Magical Glowworm Kayaking Getaway in Rotorua

3 Days

From NZD 435 per person

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Getaway Summary

  • Location: Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
  • 2 nights/3 days
  • Accommodation in a 4* hotel, incl continental breakfast buffet
  • Glowworm kayak tour on Lake Okareka
  • Soaking session at Secret Spot Rotorua

Glowworm Kayaking on Lake Okareka

Rotorua is dotted with lakes. Only 15 minutes outside of town is the beautiful Lake Okareka. Fern trees, bush and cliffs line the shore. And within those cliffs, glowworms hide in smaller and bigger caves. 

For your glowworm kayaking tour, you meet with Paddle Board Rotorua at the i-Site. After a short drive, you arrive at the base of the tour where your kayaking equipment’s waiting for you. After a quick brief, you hop on your kayak and off you go.

The tour starts around sunset to give you some time in daylight for getting used to paddling. Once it’s dark enough to see the glowworm, your guides will point you to up to 4 different glowworm caves that are only accessible from the water. Take your time to sit back and take in the glowing galaxies around you. 

On a clear night, the magic continues in the sky and on the lake as you slowly make your way back to the base. Above you, stars pop out and you can see the cloudy appearance of the Milky Way while the stars reflect on the calm water.

Secret Spot Rotorua

The not-so-secret-anymore Secret Spot Rotorua is located on the outskirts of the city, next to Whakarewarewa Forest’s mountain bike entrance. Tucked away from the outside world, a peaceful, lush-green sanctuary awaits. 12 cedar hot tubs look into the forest and towards the entrance, you find a licenced cafe with complimentary shinny dips (foot baths) with your drink.

If you feel like a glass of bubbly while sitting in your hot tub, just push the button and one of the friendly staff rocks up to take your order. Enjoy your drinks and snacks while chatting with your party (be it a romantic soak for two or a fun one with the girls), all while gazing into the soothing green of the forest.

You won’t ever want to leave your tub again.

Read more about Secret Spot here

Your Rotorua Accommodation

Only a 5-minute stroll from Rotorua town centre, the 4* hotel Jet Park in Rotorua is a true home away from home. The rooms are cosy and comfy.

There’s a spa bath and an outdoor pool for the swimmers and the bikers amongst you will appreciate the bike washing station and a locked bike storage room.

Families will love the designated family rooms and play area for the little ones. 

The package includes daily continental breakfast from the generous buffet. 

Rotorua town centre, Eat Street, the waterfront and Polynesian Spa can easily be reached on foot and attractions like Te Puia, Kuirau Park, Zorb and the Luge are only a quick drive from Jet Park Rotorua.


  • 2 nights at 4* Jet Park Rotorua in a King Superior Room
  • Daily continental breakfast buffet
  • Glowworm Kayak tour by Paddle Board Rotorua, approx 3h

Not Included

  • Other meals
  • Entry fee to other attractions or activities

Got a day to explore Rotorua? There’s so much to see and do here! How about:

  • Visit one of the geothermal parks
  • Explore Mt Tarawera
  • Raft the highest commercially raftable waterfall
  • Watch pounamu carvers create a new masterpiece
  • Zorb down the hill in an inflatable ball

Click here for further details on the many things to do in Rotorua

Weekend Getaways NZ

Price is based on 2 people during low season.

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