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Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Rotorua Glow Worm Kayaking Tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • On your way, admire the Rotorua countryside as the sun sets
  • No claustrophobic crowds on each one of these small-group tours
  • Get picked up from central Rotorua or from your accommodation in town
  • Children under 13 can join this tour at a discounted price
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Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
All equipment
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Boyes Beach, 73 Millar Road, Bay of Plenty 3076, New Zealand

Boyes Beach is a public reserve located opposite 73 Millar Road Lake Okareka, Rotorua. Please note we are not permanently at our base, which is on private property; base access is available only at the time of tour.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • What to bring:
  • For kayaking in summer months (Dec, Jan, February) we recommend wearing swim wear with thermal leggings/gym type leggings and a thermal top layer, fleece jersey and light jacket. For Kayaking outside of summer (March-November) please wear swim wear, thermal leggings/gym type leggings and a thermal top layer with a minimum of three upper layers which are preferably fleece or wool. Please also bring a woolen beanie and woolen gloves. If it looks like rain a rain jacket also. Water shoes are recommended, but are provided free of charge if needed.
  • Towel and warm clothes to get changed into after the tour.
  • A sense of fun and adventure.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paddle Board Rotorua
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.

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Magical tour
, Mar 2020
We had a wonderful amazing night on this tour. Jesse was our guide. She guided us to 5 caves to see glowworm. Paddling under the stars filled sky on the dark calmed lake was so peaceful and beautiful. The luckiest thing was watching the stars train- SpaceX starlink satellite train! That was a rare sighting! The whole tour was magical. Thanks Jesse!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Cathy thanks so much for reviewing this tour. So glad you had an amazing night. Happy travels

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