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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...more
21 Amber Lane | Lake Karapiro, Cambridge 3494, New Zealand
+64 7-827 8286
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Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

We had really awsome guides Febie and James. Made sure everything was undercontrol.I have never kayaked before but got the hang of it really quick..overall a must do activity.

Thank AlengaM
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

We had the most wonderful trip. It was a beautiful kaykak to the halfway point with such lovley scenery and once it got dark and we when back it was the most magical site ive seen. Guides were lovely.

Thank CheriA83
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Just south of Cambridge, the kayaking experience does not require special skills, but common sense, and a level of fitness in the upper body to enjoy the ride. The lake was smooth and the day overcast the first time we did this, and the second...More

Thank secondscount
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

What an amazing finish of our 3 days tour. This is a must thing to do in Waikato region. I recommend this to everyone even who never did Kayak before to get unique and different experience. Our tour guy is fabulous. This trip was just...More

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Richard C, Owner at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2018

Thanks for your comments we are lucky with the quality of our guides .Cheers Richard

Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Thanks so much for an amazing experience. This trip was fantastic. Well run and something teenage boys also really enjoyed. The glow worms were great to see as well. This is a trip not to be missed!

Thank Shona2013
Reviewed 28 June 2018

These guys are great and it’s a cheaper and more convenient alternative to visiting Waitomo. This is a very casual trip and great for groups, families, or couples. This experience is actually more popular with locals rather than foreigners. On our trip, my husband and...More

Thank Alison R
Richard C, Owner at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2018

Thank you for your review Alison! Lovely to hear you enjoyed our tour. Hope to see you again!

Reviewed 7 June 2018

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. It is non-commercialized, meaning you are not bombarded with opportunities to buy souveniers and photos. It is a simple kayak run out to a turn-around point. At that point you'll enjoy S'mores, crakers and cheese, hot chocolate,...More

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Richard C, Owner at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2018

Thank you for your review. glad to hear you enjoyed it will pass comments on to Shaun :)

Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

We did the glow worm trip as a surprise for visiting family. The staff were brilliant, nice that the owner is out there doing it too! The bonfire, wine and nibbles was such a bonus, really made the night special. Can’t fault this company or...More

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Richard C, Owner at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Thanks for your review! Awesome to hear you and your family enjoyed your tour. See you next time.

Reviewed 13 May 2018

I visited with my family about 4 weeks ago, looking forward to enjoying the beauty of Lake Karipiro. Unfortunately, right from the start, the indifferent attitude of the staff, coupled with the overall poor condition of the kayaks did not bode well for what we...More

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Richard C, Owner at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Hi there, we are a booking essential company. Which tour was it that you were booked on? We can not seem to see a booking for you in our records? Our tours are great for families and as we are a fully adventure mark audited...More

Reviewed 30 April 2018

At first I was not to keen on the idea of kayaking at dark but by the nights end I was so glad my wife booked this trip. The paddle up the stream was a little difficult but the guides are always with you and...More

Thank Alfred R
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4 August 2018|
Response from Shona2013 | Reviewed this property |
You would need to check with the company. I got Grab one tickets which made it cheaper.
12 June 2018|
Response from Richard C | Property representative |
You can launch from the Boatshed you might need to carry down depending how busy we are ,and you can paddle to waterfalls from there .The glowworms trip is a outdoor adventure audited trip ,so we don,t encourage people to do... More
Ehsan U
21 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.