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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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Great night out with the family

I took my family along (5 adults in total, ages ranged from 18 - 50+) but you could easily take younger families and they'd enjoy it just as much. The guides that took us were... read more

Reviewed 26 January 2016
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 January 2016

I took my family along (5 adults in total, ages ranged from 18 - 50+) but you could easily take younger families and they'd enjoy it just as much. The guides that took us were awesome, very friendly, approachable and organised. They gave very clear instructions and easily handled the large group of us - we were all set up... More 

Thank lys007
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 January 2016

A great half day outing! We had picked a hot day for it and it was lovely and cool around the waterfalls. With only a small amount of experience I was unsure how it would go, but with Richard's instructions I was soon at ease and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I would definitely recommend taking a camera in a waterproof pouch... More 

Thank barbsg2014
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 January 2016

We did the glowworm evening Kayak trip. A little more information on the website about clothing and shoes would have been helpful. But apart from that the organisation for the trip was fine. Timing is dependent on sunset, so we had quite a wait before we set off in the Kayaks. I haven't done much kayaking at all, so I... More 

Thank Lyndam135
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 January 2016

We did the glowworm kayak trip. The guides were proficient and friendly. They gave excellent instructions on the best way to kayak. The kayaks were good and the guides made sure that they were set up to suit us. We paddled roughly half an hour up stream and then stopped on the side of the river for a little wine,... More 

1 Thank NicoleDann
Hamilton, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 17 December 2015 via mobile

My teenage daughters and I had a wonderful night kayak trip to see the glow worms at karapiro!! The two young tour guides were professional and entertaining. Definitely a must do for anyone travelling in the area. It's a fabulous chance to see the beauty of kiwi bush!!

Thank cmayb
Auckland NZ
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Reviewed 13 December 2015

Did the '3 hour' gloworm kayak tour and thoroughly enjoyed it, however were a little disappointed we didn't do more paddling through NZ scenery or perhaps even a little more around Lake Karapiro as it was very much in the boats, paddle up stream, have drink, drift back down. In saying that, the gloworms were stunning and the guides brilliant... More 

1 Thank camclanAucklandNZ
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 December 2015 via mobile

Awesome weather. Had a terrific time. The guides were great and we really enjoyed ourselves. Well worth the money. Recommend to everyone. Awesome experience.

Thank Rayray077
Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 30 November 2015

Did the three hr glow worm kayak tour on Friday night. It was pouring with rain, but the trip was still amazing and worthwhile. The tour guide was really friendly and very knowledgeable, giving us a good overview of the history of the area and information about the glow worms. Loved the stop for toasted marshmallows and cheese and crackers... More 

Thank natalie75
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Reviewed 25 November 2015

It was such a beautiful night. For a first timer in kayaking, I had a lot of fun. Our two guides Jed and Darby were very helpful and reassuring. It was fun having the bonfire and roasting marshmallows. Once it was dark, we continued with our trip to see the glow worms so close to our face. It was such... More 

Thank win2126
1 review
Reviewed 14 November 2015 via mobile

This was an absolutely amazing and beautiful evening. An easy kayaking experience for first timers, a lovely picnic bonfire while we waited for darkness to settle in, blissful guided glow-worm raft tour, and friendly guides with lots of can do attitude, enthusiasm and knowledge. Thank you so much for sharing this with us :) Highly recommend.

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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review! glad to hear you had a great time! look forward to seeing you again. More 

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