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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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**Glow Worm Kayak Trip**

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... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2016
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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 do it again.

Thank 380samil
Hastings, New Zealand
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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 see the glow-worms. We had the most awesome star lite night with only the odd... More 

Thank Willy G
New Zealand
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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 of glow worms to see. The campfire with wine, cheese, crackers, hot chocolate and marshmallows... More 

Thank CoachTJ
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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 up at night was good, incredible number of glow worms. Generally a good trip.

Thank Tom O
Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

We did this as a family activity. It was fantastic, I encourage everyone to take a trip. My husband and son have kayaked before but this was my first time. Darby was patient and explained how to steer the kayaks. The trip up the stream in the late afternoon was beautiful. We stopped to enjoy cheese and crackers with wine... More 

Thank KashKlan
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

As a high end experience company one of the experiences we offer our own visitors is this particular glow worm kayak experience with The Boatshed Kayaks. We don't leave anything to chance with our own clients, so it is vital we work with top professionals. On the several occasions we have visited our clients have been blown away with not... More 

Valleyford, Washington
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Reviewed 19 April 2016

My wife and I booked this the day before. Thankfully, they were accommodating. The adventure started in a lake by docks about a 15 minute ride from their headquarters. We met first at Boatshed, filled out paperwork, then caravanned to the start point. We kayaked with our guide, Darby, and other members of our group across the lake to the... More 

Thank Matt_Vernon456
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Reviewed 8 April 2016

Great fun paddling up a little side stream on lake karapiro to find a canyon full of glow worms. Lovely guides - very informative and helpful

Thank kwlap
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Was really awesome. Can recommend this for family's. We had a great time time! Very organized and well run. Thanks.

Thank Lisa L
Newmarket, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Three of us had made a booking to hire paddle boards for an hour. We turned up and got ignored by the staff member while he sorted out numerous other people and their kayaks, then disappeared for almost an hour to drop some people off and left us sitting in a shed waiting no idea when he was coming back.... More 

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