Glow Worm Tour on Lake Rotoiti
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  • Sport level
  • Spoken languages
    German, French, English
  • Duration
    4 hrs
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Uncover the secrets of Lake Rotoiti on this paddle adventure to the iconic blue cave.

A distinct natural landmark in a constant state of change, Lake Rotoiti showcases New Zealand’s unique biodiversity – housing one of the world's rarest forms of bioluminescence just metres from steaming geothermal pools. A mecca for modern scientific research and historical context alike, learn more about Rotorua’s fiery past and fantastic present on this kayak tour to the Rotoiti glow worm cave and hot springs.

This activity takes place on Lake Rotoiti in Rotorua. Home to the Manupirua Thermal Springs & glow worm cave, Lake Rotoiti is only 20 minutes’ drive from the Rotorua city centre and borders Nelson Lakes National Park.

Meet your guide at the activity base for this kayak tour of Lake Rotoiti. A two-in-one experience that combines the magical wonders of the bioluminescent glow worm cave with the relaxing thermal springs of Manupirua, make the most of your time in Rotorua with this scenic tour. Run & operated by a knowledgeable guide, this excursion is great for nature lovers and curious adventurers alike –learning more about the lake’s unique geology and cultural significance. Start with a transfer to the banks of Lake Rotoiti and a short safety briefing before you hit the water and start exploring. Following your guide, cruise past cascading native bush and discover secret cliffs and coves – parting the dense undergrowth to enter the infamous blue cave. From inside, the ceiling lights up like the night’s sky and twinkles in a unique constellation of luminous blue. After travelling through the darkened cave, re-emerge onto the lake and moor up, relaxing in the natural thermal hot pools as you reflect on the experience. Later, your return transport will arrive to take you back to Rotorua where your adventure will end.

Suitable for total beginners and children from 8 years and up, this kayaking excursion uses two-seater kayaks with spray decks. Entry to the hot pools is included.

minimum 8 y/o
Cancellation policy: 
moderate1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made
Activity requirements

Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Special terms

Please note this activity operates with a two-person minimum per tour

  • Kayak Rental & Guide
  • Hot Pools Entry
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off $30p.p
Do not forget to bring
Do not forget to bring
  • Closed Toe Shoes
  • Comfortable Clothing
  • GoPro/Camera
  • Swimwear/Towel
Meeting point
Okere Falls Store, 757A State Highway 33, Okere Falls 3074, New Zealand Get directions
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