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2-Hour Waikato River Guided Kayak Trip from Taupo

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    This 2-hour guided kayaking trip departs from the retail store in the Taupo Town Centre. 
    You will travel a short 5-minute drive from the store in the complimentary shuttle service to the river where the kayaks will be unloaded. You will put on your kayak gear including the spray jackets and life-jackets. 
    Have a training session on the basics of how to paddle and the safety aspects involved for the trip. You will then have a departure photo before starting your journey. Once you are on the water you will practice some paddle strokes in the lagoon before starting the journey down the mighty Waikato River.  
    You will travel past Cherry Island which was formerly a popular family outing with an animal park and café. Stop off below the Taupo Bungy drop zone, on a good day you will get to see a few people bungy and swing.
    Then continue the paddle down the river to the hot thermal stream that enters the river for a soak in the healing thermal waters. From here it is a short trip to the famous Reids Farm, a camp site on the banks of the river, popular with tourists in the summer months where the journey ends.
    Here you will be greeted by the shuttle driver who will have a warm or cold drink waiting for you depending on the season. The trailer will be loaded before you head off for the short trip back to the retail base where there are toilet facilities and changing rooms for you to use. You will also be provided with the details of where to get the complimentary tour photos from.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Amazing activity to do on a sunny day, in winter or summer. Awesome guide with awesome stories about the Maori culture. The cravings are really impressive to see up close. Definitely recommend it ! Lots of love from Belgium !

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank gillardluka1
    CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Hi, Thanks for a fantastic review! We also think the carvings are an impressive piece of art that we are lucky enough to be able to share with our guests! See you next time Canoe and Kayak Taupo

    Reviewed 20 June 2019

    Best kayak trip from taupo hands down. Tom(tour guide) was funny, friendly and definitely knowledgeable. 11/10 would visit again. Crazy views, lots of cool information and story, loved it!

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Yiejietchow
    CanoeandKayakTaupo, Owner at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2019

    Thanks so much for a great review - glad you enjoyed it!!

    Reviewed 31 May 2019 via mobile

    The 2 hour guided kayak tour was an incredibly fun way to spend our day. Tom was a fantastic guide, very friendly, knowledgeable and a great storyteller keeping us well entertained throughout. The whole experience was very relaxing and serene, in the beautiful river. Highlights...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2019

    Hi, thanks for such a positive review! We are glad you enjoyed the spectacular scenery that the Waikato River has to offer. We agree that Tom is a great guide with all the best stories! Hope to see you again. Cheers, Canoe and Kayak Taupo

    Reviewed 27 May 2019 via mobile

    Kayak was great despite the rain! Guide was knowledge and friendly, took great photos. Hot springs are amazing, especially in winter!More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Clyons19
    CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2019

    Hi, Thanks for leaving us a review. We never let a little rain stop us from going on an adventure down the Mighty Waikato River, so thank you for coming on the adventure with us! The hot pools are definitely a must in winter!! Hope...More

    Reviewed 16 May 2019 via mobile

    Our family absolutely loved our kayak trip down Waikato River with Andi - water was so clear, kids loved getting pushed along by the current (so it wasn’t hard work paddling) and the stop off at the hot spa was such a fantastic treat! Don’t...More

    Thank Discover150376
    CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2019

    Hi Guys, Thanks for leaving us a great review! We are delighted you found our tour to be the highlight of your time in Taupo! Hope to see you again next time. Cheers, Canoe and Kayak Taupo

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    No I don't imagine so, you won't get too wet when you're paddling.
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