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The Boatshed Kayaks

21 Amber Lane | Lake Karapiro, Cambridge 3494, New Zealand
+64 7-827 8286
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Awesome night's kayaking

We booked this kayak adventure many months ago but due to various reasons had to change the dates... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2016
Jeff T
via mobile
Fun Evening

Totally recommend this experience! We had a great night kayaking, the guides were friendly and... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2016
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.
  • Excellent86%
  • Very good11%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“glow worms” (80 reviews)
“kayak trip” (16 reviews)
“hot chocolate” (13 reviews)
21 Amber Lane | Lake Karapiro, Cambridge 3494, New Zealand
+64 7-827 8286
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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....More

Thank Jeff T
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
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...More

Thank ClassicalKiwi
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
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
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)....More

3  Thank Bruce W
Reviewed 30 May 2016

Had heaps of fun kayaking at the Lake. No waves, so kayaking was easy. Had a small stop in the middle and had some snacks provided by the hosts. Drifted back to the campsite slowly to see the glow worms. Was a great experience. Would...More

Thank 380samil
Reviewed 22 May 2016

A fun canoe trip on lake Karapiro, thru great scenery with only the noise of the paddles in the water. Stop for a wine & cheese & crackers by a small open fire to wait for the dark, then paddle back thru the gorge to...More

Thank Willy G
Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

Excellent experience and highly recommend it to others. The kayaking is comfortable and cruzy, great guides and we were lucky we had a stunning evening with clear skies filled with stars and moonlight. The night paddling through the gorge is a great experience with plenty...More

Thank CoachTJ
Reviewed 3 May 2016

Pleasant easy kayak trip on Lake Karapiro, an informative trip by the guide across the lake and up the canyon. An hours stop on the river bank with some cheese and bikkies and a glass of wine. The trip back through the canyon, all rafted...More

Thank Tom O
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Ehsan U
Is this experience safe with 3 year child on board?
22 December 2015|
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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.