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Lake McLaren Evening Glowworm Kayaking Adventure

  • 3-hour evening glowworm kayak tour on Lake McLaren
  • Explore Lake McLaren and its river system with a guide
  • Admire panoramic views over the millions of glowworms twinkling in the darkness
Lake McLaren Evening Glowworm Kayaking Adventure
From $53.20
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Single KayakMost Popular
customers will be in single kayaks
Double Kayak
Customers will be in double kayaks. If odd numbers occur then the guide will fill the remaining seat if you don't want to be in a single kayak.
Family Group
This option is for a family group of 2 adults and 2 children. You will be in double kayaks.
Experience one of the North Island's most beautiful natural wonders on this 3-hour Lake McLaren glowworm kayaking adventure. As evening falls and the stars come out, paddle onto serene Lake McLaren and follow a guide along the winding river. Enter the canyon and gaze over the millions of bright green glowworms illuminating the rock face. Then — in the depths of darkness — navigate back to base by the stars and moon. This adventurous kayak trip is suitable for paddlers of all skill levels.
What to Expect
Start your small-group kayaking tour by meeting at McLaren Falls in the evening and follow your guide to the launch site on Lake McLaren. You are fitted into a single or double kayak, depending on the option selected at booking. Get acquainted with your kayak and natural surroundings while you paddle around the tranquil lake. You will be accompanied by a guide whose wealth of experience includes a world record achievement in sea kayaking. 

When evening falls and dusk changes to night, you'll move up the lake and into a river system. As the sky becomes completely dark you will be led into a hidden location where glowworms appear. This special spot offers some of the best glowworm viewing in New Zealand. The evening finishes up with a paddle back down the lake in pitch black — the views of the starry night sky render most kayakers speechless.
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1 - 5 of 15 reviews

Reviewed May 14, 2018
Incredible way to see glowworms

Kayaking to see the glowworms ended up being one of my favorite experiences during out time in New Zealand. It was such a fun and unique was of seeing the glowworms. I loved the small group size (we only had 4 people, but were told...More

Thank Darien H
Reviewed April 10, 2018
The right way to explore glowworms

Yes that's correct. You may get to see them in Waitomo or Te Anau, but to experience this way on your kayak on a peaceful night is so much more memorable. Kopi was so helpful and so energetic although we gave him hard time, as...More

Thank loks07
Reviewed March 7, 2018
Best activity I did in NZ!

I loved our special experience at Lake Mclaren with the nicest young guy in NZ. Tim is a Guinness Book of Records record holder for the longest distance paddled in open ocean in a 24 hour period. He has also circumnavigated both North and South...More

1  Thank Kerry_and_Darren_61
Reviewed February 27, 2018 via mobile
Beautiful and fun

Highly recommend this trip for a fun and informative kayak to see some beautiful glow worms. Tim put us all at ease, making us feel safe and we had so much fun. He was very knowledgeable about the glow worms and night time birds. Really...More

Thank Cloberella
Reviewed February 27, 2018

Very very cool! I'm from Tauranga and have gone up to McLarens Falls many times but haven't experienced anything like this! Very fun and chilled relaxing time in the kayaks - never been on the water at night! and glow worms very cool to see....More

Thank daniellewarren2018
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