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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 46 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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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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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
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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

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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

The kayaking and thermal hot pools tours was a great experience. After we initially got our tour days wrong the company very kindly allowed us to take the tour the following day. The tour was just myself my partner and our funny guide Dan. It was an amazing experience kayaking across Lake Rotoiti to the Thermal hot pools on the... More

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

Pleased that we could make those changes for you to allow you the time on the lake. Glad you enjoyed the experience and yes like you said Dan is a very charismatic person with more than a few jokes to tell along the way. Great advice about the cave also - appreciate your thoughts and hope to see you on... More

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

What a night! The Glow Worm Kayak Tour was even better than I could have imagined. Everyone was so accommodating. Our tour guide had everything taken care of. He had a great attitude and excellent customer service. Waimarino even accommodated our camper van at no extra charge. The trip was relaxed and the wine was tasty. With so much to... More

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

Wow, I'm very pleased to hear that you did end up going on one of our tours. Like you said there are many amazing things to do here in New Zealand and our Glow Worm Kayak Tour reaches all expectations. For many...our tour is a highlight of their trip to NZ. Thanks for coming along with us. I can most... More

Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day at Waimarino. The kids loved swimming in the river, whether it was from the water trampoline, blob, kayak slide or tarzan swing! The warm pool and slippery slide were perfect for the little ones and when it got too cold to swim, there was the rock climbing wall. Staff were fantastic and always happy... More

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

The park offers many different forms of getting active doesn't it - thank you for your time to leave us feedback and hope to see you again down here some time!! More

Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We B&B Association of Rotorua hosts went out to check out the Glow Worm Kayak Tour on Lake Rotoiti so that we could experience it first hand as we have many guests that had acquired about this Kayak experience. Will definitely recommend Waimarino to our guests especially for those seeking a relaxing and scenic lake tour to see the glow-worms,... More

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

Dan is one of our most experienced guides in Rotorua and he is a very knowledgeable character isn't he - I'm sure he told you a few tales on your Waimarino Adventure. We're always happy to offer familiarization trips to accommodation providers as the best way to talk about our tours is to have actually experienced it first hand. Hope... More

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