The Ultimate Waikato Weekender - 3 Days

Price: NZD 579 per person

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Getaway Summary:

Location: Lake Karapiro, Waikato
2 nights / 3 days
Accommodation in B&B
Glowworm kayak tour
45min Camjet jet boat ride
Bike hire & shuttle services from/to the trails

See the Lake Karapiro glow worms

The Ultimate Waikato Weekender has you covered with everything that makes the Waikato region special. See glowworms on a magical evening kayaking tour on Lake Karapiro. Paddle silently on the calm Pokaiwhenua Stream along moss-covered walls that come to life with thousands of little lights.

Walks and bike rides

Walk and ride the Waikato River Trail from Jones Landing to the Arapuni Dam and onwards along the shores of the Mighty Waikato River towards Lake District Adventures. Another bike ride takes you on the Te Awa Trail from the Avantidrome in Cambridge to the Karapiro Domain.

Explore Maugatautari (Sanctuary Moutain), New Zealand’s largest predator-free mainland ‘island’ and get up close and personal with the local birdlife. Climb the 16 metres high Canopy Tower which takes you into the treetop of the forest canopy.

Jet Boating on Waikato River

To round off the Waikato Weekender, you’ll experience the exhilarating feeling of racing up Waikato River on a V8 jet boat and doing 360° spins. Your heart will race as you enter the narrow Cambridge Gorge at full speed. 

If you prefer a more relaxed way of spending time on the river, you can opt for the Ecological River cruise, where the focus lies on the history of the area and bird-watching.

You will stay at Lake District Adventure’s very own B&B, a charming house with a big garden right on the shores of Lake Karapiro.

Day 1
Arrival and glowworm kayaking tour

Arrive at Lake District Adventures on Lake Karapiro in the afternoon

Check-in to your accommodation

Evening: Enjoy a 3 hour fully guided Kayak Glow Worm Tour on Lake Karapiro

Day 2
Walks and bike ride

Morning: Walk from Jones Landing to Arapuni Dam, then ride the Waikato River Trail back to our HQ. You can even stop for coffee (if required) on the way…

Afternoon: visit Maungatautari Sanctuary Mountain.

Shuttle back to your accommodation to enjoy a quiet evening – light the barbeque & relax.

Day 3
Biking and CamJet boat ride

Morning: Shuttle to Cambridge & enjoy the thrill of Camjet – either the Adrenaline Tour or the Ecological Tour, it’s your choice.

Afternoon: Ride the Te Awa cycle trail from the Avantidrome in Cambridge – home of NZ’s champion cyclists – to the Karapiro Domain – home of NZ’s champion rowers. Shuttle back to Lake District Adventures for check-out


  • 2 nights at the Lake District Adventure B&B
  • Continental breakfast
  • 3 hours glowworm tour
  • all mentioned bike rentals and shuttles
  • CamJet boat ride


  • Meals other than breakfast


All prices are per person, based on 2 people or 2 adults and 2 children for Family Getaways. Please send an enquiry if you are a group.

Lake District Adventures:

50% refund if cancelled within 7 days before travel

No refund if cancelled within 48 hours of travel

All activities are weather dependant. LDA will get in contact if they have to cancel their tour and try to reschedule

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