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Tauranga: Big Kanu Evening Glow Worm Tour

Enjoy New Zealand fine wine and cheese while enjoying a magical sunset before kayaking to an enchanting glow worm canyon at Twilight in Tauranga.
Tauranga: Big Kanu Evening Glow Worm Tour


  • 2 hour BIG Kanu tour

  • All Kanu and safety equipment

  • See the beautiful glowworms

  • Experienced guides

  • Spot the fantastic bird life

  • 25 minute drive from Tauranga’s CBD

Join this evening glowworm kayak tour from Tauranga to enjoy a magical sunset and twilight kayaking tour to an enchanting glowworm canyon lit up by the luminescence of the glowing creatures. This three-hour tour begins with delicious New Zealand fine wine and cheese as the sun sets over the rolling hills of Lake McLaren Falls Park.

At dusk, you'll be led by expert guides on a gentle kayak to a glowworm canyon as day turns to night. Lit up by the glow of the worms, this peaceful kayaking tour will give you a close look at the fascinating creatures in a darkened cave. Learn interesting facts about glow worms and their life cycle as you paddle through the caves. This three-hour evening glowworm kayak tour involves 1.5 hours of paddle time and no experience is necessary.

Experience the magic of Tauranga's glowworm canyons. Book this tour online here.

More info


  • Evening Kanu tour
  • Glowworm viewing
  • Wildlife spotting
  • One cultural guide and one safety guide
  • All safety equipment
  • Kanu equipment


  • Experience the beautiful scenery, birdlife and awesome glowworms from your seat in the Big Kanu
  • Paddle on your kayak into the night and discover the magic of the enchanting glow worm canyon
  • Hear a fascinating & informative brief about the life cycle and peculiarities of the New Zealand glowworms
  • This tour departs once a day before sunset to admire the luminescent glow in full darkness
  • Launch the Big Kanu from the lakes edge and paddle together through the calm waters towards the head of the lake
  • View glowworms in the high-sided canyon at the top of the lake


  • Departure time is between 4pm and 8pm. Departure times vary depending on the season


  • Please allow for 2 hours for the total tour duration
  • 1.5 hours paddle

Departure Location

140 McLaren Falls Road, Omanawa, 3171, New Zealand, look for our flag that marks our meeting location, just after McLaren Falls Bridge.

What To Bring

  • Warm comfortable clothing
  • Casual footwear

Additional Information

  • Four person minimum for all kayak tours to operate
  • Waimarino reserves the right to cancel the tour on the day, due to weather or any safety concerns. If this is done, the tour will be postponed or a full refund will be made
  • The tour is suitable for all ages with no previous experience required

Cancellation Policy

  • You MUST CALL the operator before proceeding with cancelling this booking. 100% cancellation fee applies within 48hrs of tour date
  • If the client fails to arrive at check-in for the tour, the full payment of the tour will be charged

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

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Age Groups

Preschool (3-5)
Primary school (6-8)
Middle school (9-11)
Young teens (12-14)
Teens (15-17)
Students (18+)

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