Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour Including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves And BBQ Dinner - Rotorua

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Spend a memorable evening on a kayak tour of Lake Rotoiti with an expert guide. Visit natural hot springs and glowworm caves, and enjoy plenty of time for a relaxing soak, swim, and barbecue dinner. After your meal, paddle into lakeside caves to see glowworms and Koura - crayfish, and take in the sunset as you wrap up your kayak tour.


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  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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After pickup at your hotel in Rotorua, travel about 20 minutes to the kayaking headquarters where your expert guide provides a safety talk and paddle instructions. Once youre ready, grab your gear and head to the launch site at nearby Lake Rotoiti.

Follow your guide as you paddle at a leisurely pace across the picturesque Lake Rotoiti, gliding past holiday homes that dot the lakeshore. Hear the history of the area from your knowledgeable guide, including local Maori legends, and facts about native plant life such as the Pohutukawa, aka New Zealand's version of the Christmas tree.

Within an hour or so, arrive at a lakeside spot that features natural hot springs! The thermal waters feed into several hot pools of varying temperatures. Enjoy more than two hours to relax here, soaking weary muscles in the hot springs and swimming in the lake. Then tuck into a picnic barbecue dinner that might include steak, gourmet sausages, a choice of salads, and a cheesecake dessert.

As evening starts to fall, return to your kayak and paddle to a cave that is accessible only by boat. Inside, take in the surreal beauty of hundreds of glowworms shimmering on the walls around you.

Continue paddling about 25 minutes to a second cave where koura, small freshwater crayfish, are often spotted. Spend about 15 minutes in this cave, then hit the homestretch of your kayak trip with a 20-minute paddle back to the boat launch. Head back to headquarters where you can change into dry clothing. You are returned to your Rotorua hotel after a magical evening on Lake Rotoiti.

Inclusions for Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour Including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves And BBQ Dinner

  • Kiwi BBQ dinner
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Hot pools entrance fees
  • All specialist equipment
  • Full training
  • Use of Kayak rental

Exclusions for Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour Including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves And BBQ Dinner

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Towels can be hired for NZ$2.00 per person

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Not recommended for pregnant women

Not wheelchair accessible

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

Please bring swimwear and a towel

Maximum of 20 people

Minimum age is 5 years

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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7 Traveler Reviews

  • Nice small group activity. It was a relaxing evening.

  • Highly recommend this excursion.
    Initial kayak paddle was slightly difficult against the wind.
    The hot springs were fun and there was opportunity to swim in the lake too..warm!
    Tasty BBQ meal.
    By the time we headed to the cave it was dusk and calm on the water. An amazing experience paddling on a quiet calm lake at night...topped off by seeing the glow worms
    Highly recommend.

  • Be ready for quite a ride around the cave. Our guide was amazing and made a wonderful bbq for us.
    Prepare yourself for the exertion of the event and be in good physical shape ready to take on the lake.
    The day we went out it was a bit choppy but when we got back it was a bit dark and much calmer.

  • The only reason I rated it so low is that we had it scheduled, and they apparently didn't have enough to run the trip. However, we went on the rafting trip from the same vendor, which was great.

  • Amazing day/evening on Lake Rotoiti, really enjoyed the kayaks, hot pools and BBQ. Would high recommend this to others. Note that we went with our 6 year old who loved it.

  • Great fun, good guide and equipment and relaxed BBQ too. Value for money and perfect way to end a day

  • This was an incredible tour. Justin was amazing. Kayaking across the lake, hot springs, the sunset, glow worm caves, and a fantastic barbecue. We had a fantastic time. I recommend this evening tour on the water to everyone. Don't miss this fantastic trip and extremely fun outing.

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