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Waimarino Adventure Park & Kayak Tours

Address: 36 Taniwha Place | Bethlehem, Tauranga 3172 , New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 7 576 4233
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Ranked #9 of 57 Activities in Tauranga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Waimarino Adventure Park is situated on the banks of the Wairoa River just 10 minutes from Tauranga...
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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.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

We took family who were on holiday here from Christchurch to Waimarino Adventure Park for a fun day out. They loved it - lots to do, reasonable cost and great water safety. The 11 year old had a go at everything on the water and enjoyed the climbing wall. Its not just for the kids even the adults got into... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Loved every second. They guide collected and returned me from/to my hotel. Stopped along the way to show off McLaren Falls and gave a little history behind this. A perfect night, quiet, no wind or clouds and a small party of people. It was like entering a giant Xmas tree with lights all around with the glow worms even out... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This was a quality experience. I was driven by my guide from the main complex out to the river where we were going to kayak into the glowworm caverns. First, he set up a table with cheese, wine, juice and fruit. A very nice setup and lovely way to being the adventure. Then it was tog up in a flattering... More 

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

Hi Thanks for your fantastic review and we are thrilled to hear that you had a great time! Thanks Sam More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We went on the night kayak trip and couldn't have been more impressed. The two guides were friendly, funny and knowledgeable on the local area, especially the glow worms. When we couldn't get into the caves due to the power stations creating too much current, the guides turned us around and took us on a hike that was just as... More 

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

Hi We are so glad you had an awesome time. A shame you didn't get a chance to get into the canyon but I would agree that the waterfall walk is spectacular. Thanks for your fantastic review :) Thanks Sam More 

Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The Glow-worm Kayak tour was very good. The sight in the canyon when I first saw the glow-worms I was awestruck. Its an excellent experience. The food and wine was an interesting surprise. The guide was friendly, and so were my fellow kayakers. The kayaks were fine, but the rudder didn't work on one of the kayaks. It wasn't easy... More 

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

Hi Thanks for your review. Glad to hear you loved the glow worms - they certainly are magical. Sam More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Eight of us ages 19-70 did the Waimarino River kayak trip and the evening glow worm kayak trip through this company. For the river kayak, the take you several miles up river to launch you on a beautiful trip down a lazy river. For the evening glow worm trip, they transport you to McClaren lake and launch out at dusk... More 

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

Hi Thanks so much for this fantastic review! It's so nice to read the tours as described by someone else. And great to hear that you had a fantastic time. Hopefully you can come back again :) Sam More 

Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Over priced and Kayaks were dirty and smelly, snacks supposed to be provided... given 2 small snack bars to share between 4 people. Hot pools overcrowded.

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Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Had a great day doing a kayak tour with a stop in the glow worm caves and the thermal pools. Guides were great! I can't wait to come back!

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

Hi Angie So glad you had an awesome kayak tour and we would certainly love to have you back again! Sam More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

I highly recommend this tour to anyone who has an average fitness level or above. The staff are really lovely and lots of fun, they provided snacks and lunch and were patient if people needed a break. The hotsprings and glow worm cave were great but the natural scenery you paddle through was a highlight for me. A must for... More 

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

Hi Thanks so much for your feedback and we are thrilled to hear you had a great time. I agree that the nature in the area is one of the best parts :) Sam More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Spent a day there with a school visit. Really catered well for our group with activities, instructions and equipment. Staff were really good and there was so much to keep all group ages occupied. Would definitely visit there again even with just my family.

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

Hi Tim So glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us at Waimarino and thank you for your feedback. We would certainly love to have you back :) Sam More 

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