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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 #5 of 47 Activities in Tauranga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Perth, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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Tauranga, New Zealand
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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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Whakatane, New Zealand
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6 attraction reviews
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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
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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
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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

Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Made a last minute call to Waimarino Adventure park and had a chat with a lovely Charlotte who immediately organized a tour for us coming day. Really couldn't have turned out better. Our group of four had an amazing time with Dan, who is very relaxed, funny and excellent at making the tour suit everyone. The thermal hot pools are... More

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

Waimarino pride ourselves on our all round experience from the moment you book through to our tour and saying goodbye at the end. Glad Charlotte could organize a last minute tour for you guys and that Dan was able to make it happen. Hopefully you enjoyed the rest of your experiences around NZ. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

i did the lake and hotpools and glow worm tour in rotorua about a month ago and had the best time with my girlfriend, the guide was helpful, professional and entertaining. the pools were nice and secluded overlooking the lake and only accessible by boat. the cave was small but we go to see the glow worms which was awesome... More

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

Pretty cool tour huh. Appreciate the comments left, and glad you enjoyed the whole experience on the lake. More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Our initial thought of the Kayak tour was o no what have we got ourself into . At first our thoughts of Dan where he may of got out of bed on the wrong side . Dan was patient and reasuring with my daughter as she was nervous when we entered the glow worm caves .Dan had lots of great... More

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

Glad Dan redeemed himself with his stories and jokes, thanks for choosing our Scenic Lake Rotoiti Tour and hope you come back soon to experience one of our other kayak tours! More

Tulsa OK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I went on a different glowworm tour offered by Waimarino. It left from their office in Tauranga and was on Lake McLaren, about 25 mins from the office. It was just a small group of us (3), along with Dan from the office. There was no hot spring pools on this trip. But as described, cheese and crackers were offered... More

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

Thanks for your detailed feedback on our Evening Glow Worm Tour in Tauranga - glad you had a good time with us. You might not be keen to do the same tour but we have another in Rotorua which might be up your ally. More kayaking involved in this one though and a nice relax in the hot pools. Just... More

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