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About Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours
Explore Lake Taupo and the Waikato River with Taupo's specialist Kayak Store - Canoe and Kayak Taupo! Choose from 2 fully guided tours: *Maori Carvings Tour (4 hours) Kayak on Australasia's largest fresh water lake to the impressive Maori Carvings (15m high) while gazing towards 3 live Volcano's across beautiful Lake Taupo. Combine kayaking on crystal clear waters, swimming, exploring nearby caves, learning about the cultural and historical significance while being entertained by your qualified, friendly and knowledgeable guide. The carvings are only accessible by water and this is an experience not to be missed during your stay in Taupo.*Waikato River Float Trip (2 hours) Cruise the Waikato River on the ultimate scenic kayak tour. You will kayak past various Islands, paddle underneath the Taupo Bungy site and even stop at natural hot pools for a soak in waters up to 40 degrees. No experience necessary, all equipment and guides are provided. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Jo C wrote a review May 2021
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A great family experience with knowledgeable guides. As a family of four with two teenagers it ticked all the boxes catering for our different fitness levels. The stop off at the spa was lovely and the river in autumn is stunning!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours
Responded 10 May 2021
Thanks for the lovely review. It is so beautiful with the autumn leaves on the trees reflecting on the water! Thanks for joining us!
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Rob Stone wrote a review Apr 2021
New Plymouth, New Zealand1 contribution
The Guide Jayden was very knowledgeable and friendly bloody handy in a kayak too. Things got a little choppy heading out but we handled it well under good instruction. This trip is well worth doing, my only advice know you’re limits, the weather on the lake is changeable and you may have to grunt it out.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours
Responded 10 May 2021
Thanks for the review. Glad you felt safe and well-looked after by Jayden. With such a large lake (as big as Singapore!!!) we do sometimes get a bit choppy. We like to think our tour is set up so that anyone is able to get stuck in and enjoy their trip to the carvings - double sea kayaks for double the power, kayaks designed to be out in large waves on the ocean with rudders so that you can steer easily. Our guides are always happy to give good advice about technique to cope with slight blusters too. Hopefully it's made you enthusiastic about kayaking on the sea where you'll see a few more waves as well!
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Des C wrote a review Apr 2021
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Great kayaking tour to the Maori Carvings with Laura! Laura made the experience very enjoyable, looking after the group, and giving in depth background and history on the carvings. The kayaking wasn’t too tiring and you could paddle at your own pace. Highly recommended !
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours
Responded 6 Apr 2021
Hi Des, thank you so much for the kind review. Glad you had such a great trip and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your weekend and all of its activities.
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JoWilliamsNZ wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
It was a very good trip - knowledgeable guide, and well paced for all abilities, with the added bonus of coffee and biscuits on the shore.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours
Responded 6 Apr 2021
Hi Jo, it was great to meet you and your family on the tour. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour and hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday weekend.
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Rochelle wrote a review Apr 2021
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Juliet was awesome, loved the tour was such great weather and she is super calm with all abilities. Highly recommend 😁
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Response from CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours
Responded 6 Apr 2021
Thanks Rosie! It's not hard for our guides to be calm when we're on such a beautiful river with lovely guests. Thanks for leaving such a kind review.
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