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Address Lake District Adventures, Horahora Road, Piarere, New Zealand View Map



Paddle along the southern edge of Lake Karapiro, over the old submerged Horahora power station that produced electricity for the early Waihi goldfields. Learn the history of 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.

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.

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.

Bookings are essential
Minimum numbers apply
Minimum age is 8 years for glow worm kayak tours
All children under 15 years are to be accompanied by a capable adult
Double kayaks are used on tours (if your group is an odd number, you may be required to share with a person from another group)
Tour group size ranges from 4 – 24 people

Are you seeking a more exclusive and intimate experience?

Check out our Private Twilight Glow Worm Tour – get your own personal guide, upgraded gear, kayak backrests, a platter with local cheeses, chocolates and fruit, and more.

A fantastic way to celebrate a special occasion, or just treat yourself!

For groups of less than 4 people please contact us directly to book.
Approximate tour times

October to November: 5-6pm to 9-10pm.
December to February: 6-6.30pm to 9.30-10.30pm.
March to April: 4-5pm to 8-9pm.

May to September: 3-4pm to 7-8pm.

Individuals: $125 per person (Adults & Children 8-14yrs)
Family Groups: $450 (2 Adults, 2 Children)

Private Tour: $175 per person (Min. 4 people)

Riverside Adventures Twilight Glow Worm Kayak Tour

Lake District Adventures, Horahora Road, Piarere, New Zealand

15km 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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Sanctuary Mountain

30 min

Hamilton Gardens

15 min

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Waitomo Caves

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