcomed, no matter where people are from.

We believe that the spirit of manaakitanga is what makes New Zealand special, as our guests are made to feel welcome and cared for. Our guests leave us with memories of hospitality and generosity. These values are essential to us at Waimarino, and we ensure that as a host of a unique New Zealand experience we practice manaakitanga with each and every guest.

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