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Evening Glowworm Kayak Guided Tour from Tauranga

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Waimarino’s Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour mesmerizes you over the course of 3 hours - with sunsets reflected on the Wairoa river and thousands of luminescent glowworms on the canyon ceilings above your kayaks.


  • Experience the 3-hour evening glow worm guided tour at Waimarino, commencing just before sundown along the Wairoa river.

  • Half the tour involves taking in glorious views, while the other half entails paddling kayaks through the gentle waters.

  • Learn about the marvelous bioluminescent creatures as professional guides lead you into the waters of the Glowworm Canyon.

  • Enjoy a hassle-free, safe journey with refreshments and all equipment necessary for the tour!


  • Guided tour

  • High-quality double sea kayaks and necessary gear

  • Complementary transport to and from Waimarino Adventure Park

  • Safety equipment

  • Highly trained tour guides

  • Refreshments before tour departure

  • Insect repellent

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.


1 review
Andreas Hansen



Nov, 2023

Start your Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour at the Waimarino Adventure Park in Tauranga. Before departure, the guides will provide you with refreshing snacks to maintain your energy levels. These include an assortment of fruit, crackers, dips, and more!

Along the banks of New Zealand’s Wairoa river, the sunset and the surrounding cascading hills create a breathtaking view to kickstart your adventure. From the river, your experienced tour guide will lead you toward the kayaks, which will be used to paddle through the tranquil waters at twilight. The adjoining greenery, the various bird species, and the vast tracts of native bush set the stage for a memorable kayaking experience.

The main event of the tour takes place in the towering canyon crowning the river. This experience is arranged after sundown so that you can view the glowing luminescence of these unique insects clearly in the darkness of the caves. As you kayak inside, you will see thousands of glowworms adorning the canyon ceilings. While you marvel at the bluish glow of the glowworms, the tour guide will impart insights into these fascinating species, their life cycles, and what makes them unique. The 3 hours will fly by you in a jiffy as you watch the star-like creatures overhead and their reflections dance in the water beneath!

Important Information

  • This tour can operate in almost all weather conditions.

  • The tour will operate with a minimum of 2 people.


  • Daily: 7pm
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the attraction.

  • Please arrive at the attraction 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

Ticket Redemption Point

  • Show your ticket at Waimarino Water & Adventure Park.

  • Address: 36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, Tauranga 3172, New Zealand.

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Getting There

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  • If you're driving to the redemption point, take New Zealand State Highway 2 to get there.
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