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The Boatshed Kayaks

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21 Amber Lane | Lake Karapiro, Cambridge 3494, New Zealand
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Stunning location, very poor experience !

I visited with my family about 4 weeks ago, looking forward to enjoying the beauty of Lake... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sutton58
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Tauranga, New Zealand
Twinkle Twinkle little glow worm

At first I was not to keen on the idea of kayaking at dark but by the nights end I was so glad my... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Alfred R
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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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” (72 reviews)
“kayak trip” (19 reviews)
“hot chocolate” (13 reviews)
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21 Amber Lane | Lake Karapiro, Cambridge 3494, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Sutton58
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Richard C, Owner at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank xtne
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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

Thank William M
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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

Thank Jenzca
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

A lovely place but our kayak's rudder did not work and, when we asked the guide for another one, she told us it was for "clients" which made us wonder what we were, and not feeling very valued. So we had to make do with...More

3  Thank Noyeraie
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Reviewed 11 February 2018 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 8 February 2018 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 26 January 2018 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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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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