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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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Awesome trip

We hired the kayaks for the afternoon and after some instructions and tips from Elliot we set off armed with our map to explore. We paddled along the shore line and then went to... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2012
Linda B
Whanganui, New Zealand
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Whanganui, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

We hired the kayaks for the afternoon and after some instructions and tips from Elliot we set off armed with our map to explore. We paddled along the shore line and then went to find the waterfalls. If we hadn't been told about them in a briefing we would never have realised they were there! Once in the estuary the... More 

Thank Linda B
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

My wife and I went on this trip almost accidentally, and we are very happy that we did that. It is an awesome experience, which included 2 * 30 minutes of kayaking into a very secluded nature of the central New Zealand. Kayaking in the darkest of the nights among the glow worms !!!! I always thought that it is... More 

Thank Ehsan V
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

Did this trip last weekend, it was awesome, a different experience from regular kayaking due to it being at night with glow worms. Elliot the guide was knowledgable and friendly as were his assistant guides and stopping half way through for cheese & crackers, wine, and toasted marshmellows on the fire really added to it. Definitely recommend doing this!

Thank Anthony U
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

We went on the Glowworm trip and it was fantastic, beyond our expectations and a trip that we would recommend to both New Zealanders and especially to overseas visitors. The scenery is wonderful and the glow worms are truly spectacular, as good as if not better than Waitomo. A real outdoor experience which works for all ages (marshmallows for some,... More 

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Reviewed 12 February 2012

Did the glow worm trip great trip in the kiakis safe good fun and interesting. Seeing the glow worms so close was fasinating, the leaders explanation was informative. Would recommend to as ages, don't forget the insect repellent .

Thank Teapotsandy
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

A very well run guided kayak trip. our guides were excellent - warm, friendly and w didnt even get our feet wet! The kids absolutely loved it and the scenery is amazing. Loved the fact that is was a little bit challenging in parts but totally safe and toasting marshmallows with a glass of wine added a superb touch to... More 

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