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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 as you travel back to what feels like a pre-historic time.

Enjoy the twilight and silence of being on the water as the day draws to an end. As night arrives over the lake, you will paddle slowly up the Pokaiwhenua Stream, through the canyon carved out by water over hundreds of years. Native ferns and trees drape over you, bird life is all around.

When darkness falls we float silently back downstream, being guided by titiwai on either side sparkling like Christmas lights.

Glowworm Kayak Tour

4 Hours

$499 NZD

A stunning evening on Lake Karapiro, you’ll Kayak across calm Lake waters to view stunning Glowworm displays under a canopy of trees & stars.

Experience provided by

Riverside Adventures Waikato

Important Information
  • To ensure space is available for your Waikato Kayak Glowworm tour – bookings are essential
  • Minimum numbers apply
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • All children under 15 to be accompanied by a capable adult
  • Double kayaks are used
  • May – August start and finish times approx. 3/4pm to 7/8pm
  • September start and finish times approx. 4pm to 8pm
  • October/November start and finish times approx. 5/6pm to 9/10pm
  • December – February start and finish times approx. 6/6.30pm to 9.30/10.30pm
  • March/April start and finish times approx. 4/5pm to 8/9pm
  • NOTE: Riverside Adventures Waikato has a zero alcohol & smoking policy on Glowworm tours.


  • The temperature does drop as we drift back downstream on this glow worm kayak tour so we recommend that you bring warm 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, we provide you with overpants, splash jackets and wet shoes.
  • There is a changing area at our base where you can layer up before embarking on the tour. We also have secure storage facilities where you can leave any additional belongings.
  • Glow worms don’t like camera flashes, so please ensure your camera’s flash is turned off after dark.
  • Alcohol or smoking is not permitted.

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