I went on a kayak fishing trip with canoe and kayak Bay of Plenty.
The trip started by meeting at their base at 0750. They were very helpful and flexible about meeting times and venues. Transport to the kayaking location was provided. The guide (Dan) gave an excellent and comprehensive briefing and gave very good instruction on kayaking and fishing. Despite being a novice at both kayaking and fishing plenty of fish were caught. Dan gutted the fish so that they were ready for me to cook when I got back home. The trip was hugely enjoyable. Not only did I see lots of local wildlife (stingrays and penguins) and landmarks, I also learnt a huge amount about kayaking and fishing and got plenty of fish in the process. The trip was easily the best one that I have done whilst in New Zealand and I would recommend it to anyone.
Was awesome!! Thanks Dan. Kayaking in the dawn and seeing glowworms and other animals was amazing. I can recommend to everybody.
Thanks heaps Dan for a great experience kayaking at Mc Claren Falls. I was a first time kayaker and you were fun as well as feeling perfectly safe. Because is was a perfect night, weather wise, it was majical.
I would recommend to others!
TOTALLY AWESOME Glow worms were fantastic. Guides Kate and Time were fantastic. Whole family had a great night. Grandson (8yrs) wants to know when he can do it again. 3 generations of our family enjoyed it and we would all recommend it to others. The totally magical NZ experience that should not be missed. Thanks again for a fantastic evening. Barbara, Lee & family
We had the best time, Dan was a fantastic guide. The glow worms were spectacular. No experience necessary for kayaking! We would recommend this to anyone travelling to the Bay of Plenty. Value for money with pick up/drop off facilities and a nice hot cup of milo and chocolate at the end!!!
An excellent evening spent at McLaren Falls on the glow worm tour. Estelle, Dave and their team were faultless. Great company and bags of enthusiasm. The glow worms were awesome too! Would definitely recommend this trip to others.
I would say this trip was in the Top 3 of our whole trip. Estelle & Dan were awesome! The glow worm experience was surreal. What a peaceful, enjoyable, and educational journey! AND they sent us pictures! Thank you so much!
glowworms absolutely amazing,great tour, made to feel more like a friend than a paying customer. very professional. highly recommended
I took my NZ born Australian granddaughter aged 15 and we were both blown away by the whole experience. It was fabulous and a great time was had by both of us.
Great night out. Special thanks to guide Bobby (from Canada I think) Will do it again to a special part of NZ
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Fantastic experience, Steve (our guide) was very knowledgeable about the whole area. Would recommend for everyone in the area to do. It made our trip. Mike and Sharon from Ireland
BLODDY FANTASTIC!!!! 10/10. Dont look anywhere else, go with Canoe and Kayak. This tour is a must do when visiting the BOP. Steve (Head Guide) and Bobby (2nd Guide) are absolutely the guides you want taking you out on this tour. Their knowledge and personalities shine through and make people of all ages and from all walks of life feel at ease. They do all the work, you just sit back and enjoy your tour with laughter and knowledge thrown in for the paddle down to the glow worms and when you get back, there is delicious hot chocolate and a bikkie waiting for you. Its so enjoyable, we are DEFINETLY booking them for another tour, ocean kayaking this time.
We looked at their competitors before booking and chose to go with Canoe and Kayak because we found them to be way more personable, cheaper, steve takes free photographs for you to download, he takes care of your valuables for you and is very informative. WELL DONE to the team at Canoe and Kayak!
Did you know that the competitors charge more for their tour, charge the clients extra for photos and offer you alcohol before your paddle? Hmmmm not good!
Very professional and interesting guide. Everything is provided! Spectacular and relaxing journey. Overall, a fantastic and value-for-money experience.
If you want to do this experience, I really recommend going with these guys.
They were much cheaper than the other companies $75 in comparison to $120.
They thought of everything we would need insect repellant, jackets, storing important items, hot chocolate for afterwards, they even take photo's for you and email them to you at no extra charge.
Both the guys taking us were really friendly, chilled out and knowledgeable about glow worms.
The experience is relaxing, and takes you through really beautiful scenery. If you have already seen glow worms in New Zealand before the cave has about the same amount as other sites I have been to, but I still thought the it was all a worth while experience and overall a great night out.
we did this on boxing day and it was a great way to end the night. steve was friendly and informative and seeing the glowworms was ace!
A wonderful way to spend the evening. Steve, the guide, was brilliant. He was warm and friendly, has a great sense of humour and taught us lots about the lake, the glow worms and even the stars! Refreshingly, he and his wife will also send you photos for free rather than charging you $35 for the pleasure.
It was great experience with a super guide. Steve was wonderful for the young and old alike, very patient, knowledgeable, with a great sense of humor. Thank you for an unforgettable tour of the glow worms.
