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The Boatshed Kayaks

21 Amber Lane | Lake Karapiro, Cambridge 3494, New Zealand
+64 7-827 8286
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Amazing real Kiwi experience

This kayak trip was amazing - could definitely give Waitomo a run for its money since its less... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Waikato Region, New Zealand
Great experience!

Small groups, empty river and loads of glowworms. Not the touristy thing, which makes it well worth... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Floris H
Groningen, The Netherlands
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the Boatshed Kayaks,was set up by Richard Clark in 2000, on his property on the edge of Lake Karapiro. We offer a number of different kayaking and stand up paddle board options from our great waterfalls trip to our evening glow worm experience, just flick through our website to get a better idea for whats available. Lake Karapiro offers an exellent venue with sheltered waters and 15 km of lake to explore. making it a safe and beautiful environment to try something new. our guides and instructors are fully qualified in both flat water and graded river paddleing so if your wanting to explore some of the lower sections of the waikato river between cambridge and hamilton youll be in safe hands. The Boatshed kayaks is also involved in multisport training and hire and has been training grade 2 paddlers for over 8 years, with a huge number of paddlers experiencing their introduction to kayaking through The Boatshed.The ethos at the Boatshed has always been on getting people out there paddling, young and old, and therefore growing kayaking as a sport or recreational activity.
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“kayak trip” (18 reviews)
“hot chocolate” (13 reviews)
21 Amber Lane | Lake Karapiro, Cambridge 3494, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This kayak trip was amazing - could definitely give Waitomo a run for its money since its less commercial and touristy and is more of a true Kiwi experience. You do a 45 min kayak trip to a small campsite upstream where you sit around...More

1  Thank bba9015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small groups, empty river and loads of glowworms. Not the touristy thing, which makes it well worth it!

1  Thank Floris H
Reviewed 1 week ago

My grandson and I had a great evening, the kyacking was easy for someone with only a little experience. The guides were very helpful with initial tuition before we started and getting everyone comfortably into the kyacks and into the water without even getting your...More

2  Thank Twisty333
Reviewed 19 August 2017

A really tranquil and relaxing kayak trip on a nice lake, the guys there sort you out and give you everything you need, waterfall only ok but not the end of the world, it's more about a couple of hours on the lake. Worked quite...More

Thank Dion h
Reviewed 20 July 2017

They offer good value kayaking including providing all the gear you need and yummy food upon your return.

Thank theunshackledlife
Reviewed 25 June 2017

My wife daughter and I did the kayaking tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sean was our guide and was very good, a typical surf dude type - very laid back. Easy kayaking, very scenic and nice and relaxing. The glow worms were beautiful

Thank Skydom
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

We had an amazing evening on the glow worm kayak tour. A really nice touch to stop and have a glass of wine by the campfire before paddling back in the dark enjoying the glow worms and the amazing night sky. The guides were knowledgeable...More

Thank Suz689
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Wonderful experience- recommend highly. We had a young friendly guide. It was pretty cold and you need to have strong arms - our ten year olds loved the open fire & marshmallows. Stunning floating back down the river.

Thank mandyl501
Reviewed 6 May 2017

We hired two individual kayaks and took ourselves off to the nearby creeks with waterfalls. The waterfalls themselves are fairly small and not wildly exciting, but the creeks are extremely pretty, with thickets of tree ferns, king fishers and the feeling you were in Jurassic...More

Thank thirkej
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Last night my husband & I took a kayaking tour to see the glow worms. It was Pure Magic. There were only 4 kayaks, 7 tourists and 1 guide. Our guide was a young chap who is extremely well versed in the entire area and...More

1  Thank Anabanana1966
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Ehsan U
22 December 2015|
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Response from Richard C | Property representative |
Hi there, We have a strict age limit of 5 years old. Due to adventure mark tourism regulations.