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Waimarino Adventure Park & Kayak Tours

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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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Great activities but Very Poor Service

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Shanghai, China
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Shanghai, China
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

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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Papamoa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

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 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We thought we would try Waimarino out, and treat the kids and had a blast. Our youngest 23 months went in the kayak with his dad and loved it , he had his own lifejacket. Our daughter 7 years old was able to try out all the activities and just loved it. It is a little pricey but well worth... More 

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

Meat for the BBQ is a great idea! Sounds like you had a great day and we are so glad that your kids were able to join in on the fun. Thanks for the great review Sam More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Staff were a bit rude and pre occupied with having a casual chat and failed to tell us any rules or give us any kind of briefing on how to kayak. Just gave us a kayak, told us what way we can go and then left. The scenery was beautiful though and the activities are great fun. Lucky there were... More 

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

Hi My apologies that the service during your time in Waimarino was not up to standard. I have passed your review on to our staffing manager and he as assured me that all staff members will be spoken to about customer service. Other than this it sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for your review. Sam More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We recently hosted a birthday party for my son at Waimarino. What a super fun day for all! Kids had an absolute ball. Great family atmosphere.

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

Thanks for your review! Waimarino certainly is a fabulous place for a kids birthday. Glad the kids had so much fun. Sam More 

Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Just magical! From the beginning to the end, staff are very accommodating, wine and nibbles a perfect start. Would highly recommend to all.

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

Sounds like you had a great evening on your glow worm tour. Thanks for the excellent review Sam More 

The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Staff was very congenial and helpful. Made sure everybody were safely prepared for our trek. Our guide was great and we had a good time. He was reassuring to several in our group who wanted to see the glo worms but had claustrophobia. The cave was tight but he helped each kayak in and out of the cave so we... More 

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

Thanks for your great review. We do our best to ensure that all customers have an enjoyable time, including those with fears - so glad to hear that it all went well for your group. Thanks Sam More 

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Very informative and fun night kayak to see glow worms which were spectacular along with the fantastic night sky. Would recommend this trip to all ages and fitness

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

Thanks for you great review :) Sounds like you had a brilliant night Thanks Sam More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I took the evening kayak tour to view the glow worms. They were glowing brightly and it was lovely to behold, especially as the night sky was also shining brightly. Being in the canyon was like being completely enveloped in stars.the tour was efficiently run, the guides were cheerful and pleasant, the snacks and wine were of good quality. I... More 

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

My apologies that your tour did not meet your full expectations. I have spoken to all guides about ensuring that guests are given some instruction on the best way to paddle and also found some more cultural information for them to enhance the tours for the future. Other than that it sounds like you had a great night. Thanks for... More 

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