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The Boatshed Kayaks

21 Amber Lane | Lake Karapiro, Cambridge 3494, New Zealand
+64 7-827 8286
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Thanks so much for an amazing experience. This trip was fantastic. Well run and something teenage... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Shona2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Awesome evening kayak experience

These guys are great and it’s a cheaper and more convenient alternative to visiting Waitomo. This... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alison R
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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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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“glow worms” (75 reviews)
“kayak trip” (19 reviews)
“hot chocolate” (14 reviews)
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21 Amber Lane | Lake Karapiro, Cambridge 3494, New Zealand
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+64 7-827 8286
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thanks so much for an amazing experience. This trip was fantastic. Well run and something teenage boys also really enjoyed. The glow worms were great to see as well. This is a trip not to be missed!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These guys are great and it’s a cheaper and more convenient alternative to visiting Waitomo. This is a very casual trip and great for groups, families, or couples. This experience is actually more popular with locals rather than foreigners. On our trip, my husband and...More

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Richard C, Owner at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review Alison! Lovely to hear you enjoyed our tour. Hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 8 June 2018

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. It is non-commercialized, meaning you are not bombarded with opportunities to buy souveniers and photos. It is a simple kayak run out to a turn-around point. At that point you'll enjoy S'mores, crakers and cheese, hot chocolate,...More

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Richard C, Owner at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

Thank you for your review. glad to hear you enjoyed it will pass comments on to Shaun :)

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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

We did the glow worm trip as a surprise for visiting family. The staff were brilliant, nice that the owner is out there doing it too! The bonfire, wine and nibbles was such a bonus, really made the night special. Can’t fault this company or...More

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Richard C, Owner at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

Thanks for your review! Awesome to hear you and your family enjoyed your tour. See you next time.

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

I visited with my family about 4 weeks ago, looking forward to enjoying the beauty of Lake Karipiro. Unfortunately, right from the start, the indifferent attitude of the staff, coupled with the overall poor condition of the kayaks did not bode well for what we...More

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Richard C, Owner at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

Hi there, we are a booking essential company. Which tour was it that you were booked on? We can not seem to see a booking for you in our records? Our tours are great for families and as we are a fully adventure mark audited...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

At first I was not to keen on the idea of kayaking at dark but by the nights end I was so glad my wife booked this trip. The paddle up the stream was a little difficult but the guides are always with you and...More

Thank Alfred R
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Kayaking to the "hidden waterfalls" was great fun and included fabulous scenery. We rented a double kayak and were briefed by a kind staffer who gave us a map and excellent instructions and directions before we set off on our own for a little adventure...More

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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

Kudos to the team (Shaun, Trent and Nikki) for a wonderful night. We really enjoyed the trip. Kayak was easy to handle. Rudders made such a big difference. I was paddling with my 7yo. It was a brilliant idea to through the canyon as a...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

These guides are amazing. A fun little adventure up a stream. Would highly recommend. We incorrectly brought wrong Vouchers, staff were friendly and sorted for us. Guide got us up close to banks for stunning glow worms

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

A wonderful evening adventure kayaking on Lake Karapiro. The boys from The Boatshed were excellent guides and looked after us well, the wine, crackers and cheese and chocolate was a nice surprise. Loved the trip home in the dark, so fun kayaking with the glow...More

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Yolandi J
12 June 2018|
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Response from Richard C | Property representative |
You can launch from the Boatshed you might need to carry down depending how busy we are ,and you can paddle to waterfalls from there .The glowworms trip is a outdoor adventure audited trip ,so we don,t encourage people to do... More
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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.
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