Photo showing kayaks gliding in to the Boatshed landing on a misty autumn morning on Lake Karapiro.


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Watching the glow-worms from the kayaks on the Boatshed glow-worm trip. It's rivalling Waitomo.

Trip Outline
This fantastic kayak adventure offers something very special for the whole family. We start from the Epworth camp and kayak our way down a truly beautiful section of the Waikato River, to the Pokewhaenua stream. With stunning twilight lake views we head under the Pokewhaenua Bridge and into the glow-worm canyon.
(This photo shows us paddling through the twilight.)

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 glow-worms start to shine from the surrounding walls. After a quick glass of some of New Zealand’s finest wines (hot drink for the kids) complimented with some tasty cheeses had over the warmth of a campfire, it’s back in the boats, as we drift slowly down stream using only the light from the glow-worms. Viewing glow-worms from a kayak on the surface of the world is a whole different experience from seeing them inside a cave like at Waitomo.

In the video below, you can view the kayak trip and the campfire that leads you towards the glow-worms themselves.

Important Information:

  • We have a minimum age of five years. This trip requires only a moderate level of fitness.
  • We recommend that people bring light warm clothing (NO JEANS!) Warm waterproof jackets will be provided and waterproof pants will be available.
  • The trip departs from the Boatshed at 21 Amber Lane, RD2, Cambridge, which is a short 15min drive from the Epworth camp. Transport is not provided - we will travel to and from Epworth Camp in a convoy so ensure you have enough petrol.
  • The trip is fully guided by experienced Boatshed guides and all the kayak equipment is provided.
  • Trip departure times very depending on daylight hours and there is a minimum group size of 4 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.

As of 10th May, trips are departing at 4.30 pm and finishing at 8pm.

For further enquires or information regarding some of our other trips contact the Team at the Boatshed on (07) 827 8286
or email us here

Prices

  • Adults - $110
  • Children under 12 - $40
  • We do offer group discounts so please enquire.

Photos of the
glow-worm trip.

These are cropped miniatures.

Click to see the complete pictures full size.

Glow-worms trip on Lake Karapiro with Boatshed Kayaks Glow-worms trip on Lake Karapiro with Boatshed Kayaks
Learning the ropes
Paddling in sunshine
Glow-worms trip on Lake Karapiro with Boatshed Kayaks Glow-worms trip on Lake Karapiro with Boatshed Kayaks Glow-worms trip on Lake Karapiro with Boatshed Kayaks
Evening paddling A happy group Smiling in the twilight
Glow-worms trip on Lake Karapiro with Boatshed Kayaks Glow-worms trip on Lake Karapiro with Boatshed Kayaks Glow-worms trip on Lake Karapiro with Boatshed Kayaks
Paddling to the campfire Around the campfire Gathering dark
Glow-worms trip on Lake Karapiro with Boatshed Kayaks Glow-worms trip on Lake Karapiro with Boatshed Kayaks Glow-worms trip on Lake Karapiro with Boatshed Kayaks
The inlet Where the glo-worms live Fantastic cliffs

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The Boatshed Kayaks - Richard Clark,
RD2, 21 Amber Lane, Lake Karapiro, Cambridge, New Zealand,
Phone: (07) 827 8286 or Mobile - (027) 275 8724 Or Email us here
Operating hours are Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm.
For after hours enquiries please send us an email and we will get back to you within operating hours.