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Address: 36 Taniwha Place | Bethlehem, Tauranga 3172 , New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 7 576 4233
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Description: Waimarino Adventure Park is situated on the banks of the Wairoa River just...
Waimarino Adventure Park is situated on the banks of the Wairoa River just 10 minutes from Tauranga city. This tranquil paradise is based around the sport of kayaking and over the past 35 years, Waimarino has become Tauranga’s premier kayaking & recreation location. Waimarino Adventure Park has New Zealand's only kayak slide, The Blob, kayaks, rock climbing, diving boards, Italian Pedallos and plenty more. Grab your swimwear and visit us for a great day of action & fun.Waimarino Kayak Tours offer a great range of kayak tours in Tauranga & Rotorua region including magical glow-worm experiences, fantastic scenery, lake-edge thermal hot pools, catering and transport.Enjoy light refreshments & NZ wine on the edge of Lake McLaren at sunset, surrounded by the ducks &swans. Glide across the calm waters at twilight, before entering our enchanting glow-worm canyon. Our glow-worm kayak tour is truly unique, and a fantastic ‘must do’ experience while in NZ. This glow-worm kayak tour experience is not available in any other location globally. ONLY in Tauranga!Enjoy our kayak tour on scenic Lake Rotoiti, paddle past pohutakawas, (NZ’s Christmas tree) cascading native bush& abundant birdlife along the lake edge. Classic kiwi holiday homes nestle amongst the cliffs & coves. Enjoy the myths and legends of the Maori people linked to Lake Rototiti, before entering the glow-worm cave. Cross the lake to the Manupirua natural thermal hot-pools to relax and reflect on your exhilarating experiences.Please see our website for more information about our park and kayak tour options.
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scenic kayak on lake rotoiti,viewing glow worms and soak in thermal springs

A great guided tour of the lake,it was raining which was a shame however it added to the adventure experience,very relaxed,not pushed at all to meet timetable,I kayak a little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
BarbL957
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Pialba, Queensland, Australia
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Pialba, Queensland, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

A great guided tour of the lake,it was raining which was a shame however it added to the adventure experience,very relaxed,not pushed at all to meet timetable,I kayak a little myself but i learnt how to better use the oar. Had a great time.

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James M, Marketing Assistant at Waimarino Adventure Park & Kayak Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review and glad to hear you improved your kayaking skills. Look forward to seeing you next time :) Sam More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Visited Waimarino park with family (husband and two kids 9yo and 15 yo) and friends (group age 25-40 yo). We all thoroughly enjoyed the park. The activities that the park offers made us adults feel like kids again :-) Staff were all very accommodating. Will definitely visit again...thank you

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James M, Marketing Assistant at Waimarino Adventure Park & Kayak Tours, responded to this review

We are glad to hear you had a great day at Waimarino Park - and I fully agree that the park is great for kids of all ages! Even the adults :) More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The company is based in Tauranga, but has operations in Rotorua doing kayaking and white water rafting also. We chose to do the evening Kayak tour, which had us kayaking across Lake Rotoiti to a glow worm cave and a thermal hot pool. We met Dan our guide at the nearby cafe for a quick coffee and then followed him... More 

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James M, Marketing Assistant at Waimarino Adventure Park & Kayak Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review of our Scenic Lake McLaren Kayak Tour - very informative! So glad to hear you had a great time and it is definitely one of the highlights in Rotorua :) More 

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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We stopped by this attraction while leaving Mt. Mauganui and heading to Rotorua. Lucky it was 10am cos we got a carpark right outside but I couldn't help but wonder what parking would've been like later on given that we turned off a gravel road and where we parked can only fit maybe 20 cars so I wouldn't enjoy parking... More 

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James M, Marketing Assistant at Waimarino Adventure Park & Kayak Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving Waimarino a review/comment on Tripadvisor. Over the summer season we do get extremely busy days with 450+ customers in the Adventure Park, everyone enjoying the summer heat and awesome activities. And in turn, will have an effect on the customer car park. If drivers park smart then there is ample space, but will spill out onto... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We highly recommend this experience, small place but you won't miss any fun for a whole day stay. Staffs are all friendly. Nice river view, especially relaxing in your kayak whine watching people doing BLOB!

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James M, Marketing Assistant at Waimarino Adventure Park & Kayak Tours, responded to this review

Glad to hear you had a great time at Waimarino Adventure Park. A kayak is certainly a great vantage point for watching the blobbers! Thanks for your review Sam More 

Kauai, Hawaii
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Had a great time on the kayak tour. Witnessed great scenery on the way to the glow worm cave. Had a great time on the island with a sliding board into the lake at the end of a pier and also soaking in some of the hot mineral pools above the beach.

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James M, Marketing Assistant at Waimarino Adventure Park & Kayak Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Happy to hear you had a great Scenic Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour. Sam More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

A relaxing and beautiful tour: wine and nibbles, a little instruction on how to paddle a kayak, and a lovely twilight river (lake?) to enjoy before we reached the glow-worms. The little glow-worms were amazing to see. Service was casual and friendly.

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James M, Marketing Assistant at Waimarino Adventure Park & Kayak Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We are glad you had an enjoyable tour. Yes it is a lake, Lake Mclaren. Thanks Sam More 

Shanghai, China
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Such a shame as the activities that are on offer are great, but due to poor staffing we felt we could not do all the activities. They said they were opening the climbing wall we waited and waited and still waited and asked and asked and asked and still nothing. Thank goodness there was someone there who had been before... More 

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James M, Marketing Assistant at Waimarino Adventure Park & Kayak Tours, responded to this review

Hi Apologies that you did not receive the excellent customer service that we expect our staff to provide. We pride ourselves on our customer service and believe this was an isolated incident. We would very much like to find out which staff members this was so we can ensure this doesn't happen again. If you could get in contact with... More 

San Francisco
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I was so happy with the tour. The guides were very friendly and made sure to assist me a first time kayaker. I am 63 and was a bit worried about being up to the challenge. I did great and the guides were sure to let me know they thought so too. I loved the glow worms cave. The light... More 

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James M, Marketing Assistant at Waimarino Adventure Park & Kayak Tours, responded to this review

So glad to hear you had a great time on our tour. We pride ourselves on assisting those inexperienced kayakers to ensure they have a great time. Thanks for your great review (although I'm sure you meant to hit the 5 star box not the 1 star box :) Sam More 

Papamoa, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

The tour was absolutely amazing! Service was wonderful Shaun our tour guide was just great, very friendly and helpful. I do the the tour was a bit pricey but was a great night

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James M, Marketing Assistant at Waimarino Adventure Park & Kayak Tours, responded to this review

I have passed your comments onto Shaun. We are glad you had an amazing time :) Sam More 

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