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About The Boatshed Kayaks

Operating at Lake Karapiro for close to 15 years, we at The Boatshed Kayaks are dedicated to providing a one-stop shop for all your kayaking needs. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new vessel or just to hire and explore, we’ve got a huge selection of products and services for you to choose from!

Owner Richard Clark boasts a background of 14 years in multi-sport paddling, including 11 Coast to Coast races, so you can rest assured that you’re in the best possible hands, whether you’re getting a lesson from one of his fantastic team or advice on exactly the right kayak for you.

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Great experience!

We took part in the Cambridge to Tamahere kayak trip down the beautiful Waikato River. It was so much fun and as it was my first kayak trip I found it a lot easier than I thought it would be. Our lunch was included plus a snack to have on the way. We definitely recommend!

– Sarah A. | TripAdvisor
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Glowworm Tour was amazing!

What an awesome tour! Blake was a great guide. Wine on the banks of the river, then kayaking in the dark - the glow worms were just amazing! Unforgettable adventure-really well done!

– Marie G. | TripAdvisor
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Excellent Glowworm tour!

Had a great evening kayaking into the unknown, stopping for some hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows then down to business in the dark and seeing the awesome sight of glow worms then back across the river in the dark. The night sky was amazing without any light pollution!

– Richard H. | TripAdvisor
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Great staff and experience!

Wonderful location. Lake Karapiro was beautiful and still on the day of our visit, and perfectly suitable for less experienced kayakers and younger children. The mix of open lake and narrower inlets provided a nice variety. We thoroughly enjoyed our kayaking experience

– Rachel U. | TripAdvisor
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Fantastic kayak tour!

What a fun tour, the whole family thoroughly enjoyed their experience. The two tour guides, James and Harvey made it even better. Quite a bit of light banter to lighten the mood and entertain us all. Highly recommended and would love to do it again.

– Charles M. | TripAdvisor