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Glow Worm Tour
There are many kayak trips you can do in New Zealand , but a trip at dusk to see the glow worms is definitely something really unique and quite special. I joined a group at twilight and we headed out to McLaren Falls Park in Tauranga.
After a safety briefing from our guide Grant, we set off by kayak on the calm, safe waters of the lake before entering the river, shrouded in native bush. As it got darker, we listened for the haunting call of New Zealand 's native owl the Ru Ru (Morepork) and watched the speckles of the glow worms amongst the bush.
It really was quite magical, especially as we went into the canyon and saw the amazing sight of the glow worms covering the steep cliffs either side. We also saw the beautiful native Silver Fern and Grant told us stories about how it was used to protect the women and children during times of battle.
There was a chance to take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall before getting back into the kayaks. We then glided effortlessly back along the river after dark where we had the chance to see the glow worms up close including checking out their silk webs. This was a truly amazing experience and a definite must-do during your stay in Tauranga, you won't regret it!
Adventure Bay of Plenty offers a range of kayaking, mountain biking and boat cruises around the Bay of Plenty region, including trips to Matakana and Mayor (Tuhua) Island.
They can also arrange fishing, hunting, island tours, horse treks and walking trips. Combination tours are also available.
* Adventure Bay of Plenty tours are designed for groups of no more than eight so you get to immerse yourselves in the experience at your pace.
The three hour glow worm tour costs $95 per person.
For more information or to make a booking contact director Grant Bradley on 07 576 7040 or 021 994 820 or Free Phone (NZ only): 0800 ADV BOP (0800 238 267)
Rachel stayed at Harbourside City Backpackers at 105 The Strand, Tauranga. This centrally located backpackers is right on the waterfront, with stunning views of the harbour, fantastic communal facilities, internet cafe, and free bikes. Sarah and the team at Harbourside will also help you find a job picking or packing kiwifruit from April to September if you're up for it. For more information and to make a booking call 07 579 4066. Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.backpacktauranga.co.nz