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Itinerary

This 2-hour guided kayaking trip departs from the retail store in the Taupo Town Centre. 

You will travel a short 5-minute drive from the store in the complimentary shuttle service to the river where the kayaks will be unloaded. You will put on your kayak gear including the spray jackets and life-jackets. 

Have a training session on the basics of how to paddle and the safety aspects involved for the trip. You will then have a departure photo before starting your journey. Once you are on the water you will practice some paddle strokes in the lagoon before starting the journey down the mighty Waikato River.  

You will travel past Cherry Island which was formerly a popular family outing with an animal park and café. Stop off below the Taupo Bungy drop zone, on a good day you will get to see a few people bungy and swing.

Then continue the paddle down the river to the hot thermal stream that enters the river for a soak in the healing thermal waters. From here it is a short trip to the famous Reids Farm, a camp site on the banks of the river, popular with tourists in the summer months where the journey ends.

Here you will be greeted by the shuttle driver who will have a warm or cold drink waiting for you depending on the season. The trailer will be loaded before you head off for the short trip back to the retail base where there are toilet facilities and changing rooms for you to use. You will also be provided with the details of where to get the complimentary tour photos from.
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Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours
Overview
Take a low-key kayaking ride on the Waikato—New Zealand’s longest river—while stopping at swimming holes, nature reserves, a bungy drop zone, and thermal springs. Travel in a small group with a guide who takes you to some of the river’s most beautiful and tranquil spots. The relaxing, relatively short 2-hour ride tends to work very well for traveling families.
Highlights
  • Relaxing, 2-hour kayaking ride on the Waikato is ideal for families
  • Get a free “departure photo” before you travel downriver
  • Fit a morning or afternoon departure time into your vacation schedule
  • Take a shuttle back to your car after the kayaking is done
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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile
Amazing trip!

Me and my friend had an amazing morning with our guide down the river. The nature and the river is so beautiful and we had a really relaxing and fun trip with the kayak. Our guide was very fun, friendly and good guide, who also...More

Thank Therese J
CanoeandKayakTaupo, Owner at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

What an amazing review. Thank you so much!

Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile
Amazing!

We had such a fantastic trip down the river; you could tell our guide Adam is super passionate about kayaking - he’s so knowledgeable about the river and surroundings, he was really engaging and made our trip. Thumbs up to Adam and Ren. Would definitely...More

Thank caterpillar2109
CanoeandKayakTaupo, Owner at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the great review. We will definitely pass on your kind words to Adam. Many thanks, Laura and team at Canoe and Kayak Taupo

Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile
Very nice tour

I could enjoy both kayaking and explanations about nature in Taupo!! And, guide was really nice and kind◎

Thank saaya s
CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

Hi, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Safe Travels, The team at Canoe and Kayak Taupo

Reviewed 17 March 2018
Great Trip

We had a great day. Ryan our guide was great. Enjoyed it a lot. Worth doing again. Just need a T-shirt and a swimming cloths.

Thank Mazen S
CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

Hi, thanks for leaving us a review. Hope to see you again, All the team at Canoe and Kayak Taupo

Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile
Amazing

We had so much fun I have never kayak before it was great intro to it the hot pools where amazing great stop off near the end thank you

Thank Peta G
CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

Hi, thanks for leaving us a review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your tour with us on the Mighty Waikato River. Hope to see you again, all the team at Canoe and Kayak Taupo.

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