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The Boatshed Kayaks

21 Amber Lane | Lake Karapiro, Cambridge 3494, New Zealand
+64 7-827 8286
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Great Trip

Beautiful scenery, easy paddle, glow worms were amazing, Devon was an excellent guide. What more... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2017
Susan W
Cambridge, New Zealand
via mobile
Devon is the maaaayne

Was an awesome experience, the guides were great, sharing funny stories and insights into the... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2017
Josh N
via mobile
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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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  • Very good11%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“kayak trip” (16 reviews)
“dark” (27 reviews)
21 Amber Lane | Lake Karapiro, Cambridge 3494, New Zealand
+64 7-827 8286
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Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Beautiful scenery, easy paddle, glow worms were amazing, Devon was an excellent guide. What more could you want. An highly recommend this tour - safe, easy, fun

Thank Susan W
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Was an awesome experience, the guides were great, sharing funny stories and insights into the nature of glowworms. Would do again 10/10

Thank Josh N
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Thanks you Devon, Jed and Steve. Was a wonderful experience. Brilliant way to spend an evening. Would recommend it 100%

Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We took this trip with the whole family from grandparents, children and grand-kids (14 and 11y.o.). It was a question whether we could keep up with the kids but excellent guides and easy kayak conditions ensured everybody got a fantastic experience. It was only as...More

Thank NowOzTravellers
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

We booked in for the evening glow worm trip. Guides were friendly & informative. The trip was nice and easy for those with little to no kayaking experience. Scenery was stunning! Great fun, good opportunity to chat to others while waiting for dark. The float...More

1  Thank craftycow-nz
Reviewed 20 January 2017

We came and took two kayaks for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. Such a lovely experience, great sights, beautiful day and the lake was dead quiet. Easily recommend this to anybody in the area.

1  Thank Kiriana T
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Phoebe is just great. She welcomes you with the waiver signing and then fits you for your life jacket. If you're lucky, you'll even get to meet Molly her beautiful 7 y.o lab who'll join you down to the lake. Kayaks are cleans and good...More

1  Thank krissydj917
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We booked a family glow worm kayaking trip through Daily Deals. Richard and his team were very flexible with the booking. Once there we were met by the friendly team and after a short drive to our location we started our adventure. After a relaxing...More

Thank Anna M
Reviewed 5 January 2017

This was an awesome experience even for new zealanders. Great way to see whats in our own back yard. We are truelly lucky to have such beautiful scenery here. The trip was relaxed and easy for any ages. Great guides that were friendly & helpful.

Thank pudrah
Reviewed 23 December 2016

Beautiful scenery, very relaxed, fantastic trip for family or couples. This is my 2nd visit with Boatshed, we had good looking guide Devin who was fantastic! the trip was well-looked after, Friendly and funny, and hot chocolate was divine! Recommended for any aged group of...More

2  Thank Sam L
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Ehsan U
Is this experience safe with 3 year child on board?
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.