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The Boatshed Kayaks
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Cambridge
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Owner description: 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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“Worth it!”
Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

It was our first time kayaking and the experience is unforgettable. Nice and freindly staff. Will visit again..

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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
were stoked you had a great trip to the waterfalls. you' ll have to come back and do one of our guided evening glow worms trips next time. thanks for posting your feedback.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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17 reviews
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“Untouched Paradise”
Reviewed 24 February 2014

Thank you so much for allowing us to experience the other world that is hiding up and around the corner. Just a gentle paddle up a river opens up a whole other world. With the sounds of nature to accompany the journey, you feel as though you are the only ones out there. There is a different and spectacular vista awaiting at each turn in the river. Only one word could describe the return journey in the dark - SPECTACULAR. Again the sounds of nature to accompany what was the most amazing evening. Definitely a must do. Thanks Elliott for sharing your paradise.

Visited February 2014
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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
your welcome guys. it was great to have you along. im stoked that you enjoyed our evening kayaking experience.
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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“A magical adventure”
Reviewed 19 February 2014 via mobile

This is a must do glow worm experience with a difference! We enjoyed every moment out on the lake and the service given! Was great to be back in the kayak and a lovely date night without the kids (though they would have loved it too). Nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and experience a slice of New Zesland the way early settlers would have. Staff super friendly and knowledgeable. The vino, cheese, chocolate and warm drink on the landing while waiting for night to call also a cosy touch to the evening (could imagine the fire going too, though bush was to dry at the moment). Then the finale; floating back through the canyon which was adorned with glow worms. This experience was like witnessing a fairy kingdom all lite up. We will definitely be taking any overseas visitors on this adventure. I must do New Zealand adventure with a great kiwi twist.

Visited February 2014
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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
wow, what a review! thanks so much for coming. im glade our team made your evening away from the kids and enjoyable one.
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Katikati, New Zealand
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“Beautiful Views”
Reviewed 22 December 2013

Lake Karapiro , what a beautiful & safe place to learn to kayak in. You paddle all the way up the
river to the camp fire and the kids loved roasting the marshmallows. After a drink & snacks you
float back down the river holding on to the other kayaks & you just relax as the guide paddles,
so you get to see all the glow worms in the bush area. Our Guide's were quite by nothing was a problem. And many thanks for posting back my sunnies. Serena

Visited December 2013
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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
thanks for the fantastic feedback, hopefully we will see you again some time.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“wow what an amazing evening - kayaks wine cheese & glow worms”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

Glow worm trip - Just wow the whole evening is amazing - the staff are brilliant - the place you kayak at is stunning, peaceful, relaxing just awesome then wine and cheese (or hot chocolate and tea!) and marshmallows toasted over a fire and lastly the relaxing float back in the dark to see the banks lined with beautiful glow worms which make it look magical (I don't normally use words like magical but it is the word that just fits!) - if you are booked and it is raining or has rained the glow worms are brighter, don't cancel!
Most people can do this, you don't need to be really fit and kids really enjoy it (but it is a late night!)

Visited November 2013
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Richard C, Manager at The Boatshed Kayaks, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. we appreciate all the feedback we can get. don't forget. if you have any friends or family wanting to do the trip we are happy to offer them the same rate of $59pp for the evening glow worms trip. just tell them to mention that they have been recommended by you.
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