Waimarino Kayak Tours is part of the Waimarino Group. Established in 1975, Waimarino began with the purchase of some land alongside the Wairoa River and a vision to introduce kayaking to people of all ages throughout the community.

Barry and Barbara Anderson started the Waimarino venture with 6 kayaks and a small wooden shed. Their passion for kayaking proved contagious and the business rapidly grew. In 2003 their son Blair took over the family business and just recently it became known as Waimarino Group. From this they formed Waimarino Kayak Tours, Waimarino Adventure Park, Waimarino Education Trust, and the Waverly on Wairoa wedding venue.

Waimarino Kayak Tours’ vision is to become New Zealand’s premier adventure kayaking resort. We are already proud to provide a unique outdoors experience that helps people develop confidence, have fun, and share in some of Tauranga and Rotorua's most scenic tours.

Waimarino Kayak Tours

We believe that our Kayak Tours are the best in the Bay of Plenty. We offer kayak tours on serene Lake McLaren, including a very special evening tour of a magical glow worm canyon, lit with a billion tiny stars. The birdlife is wonderful and the surrounding trees and bush envelop you in another world.

We also provide popular kayaking tours on the Wairoa River, and sea kayaking on Tauranga Harbour where you'll explore the waterways developed by mythological Maori taniwha. Our Kayak Tour options also include a guided glow worm kayaking tour in Rotorua on the beautiful Lake Rotoiti.

With meticulous planning and years of experience, our skilled guides will ensure you feel safe, informed, and cared for at every moment of the tour. We will happily modify our tours to suit our clients' abilities. We want your adventure kayaking experience with Waimarino Kayak Tours to stand out as an absolute New Zealand highlight.