Destination Tauranga for Surreal Kayak Adventures

“In New Zealand, there are many places to see glowworms and also many places to paddle a kayak. These two experiences, already lovely on their own, merge for a surreal adventure in Tauranga,” Straits Times journalist Andy Ng writes.

“My four-day tour of Napier and the Bay of Plenty on the northern coast of North Island is rich in such outdoor pleasures – and also art and myth,” Ng reports.

“It is dusk and there is a slight autumn breeze when I start my kayak journey to another realm to see elves and fairies dance among the infinite lights of glowworms.

“They are located in the narrow, high-sided canyon at the top of Lake McLaren in Tauranga – I can already imagine the tranquil scene, though my clumsy paddling makes loud splashes.

“Along the way, I learn that glowworms are insect larvae that glow through bioluminescence to attract their prey. They spin sticky webs, just like spiders, and emit a blue-green light. Fun fact: The hungrier the glowworms are, the brighter they shine.”

Original article by Andy Ng, The Straits Times, September 23, 2017.

Photo by Tourism New Zealand.

Tags: glowworms  Kayaking  Lake McLaren  Straits Times (The)  Tauranga  

New Zealand Charts On Nat Geo Best Trip List

New Zealand Charts On Nat Geo Best Trip List

Looking for your next adventure? You’ll find it on National Geographic’s annual list of the world’s best destinations for travellers, and of the 25 breathtaking places and experiences listed, you’ll find…