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

the Boatshed Kayaks,was set up by Richard Clark in 2000, on his property on...

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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Girls Day

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... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2017
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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.

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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 quality. Phoebe gives you a quick lesson, and a waterproof map, then you can set... More 

1 Thank krissydj917
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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 cheese, bikkies, wine/hot chocolate break we were guided through the canyon to view the glow... More 

Thank Anna M
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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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.

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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 people, definitely must and best things to do in Waikato area.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

The trip was awesome, nice calm water with plenty of glowworms lighting up the riverbanks. Our car died during the trip and the guys helped us get it going again, they should get a bonus star for that!

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Reviewed 5 December 2016

Loved the relaxed style of the guides, the entire experiance was at a very comfortable pace. Paddling through the gully while it was still light was like going back in time, incredible. Then coming back it was other-worldly. We left the gloworm feeling a soft euphoria.

Thank marierG9465UA
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

was such a cool trip, would defiantly do it again! tour guides were awesome as well answering our stupid questions lol.

Thank familytrips46
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

awsome experience, well looked after, friendly bunch, recommend to anyone looking for something different.

Thank Josephine C
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Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

On a girls trip, my friends and I decided to do a kayak trip in addition to seeing the glow worms in the cave. I was skeptical at first as this trip does not go inside a cave. Instead the glow worms are on overhangs of a narrow canyon you paddle through. Having done the two I can honestly say... More 

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