Great experience, Great service, Great all round. and a perfect finish with a Milo and a chocolate
Beautiful McLaren Falls Reserve has some gloworms around a canyon you can kayak into - you start your kayak at twilight, which is beautiful, and get to see gloworms without crowds, + get a mysterious nighttime paddle back listening to birds. Steve was really nice and helpful, he even provided free digital photos via an email after the tour. Can highly recommend this tour! (is also the cheapest of the kind in the area)
What a wonderful evening. Great fun in the double kayaks, loved the tanquillity, the glowworms were magical, and Steve's knowledge was amazing! Great experience, and ended perfectly with a hot milo and choclate! Will be doing this one again.
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Thanks for a great trip. We went on the Glowworm canyon kayak tour. Great way to spend an evening and learn a lot about the glowworms. The glowworms themselves put on a great show as well! We definitely recommend this tour.
It was a magical experience on the Glow Worm Canyon Kayak Tour. Saw scores of glow worms by the sides of the canyon, stars twinkling above a lovely starry night and reflecting in the lake waters. Steve was a wonderful guide who took very good care of us, ensuring the entire trip was interesting, safe, warm and enjoyable, making my first time kayaking experience extremely enjoyable. Hot drink and chocolate made it an excellent roundup at the end of the trip. Would love to go again and definitely one of the highlights during my NZ holiday.
Great fun, kids loved it. suited our 7 and 4 year olds perfectly. Guide was a great bloke and kowledgeable on glow-worms and more importantly kayaking.
Great value compared to other operators we checked out.
Went kayaking to see the glow worms. Absolutely one of my top 3 favorite experiences in New Zealand! The tour guide was very friendly and knowlegeble and the whole experience was amaizing, suggest to anyone.
My husband and I had a fantastic time with Steve checking out the glow worms this weekend. The preparations and launch into the water were easy and streamlined, we didn't even have to get wet. The kayaking itself was absolutely enchanting as the light dimmed and the glow worms came out to shine. We will highly recommend this team and the glow worm trip to everyone we know!
November 2009, me & my dad went on a kayaking trip to the Glow worm Canyon on Lake McLaren. When we were on the lake, the tour guide told us all to steer clear of the rocks, but we bumped into the canyon a few times! My dad had to push us backwards. We could see trout in the water, swimming past us, the water wasn't very deep. When we go to the canyon, the sides were quite straight, with trees overhanging. The right side didn't have a lot of glow worms, but the left side was almost covered in them, blinking on & off. It was very cool to see. When we got back to the car, they gave us all very hot chocolate, which was too hot for me to finish, but it was good. I definitely want to do it again.
We wnet on the Glow Worm tour with Steve on 18th June 2010.
Our 8 year old Daughter had never kayaked before and loved it.
Our 11 year old son had done some kayaking at a School Camp earlier in the year and loved been back on the water.
We all had a fantastic time and learned heaps about Glow Worms and the Power Station from Steve.
The Hot Chocolate and Chocolates at the end of the tour as well as the photo's was a lovely touch.
Would recommend this tour to anyone.
We hope to do it again one day.
The tour itself was amazing. It turned out to be just me and my boyfriend, and Steve kept us entertained the entire time with conversation and interesting facts about the area, glow worms, and stars. I was very happy with my tour and will book again through this company! Highly recommended for everyone!
We took the Gloworm tour with Steve on the 12th May
Excellent service from the beginning as we had to switch dates at short notice and they were really accomodating; nothing was too much bother for them.
The tour itself is great fun; really reasonable compared with the quotes we were given from other operators for the same trip (+$40.) Steve the guide was great, making it very interesting for us.
The hot drink and chocolates at the end were a nice touch!
Excellent! Perfect way to spend an evening, and a great way to get out of the house! Steve's scientific chat all about the Arachnocampa luminosa was great. Highly recommended to anyone and everyone.
Thanks Karen and Steve!
This tour was fantastic and was such a reasonable price. From the start when calling up and asking Sara for details about the various tours to the end of the glowworm tour with Steve, the staff were friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. Even though it was only the two of us on the tour Steve put in 110% and was an excellent guide who provided vast information about the area and the glowworms. The tour provides something a little different and the lake provides a beautiful setting to paddle around and relax. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and will recommend this tour to anyone who is staying in the bay of plenty region. Thanks to Steve and Sara for such a great experience.
We just completed our third trip to Mclaren Falls with Steve to see the glowworms by kayaking into the site. Each time we have gone with different people and each time all of us have been thrilled with the evening. Steve is very organized, makes a point of learning everyone's name , is professional in his approach and very conscious of making the trip a safe event but still fun . He is a knowledgeable and skilled kayaker. In the cavern he provided an excellent explanation of the life cycle of the glowworm. The hot chocolate and candy bars are a perfect way to end a great evening. We will be introducing other friends to this great experience which we can enjoy in the Bay of Plenty
Geoff and Jacq
This is a great tour,far better than any expectation. We were impressed with both the friendliness and professional approach that we had. Even though it was just us due to a cancellation, we had an excellent tour with a very interesting background on the lake,its role in the hydroplant and the glow worms themselves.Its very relaxing and perfect calm warm weather conditions was a bonus.
