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Address 116 Finlay Road, Maungatautari, New Zealand View Map



Glowworm Kayak Trip in the Waikato River

Bring the whole family along for an unforgettable kayaking trip! We start from the Epworth camp and kayak our way down a truly beautiful section of the Waikato River to the Pokaiwhenua stream. With stunning twilight lake views, we head under the Pokaiwhenua Bridge and into the glowworm canyon.

Draped with native ferns, the canyon offers a true slice of New Zealand Beauty, and as the light fades away, the unique incandescence of the glowworms starts to shine from the surrounding walls. After a quick glass of some of New Zealand’s finest wines (hot drink for the kids) complemented with some tasty cheeses enjoyed over the warmth of a campfire, it’s back in the boats, as we drift slowly downstream using only the light from the glowworms. Viewing glowworms from a kayak on the surface of the world is a whole different experience from seeing them inside a cave, like at Waitomo.

For the safety of our clients and to ensure you have the best experience out there, we are an Adventure Mark safety audit certified company.

Private Boutique Tour Upgrade: Includes Mulled Wine or Hot Chocolate, S’mores and Cheeseboard.


Start time varies based on Sunset times, ranges from 4:45pm – 7:45pm – 1 hour before Sunset all year.

This trip requires only a moderate level of fitness.
The trip is fully guided by experienced Boatshed Guides
Trip departure times very depending on daylight hours and there is a minimum group size of 6 people so bookings are essential.
There is a maximum group size of 16 and we like to use double sea-kayaks, so if you have an uneven group number you may be put with someone else.


Adult Ages 13+ – $140.00
Child Ages 5-12 – $100.00

Private Boutique Tour Upgrade – Adult Ages 13+ $200.00
Private Boutique Tour Upgrade – Child Ages 5-12 – $120.00

Weather and What to Bring

As this is an outdoor adventure It will pay to bring some nice warm clothing, a waterproof jacket and gloves if you have them (although not essential). NO JEANS.
This tour is weather dependent. We will use the number provided to contact you regarding the weather and to remind you of what to bring.
If the weather looks poor we will give you the option to rebook. We then wait until 10am the following morning to make a final decision on trip departure. If the trip is cancelled, it is simply a case of rebooking to another evening that suits you.


Warm, waterproof jackets will be provided and waterproof pants will be available.
All Kayak Equipment (Kayak, Paddle and Life jacket)


Evening Glowworm Kayak Trip -The Boatshed Kayaks

116 Finlay Road, Maungatautari, New Zealand

12km from Cambridge

Cambridge is close to:
Auckland 1 hr 45 min
Hobbiton 30 min
Hamilton Airport 15 min
Waitomo Caves 50 min
Te Awamutu 25 min
Avantidrome 2 min
Hamilton Gardens 15 min
Raglan 1 hr
Rotorua 1 hr
Tauranga 1 hr
Lake Karapiro 15 min
Sanctuary Mountain 30 min
Te Awa Cycle Trail 2 min
The Boatshed Kayaks 15 min

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