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Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour

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The Glow Worm Canyon
The Glow Worm Canyon

Start your Evening Glow Worm tour nestled amongst the trees at Lake McLaren Falls Park. Appreciate fine New Zealand wines and delicious cheeses while watching the sunset over the rolling hills. At dusk our guides will lead you into the calm waters to discover the magic of the enchanting glow worm canyon.

While you can see glow worms elsewhere in New Zealand and you can paddle a sea kayak in many places around the world, this is the only place when the two combine for a magical & truly unique experience.

A narrow, high-sided canyon at the head of the lake is the home to thousands of glow worms. To ensure their luminescence our tour departs once a day before sunset so by the time we get to the glow worm canyon it’s completely dark.

The tour is led by our professional guides providing a fascinating & informative brief about the life cycle and peculiarities of the New Zealand fungus gnat. The tour is suitable for ages 8 and above with no kayaking experience required.

Duration 3.5 hours

  • Warm, comfortable clothing
  • Casual footwear
  • Kayaking Equipment
  • Double Sea Kayaks
  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Refreshments
  • Insect Repellent


Complementary transport is provided to and from Waimarino Adventure Park to the tour launch site. We can provide you with transport from your accommodation for an additional cost of $25pp. (Mount Maunganui & Tauranga central only). This option can be added to your tour upon booking.


This kayak tour can operate in almost all weather conditions. Please read our tour Terms & Conditions & contact Waimarino if in doubt.

Minimum 2 clients required.

Our premium rate applies for all bookings between 26th December – 31st January.

$135 Per Person
$149 Premium*

*the premium rate applies from 26 December to 31 January

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