So thank you very much Steve for the tour.We will definetely recommend this trip to anyone.
A big thank you to John who took us out on the Glow worm tour at Lake McClaren (McClaren Falls Park) in Tauranga. Although I have been living in Tauranga for 4 years I haven't done this kayaking-at-night thing before... with my brother & his family from South Africa visiting this was an ideal opportunity to showcase them the unique beauty of New Zealand. And we were not disappointed! What a magical night: John met us at the designated spot right on time; his friendly & relaxed manner immediately put us all at ease. It was clear that John was confident in what he was doing, and this helped us 5 novices to kayaking feel safe. It works exceptionally well to set off on the tour just before sunset (rather than after dark) so that you have some time on the water, in daylight, to build confidence & familiarity before reaching the dark area where the glow worms are. Well done guys on a well thought-out plan! A truly FANTASTIC and MAGICAL experience - these guys are tops!
My glow-worm experience was wonderful. I enjoyed paddling as I watched the sunset, listening to the calls of the geese, swans and ruru (morepork)...and of course seeing the glow-worm cavern. John and Steve were very friendly, and made beginners feel safe and confident in the water. The hot milo and Crunchie bars afterwards were ververy much needed! I recommend the guys get everyone taking part to introduce themselves to each other - name, country - so that we know who we are kayaking with. Thanks for the best memory of 2009!
Had a fantastic Christmas Eve kayak to the glow worm canyon. Our guide was experienced and informative, and everyone in the group had a wonderful time throughout the entire experience. The glow worms were terrific and we all seemed to enjoy the trip more than a tour happening at the same time from Waimarino. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!
Jim De Maria
On Dec. 15th 4 of us experienced the Glow Worm paddle.
The guide, John, really made us feel comfortable in a previously unexperienced adventure. His knowledge of the little critters was great and the stories of previous tours was quite funny. If ever in the Mt. Maunganui area, book a tour with this group and ask for John.
I went on the Glow worm tour and had an awesome time!! the guides were really professional and informative about the lake and the Glow worms. I didnt even have to get my feet wet!! they do everything for you, and the hot chocolate at the end of the paddle was the perfect way to finish the tour.
I would recommend this tour to anyone and everyone, the Glow worm canyon is AMAZING and I would definatly go again, a perfect experience for the whole family!!
We did the Glow Worm Kayak trip and totally loved it! Our guides were enthusiastic and knowledgeble. Neither my husband nor myself had ever kayaked before but enjoyed the tour immensely. I highly reccommend booking this trip if you're anywhere near Mt. Maunganui.
So much fun! My husband and I were on our honeymoon and we were so happy with our choice to go on the Glow Worm Tour with Canoe & Kayak while we were in Bay of Plenty. Steve was so friendly and gave us a very personalized tour. We were out for a long time, in fact, there was another company with about 5 other kayakers that did the same exact tour, but they went very quick... we were out there 20 minutes before they were and about 20 minutes after they left! I think the other company charges much more too... so we LOVED the personalized experience and got much more bang for our buck! Thanks so much for a lovely experience!
Had an amazing time on the tour! Steve was a great guide and knew loads of fascinating facts about the glow worms and the surrounding area. Great value for money and would certainly recommend it to anyone, regardless of kayaking experience.
Thanks very much to Steve and Karen!
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time on the glow worm kayak tour, Steve was a fantastic host giving us great information on the area and letting us gase at the glow worms for a long time so we didn't feel rushed. Having pictures of our evening was the icing on the cake..that is after munching on chocolate at the end of the tour!
First of all, the scenic views around the lake before and after dark is awesome! Steve is also a really friendly and patient guide in instructing us as we made our way around. The glow worms are terrific and as we are in a small group, it feels like an exclusive experience. Would definitely go again and highly recommended.
I had a great trip. Steve was a wonderful host. I would definitely recommend the glow worm trip to anybody!
The trip run by Canoe and Kayak BOP to the spectacular glow worm canyon on Lake McLaren is an amazing experience.
When darkness falls in the canyon, the glow worms twinkle from every nook and cranny. Its fun either rafting up in kayaks or just drifting- the atmosphere is so quiet and peaceful.
Once back on dry land, the milo and marshmallows just finished off a perfect evening.
We had an awesome time on the glowworm kayak trip. Steve was super-friendly and very professional. The price was also very competitive compared to other operators.
We would recommend this trip to anyone. Kayaking at night is such an amazing experience for the senses and the glowworms are magical.
