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Address: 54 Spa Road, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
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Explore Lake Taupo and the Waikato River with Taupo's specialist Kayak...

Explore Lake Taupo and the Waikato River with Taupo's specialist Kayak Store - Canoe and kayak Taupo! Choose from 2 fully guided tours: *Maori Carvings Tour (4 hours - $95 per person) Kayak on Australasia's largest fresh water lake to the impressive Maori Carvings (15m high) while gazing towards 3 live Volcano's across beautiful Lake Taupo. Combine kayaking on crystal clear waters, swimming, exploring nearby caves, learning about the cultural and historical significance while being entertained by your qualified, friendly and knowledgable guide. The carvings are only accessible by boat and this is an experience not to be missed during your stay in Taupo.*Waikato River Float Trip (2 hours - $49 per adult, $29 per child) Cruise the Waikato River on the ultimate scenic kayak tour. You will kayak past various Islands, paddle underneath the Taupo Bungy site and even stop at natural hot pools for a soak in waters up to 40 degrees. No experience necessary, all equipment and guides are provided. We look forward to hearing from you. Dave, Laura and the whole team at Canoe & Kayak Taupo

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US$71.28*
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Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Carvings from Taupo
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US$42.48*
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2-Hour Waikato River Guided Kayak Trip from Taupo

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Kayak to the Maori Carvings

Canoe & Travel supplied us with all of our gear for the kayak half day tour to the Maori carvings. Our guide, Kate, was helpful in preparing us for the trip and knowledgeable of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Canoe & Travel supplied us with all of our gear for the kayak half day tour to the Maori carvings. Our guide, Kate, was helpful in preparing us for the trip and knowledgeable of the story behind the carvings. Definitely add this to your list of things to do while in Taupo.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great Kayak trip with Rob, who not only was super kind, relaxed and fun he also did a "Roll" for us. Would recommend it to every one to book a trip with these guys!

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Canoe-Kayak-Taupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this review

Hi Ellen, Thank you for a fantastic review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your trip and got to see the skill of rolling from one of our guides! We hope to see you again soon! From all the team at Canoe and Kayak Taupo More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a beginners trip down the river to the hot springs. 1/2 hour then 1/2 swim in the hot springs, then a short paddle down the river to get a lift back. Rob was brilliant gave a lot of info advice and tuition. Beautiful clear waters a little bit of small rapids. We had a brilliant earlier morning trip... More 

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Canoe-Kayak-Taupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your trip down the beautiful Waikato River and enjoyed the knowledge of our guide. We pride ourselves on being able to provide fun and exciting kayaking trips for all ages and skill levels. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes from the team at Canoe... More 

Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a nice relaxing activity, perfect for the family or if your not feeling super active, nice little stopoff at the hot pools and a bit of swimming. Loved it

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Canoe-Kayak-Taupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for a great review! We are glad to hear you loved our Float Trip down the Beautiful Waikato River! As Taupo brings a lot of families all year round, we love that we have a fun family activity for all ages to enjoy! Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, All the team at Canoe and Kayak Taupo More 

Brisbane
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love to kayak so my review may not be entirely objective. We did the kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings. They have a reasonably interesting story (not the usual tale of ancient carvings -they were carved in the 1970's but a good story nonetheless). The kayak route crosses two bays and we had a beautiful calm morning to glide... More 

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Canoe-Kayak-Taupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this review

Hi! Thanks for the raving review! We always enjoying hearing our customers had a great time on our trips! We are definitely lucky to have such a beautiful lake right on our doorstep! We look forward to seeing you again. Cheers, All the team at Canoe and Kayak Taupo More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Fun & informative kayak trip to view the Maori carvings, with a stop for a swim and a snack on the way back. Our guide Kyle did a great job. Beautiful views of the mountains from the lake.

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Canoe-Kayak-Taupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this review

Hi Hannah, Thanks for an awesome review! We are glad to hear you loved your trip to the Maori Rock Carvings and that you were impressed with your guide. We hope to see you again soon - Maybe a relaxing Waikato River trip next time? Cheers, All the crew at Canoe and Kayak Taupo. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

A fantastic experience kayaking on the Waikato river. I would definitely do it again. Staff were so friendly and our guide Kate was great..

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Canoe-Kayak-Taupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this review

What an awesome review, thanks!! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your time with Kate on the Beautiful Waikato River. We would love to have you with us for a second time, perhaps the Maori Carvings Trip next time?.. Cheers, All the crew at Canoe and Kayak Taupo More 

Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Relaxing paddle along the river with a a couple of stops for a swim in the river and at the hot pools. Gorgeous scenery.

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Canoe-Kayak-Taupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this review

Hi Bridget, Thanks for a wonderful review! We always love to hear that our guests had a great time on our tour and appreciated the beautiful scenery the Waikato River has to offer. Enjoy the rest of your travels. Cheers, All the crew at Canoe and Kayak Taupo More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We had a fun morning paddling to the Maori rock carvings! Emma was a knowledgable and fun guide. After paddling to the carvings we stopped and had some cookies, tea and a swim! Lake taupo is a beautiful lake to paddle on and swim in.

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Canoe-Kayak-Taupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this review

Hey Aaron, thanks for the great review! We take great pride in the knowledge and experience of our guides, so we are delighted to hear that Emma made your trip one to remember. As much as we shouldn't be biased, we definitely have one of the best places in New Zealand for Kayaking and Swimming! Cheers, All the crew at... More 

Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

We went on the kayak tour of the waikato river. Really nice staff and beautiful views from the river. Nothing to strenuous, nice and relaxing. The stop at the hot pools was a nice addition to the trip. Good way to pass the time on a warm summers day.

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Thank Kel F
Canoe-Kayak-Taupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for leaving us great feedback! We are glad to hear you had a nice, relaxing time on our trip and enjoyed the hot pools - they are definitely a beautiful, not so secret, spot in Taupo. Kind regards, Canoe and Kayak Taupo Team More 

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