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About Paddle Board Rotorua
Paddle Board Rotorua are specialist paddle-boarding tour guides and one of the best activities to do in Rotorua. Owned and operated by passionate water-men, Matt Barnard and Nev Wilson, the company offers friendly yet professional service and deliver amazing guided tours on the Rotorua Lakes.
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Steer a stand-up paddleboard through a spectacular display of glow worms on a twilight tour of Lake Rotorua glow worm caves and rock formations. Paddling Lake Rotorua at dusk means the perfect light to see the glow worms at their sparkling, shining best, and you’ll watch the first stars appear over the lake as you return to shore.
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from $77.15
12 reviews
See the rolling hills and sprawling rainforest of the Rotorua Lakes region from the lakes themselves on this unique paddle-board tour. Paddle around Lake Tikitapu, Lake Tarawera or Lake Okareka – your guide chooses the best lake on the day. See ancient volcanoes, old Māori pa and impressive caves and forests without having to pack for a sweaty multi-day hike. When you get tired on the boards, swim in the lakes or explore the shoreline at your own speed.
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from $58.35
2 reviews
As the sun sets over the Bay of Plenty, take a kayak into the hidden glow worm caves around the Rotorua Caves on this remarkable after-dark tour. Instead of trying to find your own way out to the caves, take a kayak across the lakes with a guide by your side who can help you navigate the tunnels and keep you on course. Marvel at the clusters of glowing bugs and the way they light up these underground rock formations.
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from $129.02
7 reviews
Carpe noctem: seize the evening with this Rotorua tour, where you bounce through a forest in the afternoon, eat dinner in the coalescing twilight, and then paddle across a lake on stand up paddle boards to see some glow worm grottoes. This small group tour is a beautifully immersive experience, whether you’re going through the trees or over the water.
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from $193.86
Active travelers who want to experience a combination of Rotorua’s best attractions will love this kayaking tour. While paddling a kayak around the beautiful shores of Lake Rotoiti, you’ll also get the chance to stop and bathe in natural outdoor hot springs. These are not a commonly known tourist attraction, and don’t get the same crowds as hot springs in central Rotorua. As numbers are limited to six on this tour, you can enjoy a peaceful wilderness-like experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Glow warm stand up paddle board tour was fantastic! Matt was great at telling us lots of information! Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a night time experience on a lake seeing glow worms! Amazing!

Date of experience: September 2019
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MattB6504, Owner at Paddle Board Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi thanks so much for taking the time to review us. Happy travels

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stumbled upon this glow worm tour while trying to find one closer to Rotorua than Waitomo and are very glad that we did. We had a group of seven people, ages 13-50. Only a couple of us had been on a paddleboard before and...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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NevW18, Owner at Paddle Board Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for reviewing us! Glad you had a great experience and stoked to hear we are still providing great service

Reviewed August 2, 2019

Such an awesome experience and a magical way to see glow worms. Surrounded by them in a cave floating on water! What more could you ask for? Matt was an awesome guide and very knowledgable. Thanks for taking me out all on my lonesome! Don't...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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MattB6504, Owner at Paddle Board Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2019

Hi Thanks so much for reviewing us. Your welcome glad you had a great winter experience.

Reviewed July 18, 2019 via mobile

Had an awesome time paddle boarding on the lake and exploring the glow worm caves at night. It was Winter but that didn’t put us off - we were provided with wetsuits, thermals and boots and I was toasty throughout! Matt was an excellent guide...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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NevW18, Owner at Paddle Board Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2019

Hi thanks so much for reviewing us. Glad you had a great time. Your welcome !!

Reviewed May 27, 2019 via mobile

If you haven’t paddle boarded before, this is an easy first...although at this time of year it was quite dark so you need to silence your inner fears...cos it is fun! We had a super still night. Mesmerising glow worms (always) in action and topped...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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MattB6504, Owner at Paddle Board Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2019

Hi thanks so much for taking the time to review us stoked you had a great experience

Reviewed May 20, 2019 via mobile

Amazing experience, so peaceful, brilliant guide and great value for money. Would definitely recommend

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank KateB1645
MattB6504, Owner at Paddle Board Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2019

Hi Kate thanks so much for recommending us. Happy travels

Reviewed May 13, 2019 via mobile

One of the best experiences of our travels. Amazing from start to finish, our guides were brilliant, the location for SUP on the lake was amazing and we saw glow worms, stars came out later and clouds cleared and we lay on our boards in...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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MattB6504, Owner at Paddle Board Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2019

Hey thanks so much for reviewing us - wow stoked to be one of your best experiences. Happy travels

Reviewed May 12, 2019

The twilight paddle board tour was incredible. My girlfriend and I had such a great time. Between seeing the glow worms and the milky way it was so fun and relaxing to be out there. Our guide Jess was awesome. Great comany to have out...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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MattB6504, Owner at Paddle Board Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2019

Hi thanks for reviewing us so cool to hear all of our team members go out of their way to make your experience awesome

Reviewed May 1, 2019

It is actually not in lake rotorua. It will be about 15min drive from i-site of rotorua. I was thinking at first the weather might be too cold, and also was worried since its my first time paddle board i might fall in water. There...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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MattB6504, Owner at Paddle Board Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2019

Thanks so much for this detailed review. Awesome to hear you had a stunning trip. Happy Travels

Reviewed April 25, 2019

Absolutely magical. Cheers Luke for being patient even when I struggled with something as simple as putting on a wet suit. Loved the small group (it was just 4 of us), made the whole experience personal and special. Luke was very knowledgeable and guided us...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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MattB6504, Owner at Paddle Board Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2019

Your welcome ! Thanks for writing such a detailed review, great to hear that you had an awesome experience ... its what we work hard at trying to deliver for all of our customers.

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