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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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We had a great time on the glow worm trip, the organisers were very helpful in getting us the discounted price as we were unable to attend at an earlier time. Very helpful guides... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2016
Porirua, New Zealand
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Porirua, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We had a great time on the glow worm trip, the organisers were very helpful in getting us the discounted price as we were unable to attend at an earlier time. Very helpful guides, nice relaxing activity, glow worms were amazing, wine and cheese etc was very thoughtful, unbelievable to me that people are rating less than 5 due to... More 

1 Thank kiera68
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Awesome place, great staff. I would highly recommend this experience for watching glowworms. I can say that after having seen glowworms in waitomo caves

Thank Amitrai16
Whangarei, New Zealand
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

We went as a group friends and family. Lake Karapiro is stunning and from the time we arrived till we left we were taken care of. We enjoyed the nature & birds. Managed to reach the first waterfall and almost the second. A tree had fallen across our path and we could not proceed. The adventure was stunning and I... More 

Thank lollysmee
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

Three of us went on this kayaking tour to see what it was all about. It's certainly a great concept in as far as it's better than going to Waitomo to see glow-worms. The guides certainly knew their stuff & we were confident with having them right there with the group. A couple of things that are so easy to... More 

8 Thank robynchappell
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29 reviews
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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We booked this kayak adventure many months ago but due to various reasons had to change the dates on a number of occasions and the staff were fantastic organising these changes. We finally made it on the Friday of Labour Weekend and it was awesome. The staff were very informative throughout the evening. The trip consists of kayaking across the... More 

Thank Jeff T
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

Totally recommend this experience! We had a great night kayaking, the guides were friendly and helpful, and the glow worms were awesome.

Thank TeamMacca
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Afternoon/evening event. Kayaking in the dusk up beautiful canyons near Karapiro to a remote fireplace. The friendly guides gave us food and drink while we waited for true night to fall. Then form rafts and glide down river past the now glowing rock faces covered in beautiful enchanting lights. We did this in the middle of winter and it was... More 

Thank ClassicalKiwi
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 3 July 2016

Really enjoyed our visit to Boatshed kayak. Very, very cold. Would definitely recommend you wear gloves and waterproof shoes, pants and jacket!

Thank catherine_sykes
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 6 June 2016

if you only have one chance to see glow worms do this - it was amazing. great staff, easy kayak - beautiful glow worms and stars. everything was thought of..lovely low key fire and break in the middle...magical

Thank JOGray2013
2 reviews
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

Met at Boatshed. Basic safety briefing, little discussion, encouragement or explanation by staff. Traveled by own transport to Lake Karapiro launch site. Similar interaction with staff outfitting safety and dry gear, and explaining paddle techniques (no discussion, no engagement, bare necessities of explanation, no encouragement). At riverside campfire similar lack of encouragement and engagement of any and all persons. No... More 

3 Thank Bruce W

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