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Waimarino Adventure Park
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Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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“great day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

We did this as a tour from the Dawn Princess...the best day.we enjoyed every bit of it....paddling across the lake,the relaxing soak in the pools and look at the glowworms .

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“Really Great Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

From the beginning of the tour when we pulled up at the park and enjoyed some cheese and wine by sunset to the glow worm cave itself and then kayaking up to the bank at the end of the tour, it was all amazing! Our guide Drew was very knowledgeable and enjoyable to be with. Would definitely recommend this experience to everyone!

Visited February 2013
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Wellington Point
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“Great kayaking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

This is a great experience for new & experienced kayakers as Lake Rotoiti has a lot to offer. There were 3 of us (plus the guide) so we had 2 doubles which made paddling easy. It felt pretty special going into the little cave with the glow worms. And soaking in the hot pools was a great way to break the journey. We were staying at Rotorua so our meeting point to meet our guide was about 15 minutes from town at a nice cafe. We then followed him to the lake and got going from there. The guide will pace the paddle to suit your experience and vigor. Great fun.

Visited February 2013
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Toowoomba, Australia
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“Good Day Out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

I really enjoyed the scenery and knowledge of the day. If you haven't kayaked before here is what you can expect: it is EASY to do and the guys are really helpful BUT you will get sore arms, you will feel like just taking a break, and you might wish for it to be easier. It is a unique and enjoyable way to see this part of New Zealand without the crazy stench of Rotorua - just a little stinky.

Visited February 2013
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“Awesome Family Day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

We had a fantastic family day! One of the kids described it as the best day of his life and with the encouragement of us all (peer pressure!) he did things he never thought he would ever do! The staff were awesome and by the end of day knew all our names. We went via an online deal which was excellent value and will definitely be going back and bring more friends and family....thanks so much for a great day Waimarino!!!

Visited January 2013
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