The paddle board glow worm tour in Rotorua was created by Nev Wilson and Matt Barnard, two Rotorua local watermen passionate about delivering great experiences for their customers. The glow worm tour quickly gained recognition as a Rotorua “must do” activity and Paddle Board Rotorua established itself as on of the top 5 water activities in Rotorua as rated on Trip Advisor. The tour is a truly unique and magical way to see New Zealand’s glow worms and has the added bonus of being operated in Rotorua without the need for a long drive to other glow worm destinations such as Waitomo Caves. The paddle board glow worm tour is not a mass tourism operation but is a unique tour and personal experience.
Paddle Board Glow Worm Tour Highlights
Sunset Paddle Boarding
Incredible Glow Worms
Star Gazing (if sky is clear)
Only 15 minutes from central Rotorua
Small Group Tour - Not mass tourism
The Paddle Board Rotorua Glow Worm Tour is simply one of the best experiences to do in Rotorua in the evening. Only a 15 minute drive from Rotorua central city this paddle board adventure allows you to see glow worms in Rotorua without needing to drive a long distance to Waitomo Caves. The experience begins with a complimentary pick up and return transfer from either your central Rotorua accommodation or the Rotorua I Site at 1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua. A short drive of approximately 15 minutes leads you past the iconic Redwood and Whakarewarewa forest before you descend to the lake to begin the adventures. Once at the Lake your friendly, professional local guide will unload all the equipment for your group and get you kitted-out for the paddle boarding experience. Sound safety and instruction briefings follow as you learn to paddle board or hone your existing skills. No paddle board experience is required - most tour members have never paddle boarded before but with the quality and skill of the instructors most people are standing up and paddling within 15 minutes; there is always the option to paddle sitting or kneeling on the board if this is more comfortable. An amazing time then ensues stand-up paddle boarding on the lake as you soak in the natural surroundings as the sun goes down. Ones the sun goes down you will search for the hidden caves and find them successfully with your guides knowledge. Once in the cave you will be amazed at the incredible glow worms that number in the thousands and appear like a galaxy above you. If you are lucky with a clear sky, the return paddle will continue your sense of awe and wonder with amazing stars lighting the sky.
This tour is one of the most unique and magical ways to see New Zealands glow worms. Local to Rotorua this experience is a must do and is a great way to see glow worms while enjoying the many other amazing sites within the Rotorua Lakes District. Book this amazing glow worm tour NOW. Due to popularity we recommend booking in advance as on-the-day bookings sometimes miss-out.
NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED
PADDLE BOARDING IS GENERALLY AN EASY ACTIVITY FOR MOST
WE HAVE AN APPROVED NAVIGATION SAFETY LICENSE FOR EVENING/NIGHT OPERATION
WE PROVIDE PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS
THE PADDLE DISTANCE IS NOT FAR AND ONLY REQUIRES LOW TO MODERATE FITNESS
This is one of our top selling tours. Get in quick to take part in this amazing night out.
We provide a shuttle service to and from your Rotorua accommodation or the I-site in central Rotorua. Allow 3 hours for the round trip The maximum number of customers per tour group is 7 which ensures a relaxed personal tour! We will do our best to get in touch well in advance if the weather looks bad, unfortunately sometimes mother nature wins. If our regulations allow us to operate then we will operate. A weight limit of 105kg applies. There is an age limit for this tour. The minimum age is 10 years old. 10-17 year old persons must be supervised by a responsible adult (18 or over).
Tours run daily, departing:
7pm Oct, Nov, March
7:30pm Dec - Feb
5pm April - Sep
Allow 2.5 - 3 hours for the round trip
Complimentary pick up and return transfer provided from Rotoura I Site at 1167 Fenton Street Rotorua
GLOW WORMS ?
Glow worms are the larvae of a fungus gnat fly. They glow to attract food and to attract mates.
Glow Worm Facts
Glow worms have silky mucus like sticky threads that hang from the glow worm that catch insects such as mosquito’s and flies which are food for the glow worm to eat.
The glow worm's tail glows because of bioluminescence created by a reaction of proteins within the digestive system of the worm.
The Glow Worm is the larvae of a fungus gnat fly.
The Fungus Gnat Fly lives for a short period of time (2-3 days) however its larvae, the glow worm, lives for around 6-9 months before the metamorphosis into the adult fly stage of its life cycle.
The life cycle of the Fungus Gnat has four stages, the Egg stage (2 weeks), the Larvae stage (6-9 months), the Pupae stage (2 weeks) and the Adult Fungus Gnat Fly stage (2-3 days)