We had an amazing time on the trip, Steve was a great host, extemely helpfull and informative. Would recommened to everyone!
We really appreciated Steves instruction to us novices on all the aspects of safety and operation of the rudder and how to paddle before we hit the water.Once in the kayaks every thing worked out fine and we got up to glow woms with out a hitch.The photos Steve took on the way up were great as one thing you cant do in a kayak is take a photo of your self paddling.The glow worms were a terrific sight and Steve gave us an interesting talk on their life cycle.The only dissapointment was the difficulty in trying to photograph them.They look so bright ,but I think you wouul need a kayak on a tripod to get any results on film.Steve did all the work getting the kayaks out of the water and back on the trailer while we just stood around drinking hot chocolate and making new "kayaking friends".It was great!!!!!
We had a wonderful time. Steve was a perfect host and guide. Kayaking at night was amazing. Would definitely recommend this trip!
Fan bloody tastic. We were a group of 9 and 2 extra Aussies. Aged from 15 to 68 and all novices. Despite Steve's and Biscuits (the Scottish guy) excellant tuition my daughter and I proved quite inept, the peace and tranquility of the Glow Worm Canyon was somewhat dashed. However, we could all appreciate the beauty of the experience. Sorry Aussies!
Living in Papamoa it will certainly be something we will do again with our visitors. Cracking!!!
Excellent evening out with Steve and (his Scottish helper whos name I have forgotten, Sorry!), very re-assuring as some of our group couldnt swim but still went out in the kayaks! The glow worms were amazing, and the local knwledge Steve had of the area was great. Would definitely recommend and would definitely do it again.
We had a great evening,Steve was lovely and very patient.The glow worms are amazing and I would recommend the trip to anyone.
This trip was just awesome!!! Karen and Steve are the best hosts ever. The trip is geared at all ages and our 6 year old boy enjoyed every minute of it. The gloworms are spectacular. Would highly recommend it to anyone.
We went on this trip with some trepadation as we had not kayaked at night before and we did not know the area, also we had a couple with us who had never kayaked. We had the most fantastic time! Everything was explained and checks were made to make sure everyone felt safe.....the glow worms were magical and the hot chocolate and goodies at the end just rounded up a truly magnificent evening..go for it no matter what your age!!
i went on an awesome tour to a canyon which was full off glow worms the tour stated at the shop in mount maunganui and we were transported out to maclaren falls whre we were given instruction on saftey isuues and what to do if anything was to happen our guide steve was great he has a huge knowledge of the area and kayaking he told us about parts of the area as we paddled to the canyon it was dark when we got there but the glow worms were amazing everyone was wowed steve took photos of us all in our kayaks then we headed back to our transport there arent words to describe the glow worm experience you just have to do it dont pass it up.
A group of us did the twilight glowworm kayak up the Wairoa River in March. Coming upon the sparkling glow worms in the darkness of the gorge was an amazing experience. There were zillions of the little creatures glowing their hearts out for our viewing pleasure. Absolutely stunning. We learnt some cool things about the glow worms from Steve – he knew everything about them! It was so peaceful floating through the calm of the narrow gorge taking in the sight of the glowworms, hearing the water falling down the banks, dipping our paddles into the water. Bliss.
What a great night! Thanks so much to Steve from Canoe and Kayak – a great guide – with a strong emphasis on safety and fun.
The Moonlight Glowworm Kayak on the Wairoa River was a fantastic experience. Steve from Canoe & Kayak supplied us with top-class gear and ran a very informative safety briefing first to make sure we were all comfortable. We were a group of mixed abilities and fitness but Steve's personality and experience put us all at ease. The scenery was stunning, the paddling easy, the glow-worm canyon unbelievable and the whole experience was world class. It is incredible to believe that such a fabulous evening adventure is only 20minutes from the center of Tauranga City. I thoroughly recommend you book this stunning tour with Canoe & Kayak BOP, a professional operation with the personal touches.
I hadnt been kayaking for a while and Steve was just brilliant at getting me back into the groove. I went on the Glow Worm tour and it was a stunning way to spend an evening on the water. Fantastic value for money and full of surprises. Do it!!
Spent 4 months in NZ and used this shop to complete a some Sea Kayaking courses and joined them on some Sea trips. All I can say is that they were just fantstic, service in the shop was good along with the teaching of the courses. Well done guys keep it up.
What a fantstic experiance, I was new to kayaking and first off tried the 'Round the Mount ' Trip and I thought the trip was great and was organised really well, so I then tried the 'Glow Worm Trip' also fantstic. I would recomend this family run company to anyone. I am now back in the Uk and have taken up Kayaking. All due to these guys. Thanks
Been out a few times with Canoe and Kayak - I highly recommend their tours - really enjoyable!