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Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner

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Rotorua, New Zealand
Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner

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Safety measures
icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Spend a magical evening kayaking on Lake Rotoiti, where you visit glowworm caves and have plenty of time to soak in natural hot springs before a barbecue picnic dinner. Paddle with an expert guide into lakeside caves only accessed by boat to see glowworms and crayfish, then revel in the sunset reflected on the tranquil waters. Instruction, equipment and round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua are all included.
  • Evening kayaking trip on Lake Rotoiti with visits to hot pools and glowworm caves, from Rotorua
  • Soak in natural hot springs during a visit to the southern lakeshore
  • Feast on a picnic barbecue dinner at the hot pools
  • Stop to see glowworms and crayfish at two caves only accessible by boat
  • Includes all equipment and instruction from an expert guide, no experience necessary
  • Hotel pickup and drop off is provided
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Kiwi BBQ dinner
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
All specialist equipment
Full training
Department of Conservation Fees
Hot Pools Entry
Gratuities
Towels can be hired for NZ$2.00 per person

Departure Point

837 Te Ngae Road, Ōwhata, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand

Hangar 14s, Take the driveway on the left as you come into the airport. Go past the first few hangars and you will see a big raft & kayak on the side of the building and free parking out the front.

Departure Time

3:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After hotel pickup in Rotorua, you’re transferred to the kayaking headquarters for a safety briefing and paddle instructions provided by an experienced guide. From the launch site at nearby Lake Rotoiti, don a life jacket and climb into your kayak to paddle at a leisurely pace across the picturesque lake.

Follow your guide past holiday homes that sprinkle the lakeshore, and learn about regional history, Maori legends, and New Zealand's native flora. About halfway into your kayak excursion, arrive at natural hot springs where you can soak and swim in the pools fed by Lak Rotoiti's thermal waters.

At the hot pools, dig into a barbecue picnic that may include steak, gourmet sausages, a choice of salads and dessert.

After dinner, paddle to several caves that can only be reached by boat. Be mesmerized by the light of glowworms illuminating cavern walls, then continue to a second cave inhabited by koura—small freshwater crayfish. Marvel at the sunset reflected on the water and, as evening turns to dusk, follow your guide back to the boat launch.

Back at the base, you can change into dry clothing before being transported back to your Rotorua hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please bring swimwear, shorts and a towel
  • Maximum of 20 people
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY River Rats Raft Kayak
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner.

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  • "We had to chang the date of our tour because of low demand the day we first selected, but we were able to do it and totally worth it." See review

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star-5
A great experience
Nick
, Mar 2020
We had an amazing day kayaking to the hot pools, delicious dinner, glow worm caves, and night kayaking under the stars. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Great to hear you enjoyed the trip.
star-5
Evening kayak
Hemant_R
, Mar 2020
Absolutely incredible evening which exceeded all expectations would highly recommend to any e who is looking for a unique way to experience Rotorua
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for your review.
star-5
Highly recommend
Beatrice
, Feb 2020
This was really an excellent tour. We were a group of 5 + our motivated guide Ricky. He did a super nice job and everything what was included was fun. I highly recommend this tour. Thanks Ricky for an unforgettable afternoon/ evening 😀👍
star-5
Amazing Sunset!
Seaside46320763155
, Mar 2019
We had to chang the date of our tour because of low demand the day we first selected, but we were able to do it and totally worth it.
star-5
Nice small group activity. It was a...
znorm87
, Feb 2018
Nice small group activity. It was a relaxing evening.
star-5
Highly recommend this...
ewan m
, Feb 2018
Highly recommend this excursion. Initial kayak paddle was slightly difficult against the wind. The hot springs were fun and there was opportunity to swim in the lake too..warm! Tasty BBQ meal. By the time we headed to the cave it was dusk and calm on the water. An amazing experience paddling on a quiet calm lake at night...topped off by seeing the glow worms Highly recommend.
star-5
Be ready for quite a ride around the...
hutoxi a
, Jan 2018
Be ready for quite a ride around the cave. Our guide was amazing and made a wonderful bbq for us. Prepare yourself for the exertion of the event and be in good physical shape ready to take on the lake. The day we went out it was a bit choppy but when we got back it was a bit dark and much calmer.
star-1
The only reason I rated it so low is...
Charles P
, May 2017
The only reason I rated it so low is that we had it scheduled, and they apparently didn't have enough to run the trip. However, we went on the rafting trip from the same vendor, which was great.
star-5
Amazing day/evening on Lake Rotoiti...
Janine C
, Mar 2016
Amazing day/evening on Lake Rotoiti, really enjoyed the kayaks, hot pools and BBQ. Would high recommend this to others. Note that we went with our 6 year old who loved it.
star-5
Great fun, good guide and equipment...
Vicky S
, Feb 2016
Great fun, good guide and equipment and relaxed BBQ too. Value for money and perfect way to end a day

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