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The Boatshed Kayaks

21 Amber Lane | Lake Karapiro, Cambridge 3494, New Zealand
+64 7-827 8286
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Awesome night out hanging with the glow worms

My partner and I did the Karapiro glow worm evening tour on a Friday. Drove there and back on the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sandeep J
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Serene and otherworldly

Had a great evening with the boatshed boys on the river, and would definitely do it again! The glow... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jonathan L
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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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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

My partner and I did the Karapiro glow worm evening tour on a Friday. Drove there and back on the same day. It is a bit of a drive from Auckland but totally doable, you end up getting back home quite late though. The tour...More

1  Thank Sandeep J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great evening with the boatshed boys on the river, and would definitely do it again! The glow worms are an amazing sight, the snacks were yummy, and, although I have no personal experience to compare, drifting silently and effortlessly in a kayak under...More

Thank Jonathan L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was such a fun morning adventure! Armed with a map and a kayak we set off to find the most beautiful hidden waterfalls. The 3 hours kayaking was hard on the shoulders, but so worth it. The whole trip was relaxing, scenic and well...More

Thank Nicola R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lot of fun with well rounded operation. The guides were very informative and great experience at the end of the experience.

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

A quiet relaxing paddle down the mighty Waikato. Highly recommend, Easy paddling and day out for the whole family.

Thank Kerry T
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Right from the start this was a great experience. Following a comprehensive safety briefing and tuturial we set off on our double kayak (singles also available) to cross the lake and enter a magical world of lagoons and waterfalls. Just quietly watching the birdlife was...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Miki and Shaun led a lovely tour out to a pasture overlooking Maungatautari (Sanctuary Mountain), some pleasant time with wine/cheese/crackers and hot choc whilst waiting for dark - no fire sadly (too dry at the moment). The kayaks were really easy to use and included...More

Thank stephendavidadams
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Reviewed 11 December 2017

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
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Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

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

2  Thank Floris H
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Reviewed 3 December 2017

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
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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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