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Waimarino Adventure Park & Kayak Tours

36 Taniwha Place | Bethlehem, Tauranga 3172 , New Zealand
64 7 576 4233
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Ranked #4 of 49 Activities in Tauranga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Was a excellent tour. Everything from the glass of wine and nibbles, seeing the glow worms to kayaking up the river at night was great. Highly recommended.

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Santa Clarita, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I can't say enough great things about the glow worm kayaking trip! My husband and I were the only ones to book for the night, which made it even more perfect since we're on our honeymoon. Our guide, Dan (if I remember correctly!) was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. He made a couple stops along the way to tell us about... More

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

Well it does sounds like a very memorable night you had with us, and congratulations!! To spend your honey moon in New Zealand would have been great, to top it off with a romantic paddle to the Glow Worm Canyon would have been awesome - The team at Waimarino are really proud to hear you say the things you said... More

Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Last Wednesday, a group of 19 of us from school did a glow worm night kayak at Lake McLaren with Waimarino. What an awesome night we had! Not only were the guides absolutely wonderful ensuring we were safe, well decked out but they were also extremely entertaining. We were fortunate to have done the kayak under the blood moon, which... More

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

Hi Jo, Your feedback for Waimarino was excellent - It was such a good night wasn't it. Great humour along the way, lovely people on the trip and vast amounts of glow worms for us all to admire. Thank you for recommending us to everyone. James Milford (one of the three that were on the trip) More

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The whole experience was fantastic. Our guide James, the Hobbit, was very knowledgeable and he made the tour throughly enjoyable, fun and safe. The snacks at sunset on the waters edge were a lovely touch. The pace was easy going and all the equipment was top quality. Would definitely recommend this to everyone. I nearly missed out on this because... More

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

Great advice there about booking with another person - but if you are traveling solo then it always pays to phone up anyway to see if another tour is going out that night. Hobbit is one of our best guides and is very knowledgeable, glad you enjoyed the experience and if your ever over this way again we'd love to... More

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We chose to do the night-time glow-worm kayak tour with Waimarino and it was one of the best experiences we had in New Zealand. As we were the only ones who had booked the tour that night, our guide took the time to show us some sight-seeing spots over Tauranga. Upon arrival at the tour, we were kitted up with... More

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

Hi Will and Jess - thank you for your true feelings about the tour on the night, it was a great evening wasn't it. I'm glad that I took you down the walking waterfall trail as we saw loads of glow worms up close didn't we. Hope you had a good time around the rest of NZ and hopefully you'll... More

Tauranga, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Good place to bring the family. Great kayaking along the Wairoa river. The staff were really helpful.The boys loved the slide and the blob. We are hoping to go back this summer and experience the glow worm caves.

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

Glad that your boys enjoyed their day here at Waimarino - did they experience everything? I'm sure they did. Our premium Glow Worm Kayak Tour operates every evening all year round and the only day we are closed is Christmas Day. You can book on the day as long as we have three hours notice - would be great to... More

Whakatane, New Zealand
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

There was so much to do here, it was really easy to fill the day in the park. We look forward to our next trip back there this summer. The kids loved the Blob, the UFO and the climbing wall. The hot pool was a nice way to unwind at the end of the day. Great value for money -... More

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

Great advice here...bring a picnic for a lovely lunch in the park whilst your children come and go to re-full with food!! Thank you for the feedback given. More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

A friend and I were offered the opportunity to head out glow worm kayaking. We jumped at the chance even though it's winter & we were expecting to freeze. However the team took great care of us they provided us with all the proper attire & equipment to make a fantastic experience. (Including hot mulled wine prior to get the... More

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

Was a great night wasn't it, thank you for coming along and also for the feedback you've left. The stars lighting up the way back to the vehicle is always one of the highlights talked about from our customers so glad they were out for your guys that night. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We had a wonderful day when we did the kayaking, glow worms cave and hot pools tour on lake Rotoiti two weeks ago. Thanks to our guide Dan we had a perfect and well organised day. The hot water pools were really relaxing after the exciting kayak tour - what a perfect combination! Would recommend it to everyone who loves... More

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

The hot pools are awesome aren't they after the kayaking phase of the trip and even though the weather might not be as hot this time of the year for the kayaking it certainly feels better when your soaking and relaxing. Thanks for your time to give us some feedback. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was such a great experience where we got to see lots of cool and beautiful things during a really fun and exciting kayak tour. Had a very cool and friendly guide with us that made the whole tour even more fun! Was a bit windy the day we went, but that just made it even more nice to get... More

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

Awesome feedback for our Scenic Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour in Rotorua. Really pleased that the wind didn't effect you guys too much and that the tour could still go ahead. The hot pools are the best part aye as after that time spent paddling its a great reward to soak up some thermal water afterwards. Thank you!! More

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