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The Boatshed Kayaks

21 Amber Lane | Lake Karapiro, Cambridge 3494, New Zealand
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Great fun, great food

I have been out to the cafe several times, including once to use their conference room for a... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2013
janette555
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Cambridge, New Zealand
Kayak and Glow-worm trip

Had an absolutely fabulous time. Guides were knowledgeable and friendly and I had such a great time... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2013
muzikluffa
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Auckland, 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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21 Amber Lane | Lake Karapiro, Cambridge 3494, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

I have been out to the cafe several times, including once to use their conference room for a business meeting. Twice I have also used the Kayaks and both times have really enjoyed the experience. Well worth checking out this place and if you use...More

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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2014

were glade you enjoyed your experience with us. thanks for taking the time to post some feedback.

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Reviewed 2 November 2013

Had an absolutely fabulous time. Guides were knowledgeable and friendly and I had such a great time I don't know why this isn't on all of the Locals' and tourists' to do list. Drifting back down the river in the dark amidst glow-worm laden banks...More

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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2013

hey guys, im glad you had a great evening out on the lake, it was great to have you along and your feed back is really appreciated. if you have any local friends or even friends from out of town that want to do the...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2013

The weather forecast did not look promising leading up to the trip and we were worried we were going to be cold and miserable or that the trip would get cancelled. Everyone else in the group actually backed out but we already rented a car...More

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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2013

Thanks for the review guys. It was really great to have you all along. it just goes to show you that even with a few slight showers you can still have a great time out on the water. Theboatshedteam

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Reviewed 22 September 2013

This was a fantastic guide, learnt a lot about kayaking. Was very informative and the guide was fantastic ensuring everyone was comfortable and safe. Wonderful trip with awesome scenery

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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2013

Thanks for the review Carole, we really pride ourselves on providing safe and fun experiences for people of all skill levels. It was great to have you along. Theboatshedkayaksteam

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Reviewed 28 August 2013

We took seven 11 & 12 year old boys on this trip as a birthday outing. It was amazing. The kids absolutely raved about the experience. Richard is a very patient guide & the campfire, milos & marshmellows were just perfect. To see the glow...More

4  Thank Meredith K
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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2013

Haha no worries Meredith, it was great to have the boys along. Maybe next year will see them for the waterfalls trip. Theboatshedkayaksteam

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Reviewed 6 August 2013 via mobile

The Boatshed kayaks provide an excellent service in a great location on Lake Karapiro Waikato. The kayaking hire age side of the business provides a great service. Staff are very helpful. Great location on lake karapiro. Not to be missedMore

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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2013

Hi Janr20, Thanks for taking the time to post a comment on our page, we really do appreciate all the feedback we can get. we are currently running a deal on treatme.co.nz for our evening glow worms trip which you might be interested in. its...More

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

A kayak trip on Lake Karapiro to see the glow worms at night is a must for any visitor to Cambridge.You stop at the halfway point for nibbles/wine etc and then float back down through the glow worms

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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2013

Hi VM2, Thanks a lot for taking the time to post a comment on our page, we really appreciate all the feedback we can get. Kind Regards theboatshedteam

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Reviewed 14 July 2013

We had an awesome kayak trip with Elliot and four others saturday evening. Dont let the cool winter evenings put you off with some warm gear it was great. Had wine, cheese and toasted some marshmellows over a fire at the half way mark before...More

2  Thank Natalie B
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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2013

Hi Natalie, Thanks a lot for taking the time to post a comment on our page, we really appreciate all the feedback we can get. Ive updated a few of our glow worms images on our facebook page so be sure to check those out,...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2013

No better way to see glow-worms from the water in a kayak (as the brochure said and is so true). What an awesome experience we had. At the half way mark - a campfire roasting marshmallows with wine before heading back in darkness to witness...More

1  Thank Leigh B
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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2013

Hi leigh, Thanks a lot for taking the time to post a comment on our page we really appreciate all the feedback we can get. it was great to have you along and we look forward to seeing you again some time in the future....More

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Reviewed 10 May 2013

The Boatshed Kayaks have helped our family to organize a day-trip at Karapiro lake. Staff was very friendly and super-helpful. Me and my family have really enjoyed this fantastic trip.More

1  Thank Stas K
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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2013

Hi Stas, sorry this is a slow reply but thanks a lot for taking the time to post a comment on our page we really appreciate all the feedback we can get. the photos of your trip look great and were very glad you and...More

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Yolandi J
12 June 2018|
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Response from Richard C | Property representative |
You can launch from the Boatshed you might need to carry down depending how busy we are ,and you can paddle to waterfalls from there .The glowworms trip is a outdoor adventure audited trip ,so we don,t encourage people to do... More
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Ehsan U
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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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