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The Boatshed Kayaks

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21 Amber Lane | Lake Karapiro, Cambridge 3494, New Zealand
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Glow worm trip is fantastic

We took seven 11 & 12 year old boys on this trip as a birthday outing. It was amazing. The kids... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2013
Meredith K
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Te Awamutu, New Zealand
Boatshed kayaks lake karapiro stunning Spectaculat scenery

The Boatshed kayaks provide an excellent service in a great location on Lake Karapiro Waikato. The... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2013
Janr20
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Cambridge, 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 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

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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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Reviewed 8 May 2013

Was part of a group that did the evening glow worm trip for a work function. The guides were informative, chatty and friendly. I think your level of co-ordination is more important than your fitness! At times the kayaks challenge your sense of direction, but...More

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

Thanks for taking the time to post a review, I'm glad you and your colleagues had a great evening. We might see you again next year for a trip to the waterfalls or even down the Waikato to Hamilton.

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Reviewed 30 April 2013

My 9 year old daughter and I took the Glow worm trip last month and friends are sick of me raving about it. The kayaks were easy to paddle and it was a lot of fun watching people get used to the steering. The distance...More

1  Thank Chris R
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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2013

Thanks for the review chris it was great having you and your daughter along on the trip. Definitely a wise call in the insect spray, especially in the summer months. Theboatshedkayaksteam

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Reviewed 28 April 2013

Just do this! I did the night glow worm kayak, and it was awesome! The whole evening is great fun, kayaking through beautiful scenery, stopping for cheese and wine, then drifting back through what has now become a glow worm haven. All the gear was...More

1  Thank Holsizzle
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

Night time Glow worm tour. This was an amazing experience. Nicole and Elliot were great instructors, we felt totally safe with them and they knew their stuff. The glow worms were awesome. It was a relaxing, chilled evening, with a yummy snack provided too. I...More

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Ehsan U
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Hi there, We have a strict age limit of 5 years old. Due to adventure mark tourism regulations.
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