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kayak Glow Worm Tours

Just 15 minutes from Cambridge - your next adventure awaits.
Tours begin late afternoon / early evening at Lake District Adventures' base in South Waikato. 

June - August start and finish times approx. 3pm to 7pm
September start and finish times approx. 4pm to 8pm 
October/November start and finish times approx. 5/6pm to 9/10pm

December/January start and finish times approx. 6.30pm to 10.30pm

PRICE: $109 pp
PRIVATE TOUR: $149 pp. Minimum 4 people (please contact us if less than 4 people)

Paddle along the southern edge of Lake Karapiro, over the old submerged Horahora Dam that produced electricity for the early Waihi goldfields. Learn the history of the Horahora village and enjoy the twilight & silence of being on the water as the day draws to an end.

As night arrives over the lake , paddle slowly up the Pokaiwhenua Stream and through the canyon carved out by water over many hundreds of years. Native ferns & trees drape over you, bird life is all around.

When darkness falls we float silently back downstream, being guided by the glow worms on either side sparkling like Christmas lights.
  • To ensure space is available - bookings are essential
  • Minimum numbers apply
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • All children under 15 to be accompanied by a capable adult

NOTE: Lake District Adventures has a zero alcohol & smoking policy on Glow Worm tours.

Glow worm Kayak | Karapiro | Pokaiwhenua | Lake
Glow worm tour kayaking | Lake District Adventures

Stay and Play

Come along an enjoy the spectacular 'Kayak Glowworm Tour' with the benefit of staying where you play! Enjoy the stars after your tour and the amazing view of the lake when you wake in the morning. 

Package includes:

  • 1 night accommodation and a substantial continental breakfast at Lake Edge B'n'B
  • Kayak Glowworm Tour

$349 for 2 people (save $30)

Upgrade to the Ultimate 'Stay and Play'

  • Private Glowworm Tour 
  • Bike Hire and Shuttle on the Waikato River Trail
  • 1 night accommodation and substantial continental breakfast at Lake Edge B'n'B

 $495 for 2 people (save over $50)

Contact us for availability and bookings


Evening temperatures drop as we drift back downstream... so please remember:

  • Bring warm layers of clothing - preferably not cotton
  • NO JEANS - they get very cold when wet
  • We provide overpants, splash jackets & wetshoes
  • We have a changing area & secure storage
  • Cameras are okay for going upstream while it's still light - they are no good after dark as the flash will spoil the viewing of the Glow Worms for yourself and others on the tour.
Fun glow worm kayak tour | Lake Karapiro | Lake District Adventures

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