Adventurous travelers will love this glowworm-spotting tour with a difference. As the sun gets lower in the sky, paddle in a kayak on Lake Karapiro and along the Pokaiwhenua Stream. You’ll see beautiful native plants and bird life, and rock formations that have been naturally carved over centuries. Once the light disappears, you’ll see thousands of glowworms lighting your way. This tour is a fun way to experience some of New Zealand’s best natural attractions.
Kayaks, safety gear, and appropriate clothing are provided
An ideal tour for active travelers who love the outdoors
This late afternoon/evening tour can be done after the day’s activities
A fun activity for families and friends traveling together
Kayak, PFD, Splash Pants/Jackets, Wetshoes
Meeting And Pickup
396 Horahora Road
396 Horahora Road, Waikato 3484, New Zealand
This activity ends back at the meeting point.
What To Expect
Riverside Adventures Waikato
3 hours • Admission Ticket Free
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Service animals allowed
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 Riverside Adventures Waikato
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.
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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Andrea_T, Aug 2023
A beautiful afternoon on the Waikato and Po Kai Whenua rivers, safely guided by Daniel. Loved seeing the glow worms along the river, the evening was a little cold at 4 degrees but the extra layers provided by Riverside Adventures made it cosy. I would love the recipe for that drink you provided, it was yum.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Thanks so much for coming along. Flick us an email and we'll let you know the 'secret' ingredients. :)
Chris_G, Jun 2023
Great trip, gorgeous views of the lake and then the canyon with the glowworms after sunset. The guides were knowledgeable and entertaining as well as safety oriented. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thanks very much for your review
Better than Waitomo!!
Judy_D, Apr 2023
Absolutely glorious!!!!!!!!! We kayaked upstream for awhile and waited until dark to float back. Perfect conditions! There were thousands of glowworms tucked in among the banks of the river. BETTER than Waitomao!! It was beautiful to look at the night skies with stars visible without city lights around. Our guide was so informative about the history of the river and the stars! I have a bad hip and knee and they were so helpful getting me in/out of the kayak.
I put this experience right up there with the top I have ever had in extensive travels!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
This is amazing to hear!! Thanks for coming along. Glad you loved the experience!!
MeredythLacy, Dec 2022
Awesome tour! We had a fantastic time and would highly recommend this experience. Moderate level of physical exertion required.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thanks for.coming along. Glad you enjoyed the tour
The best was when we all...
Pinky_K, Apr 2022
The best was when we all went through the caves , so silent and dark and just the glow worms.
They were so pretty and perfect.
It was well planned and timed. A very amazing experience.
The Raro juice was soooooo good.
Kaleb knew his things well, it was also fun and friendly.
Thank you for the awesome experience.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hi Pinky, thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad you had a great time here with us!