Lake Karapiro Twilight Kayak Glow Worm Tour

Experience the magic of paddling alongside New Zealand's iconic glow worms at twilight on this guided kayaking adventure
Waitomo, New Zealand
4 Hours
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Start & End Location
Start & End Location

What's Included

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us

  • 4-hour guided kayak adventure to explore Lake Karapiro & Pokaiwhenua Canyon

  • Witness New Zealand glow worms sparkling along the canyon walls

  • Passionate local guide teaching you the history of the region

  • All kayaking & safety equipment, including double kayaks, life jackets, dry bags, overpants. etc.

What to Expect

Starting late afternoon or early evening, bask in spectacular sights you can only experience by kayak. Enjoy a leisurely 4-hour kayak adventure through the Pokaiwhenua Canyon and, when darkness falls, be guided by the magical titiwai - New Zealand glow worms - on either side of you!


Join your experienced guide as you start your 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 and peaceful silence of being on the water as the day gives way to night.


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, and you will be surrounded by birdlife all around.


When darkness falls, you will float silently back downstream, being guided by the glow worms on either side. It is a truly magical sight that you won't soon forget. 


To ensure space is available on this popular tour - advanced bookings are essential!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • We recommend that you bring layers of clothing, preferably merino. We do not recommend wearing jeans as they get very cold when wet.

  • To make your experience as comfortable as possible, you are provided with overpants, splash jackets & wet shoes

  • There is a changing area at the base where you can layer up before embarking on the guided kayak tour. There are also secure storage facilities where you can leave any additional belongings

  • 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 & others on the tour
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No, you don't. These kayaks are very easy to use for all skill levels. You also get a basic tutorial before you get out on the water.

However, you will need to have a moderate level of fitness for your own personal comfort and enjoyment.

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These kayak tours are held in calm waters and you are provided with a Personal Floatation Device (life jacket) so there is no requirement to be able to swim.

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If weather conditions are adverse and The Supplier needs to reschedule your tour, they will work with you to arrange a new date that suits. The Supplier takes rain, wind, temperature, lake levels and river flow into consideration before making any decision to postpone.

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Depending on the start time of the tour, we would recommend having something to eat prior to your tour (especially in summer), as it can be late when you finish and your options in our area are very limited.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Minimum numbers apply for tours to operate

  • Minimum age is 8 years

  • All children under 15 years are to be accompanied by a capable adult

  • Alcohol or smoking is not permitted

  • Glow worms don’t like camera flashes, so please ensure your camera’s flash is turned off after dark

  • Double kayaks are used on tours (if your group is an odd number, you may be required to share with a person from another group)

Cancellation Policy:

  • Early cancellation of more than seven days before tour/hire gains a full refund

  • Cancellations within 7 days of the hire/tour will be refunded 80% of the payment made & 20% will be kept as credit towards the next adventure within 6 months

  • No refund within 48 hours of hire/tour

  • If cancelled within 48 hours - 50% of your booking payment can be credited towards a future hire/tour

  • If cancellation is due to a Covid-19 lockdown, a full refund will be issued where rescheduling is not possible

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