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Sunset Paddle Board to Glow Worm Caves

Lake Okareka, New ZealandPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Nev

2 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 7 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

The experience begins by meeting at the scenic lake in the evening as the sunsets. After meeting the other members of your group you will gear up for an evening paddle board. A short safety and "how to paddle board" instruction session follows before you make your way along the shorelines of the pristine lake to a cave filled with Glowworms. Entering the cave is like entering a magical world as the glow worms surround you on all sides. Enjoy the magic before exiting the cave and on a clear night gazing at the stars on your return paddle home.
Other things to note
No experience is required. The paddle boarding activity is not strenuous so only a low level of fitness is required. Please notify the host if you have any medical or other conditions that may affect participation in the activity.
The experience begins by meeting at the scenic lake in the evening as the sunsets. After meeting the other members of your group you will gear up for an evening paddle board. A short safety and "how to paddle board" instruction session follows before you make your way along the shorelines of the pristine lake to a cave filled with Glowworms. Entering the cave is like entering a magical world as the glow worms surround you on all sides. Enjoy the…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    All paddle boarding and safety equipment.
From $104
/ person
Mon, Feb 1
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
$104 per person
$104 per person
Tue, Feb 2
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
$104 per person
$104 per person
Wed, Feb 3
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
$104 per person
$104 per person

Meet your host, Nev

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 39 Reviews
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I have been an outdoor adventurer all my life. I have surfed, kayaked, paddle-boarded, water-skied, and free-dived so I have an abundance of water based activity experience. My passion is shared adventures with good people and taking people to incredible places that they wouldn't normally see.

I have lived in Rotorua for 4 years now and own and operate a paddle board and kayak tour company called Paddle Board Rotorua with my friend and business partner Matty. This enables me to keep sharing adventures with people in our amazing backyard.

This Paddle Board Glow Worm tour is very popular and because of this I am not always able to take you in person on the tour however my business partner Matty or one of my other friendly guides can ensure your trip is always likely to go ahead, weather dependent.
I have been an outdoor adventurer all my life. I have surfed, kayaked, paddle-boarded, water-skied, and free-dived so I have an abundance of water based activity experience. My passion is shared adventures with good people and taking people to incredible places that they wouldn't normally see.

I have lived in Rotorua for 4 years now and own and operate a paddle board and kayak tour company called Paddle Board Rotorua with my friend and business partner Matty. This enables me to keep…
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Where you'll be

A beautiful lake during sunset. A secret Glow Worm cave on the shorelines of the lake home to thousands of glow worms.

Rated 4.85 out of 5 from 39 reviews.

Ella-Louise
December 2020
The rest of our group chose to kayak instead so we ended up having a private paddle board experience and it was amazing. Our guide was super informative and happy to chat, even took us to some extra caves. Was a really amazing experience. They sorted us out with all the gear and gave really clear Instructions. 100% recommend.
The rest of our group chose to kayak instead so we ended up having a private paddle board experience and it was amazing. Our guide was super informative and happy to chat, even too…
Mikayla
September 2020
Our tour guide was Christy, he was incredibly friendly and the experience was amazing. We were lucky enough to have him all to our selfs and it was honestly one of the best experiences I’ve had in New Zealand so far. 10/10 recommend to anyone considering booking this experience.
Our tour guide was Christy, he was incredibly friendly and the experience was amazing. We were lucky enough to have him all to our selfs and it was honestly one of the best experie…
Jacob
March 2020
Nev and Jess were excellent hosts. It was an incredible experience and they catered for all abilities seamlessly. The stargazing following the glow worm cave was incredible. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone looking for an easy adventure and to connect with nature.
Nev and Jess were excellent hosts. It was an incredible experience and they catered for all abilities seamlessly. The stargazing following the glow worm cave was incredible. I wou…
Dawn
March 2020
Great experience! So amazing to be out on the water after dark. We were given great instructions and privided with a wonderful experience, something we will treasure. A wonderful way to see the glow worms and experience the lake. Highly recommend!
Great experience! So amazing to be out on the water after dark. We were given great instructions and privided with a wonderful experience, something we will treasure. A wonderful w…
Dan
February 2020
Glowworms, stargazing, stand-up paddling at night, Nev's company - all were AMAZING! I did this tour after doing the Blackwater Labyrinth at Waitomo Caves, and I was still in awe at the sight of the glowworms in the cave. Even though it's a small cave, it felt a lot more "in your face" to be able to actually stand and look at their twinkling lights from only a few centimeters away. Nev was chill, fun, knowledgeable and helpful. We could paddle around freely, yet he made sure everyone had a good time. I had done SUP, but doing it at night is on another level. Staring at the stars while lying down on a paddle board while the whole group is quiet - wow. So peaceful. Would've gladly done the tour even without the glowworms, just for that.
Glowworms, stargazing, stand-up paddling at night, Nev's company - all were AMAZING! I did this tour after doing the Blackwater Labyrinth at Waitomo Caves, and I was still in awe…
Stephanie
February 2020
If you want to enjoy a beautiful night in a private atmosphere...than you're right with NEV. Small group and a real good adventure! Thank you for this magic evening!

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  • Sun, Feb 7
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    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Activity advisory

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Every adventure follows industry guidelines. We partnered with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, expert leaders in adventure travel, to define best practices and standards for safety.
Know your comfort level
Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests ages 13 and up can attend.

What to bring

Snacks and Bottled Water

Swimwear (wear under clothes)