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Kayak the Waikato River Taupo provided by Taupo Kayaking Adventures

Kayak the Waikato River Taupo

Kayak the Waikato River Taupo
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
16
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 36755P2
Important information
Inclusions
  • Full instructions and commentary
  • Professional and experienced guide
  • Top quality kayaking equipment
  • Safety gear
  • Muffins or a light refreshment
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Transport to starting Point: On request only (if you don't have your own car) Call to arrange.
  • Gear List: Please refer to our Gear list tab on our website for what to wear and bring.
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Gates Park, Rangatira Park, Taupō 3330, New Zealand
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Inclusions
  • Full instructions and commentary
  • Professional and experienced guide
  • Top quality kayaking equipment
  • Safety gear
  • Muffins or a light refreshment
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Transport to starting Point: On request only (if you don't have your own car) Call to arrange.
  • Gear List: Please refer to our Gear list tab on our website for what to wear and bring.
Departure details
  • Gates Park, Rangatira Park, Taupō 3330, New Zealand
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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Yamez16
Chongqing, China49 contributions
We really enjoyed kayaking down a part of the Waikato river with our guide. The weather was great, scenery fantastic and the service excellent. Our guides Hewitt and Rob were chatty, friendly and knowledgeable, also laid back and funny. The experience was very peaceful and fun. Thanks!
Written January 31, 2020
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Lisa C
Hi there. It is great to hear you had a fantastic experience on our Waikato River Float tour - it's a pretty great way to relax on a nice day. We will be sure to pass on you kind words to our guides. Thank you for leaving a review!
Written February 9, 2020
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Krystal T
2 contributions
Apr 2022
Lovely, calm trip down the Waikato. We did the Family Float and it was great for all ages, from the Grandparents to 5 year old. Guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Beautiful scenery. A great first kayak trip.
Written April 23, 2022
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Alison K
Birmingham, UK107 contributions
We had hoped to kayak to the Maori rock carvings, but high winds on the lake forced us to look for other options. The Waikato River float to the Otumuheke hot springs was a lovely alternative. Not exactly strenuous if you’re looking for adventure, but absolutely stunning and we never felt unsafe. TKA took great care of us! This would be the perfect activity for a larger group of varying fitness levels!
Written March 19, 2020
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Lisa C
Hi. We are sorry we were unable to run our Maori Rock Carvings tour, but it is fantastic to hear that you had a great time kayaking on the river - it is definitely a great way to relax. Thank you for the review!
Written June 3, 2020
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Saaga
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
Jun 2020
This is my 1st time kayaking experience. Thanks to my instructor and to the good weather. Waikato river float will calm your mind for sure. A serene and beautiful experience. We stopped at a hot pool for about 20 minutes. At the end, the team was waiting with muffins, hot chocolate, coffee and tea.
Written June 3, 2020
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Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. It is great to hear that you had a lovely and relaxing time with our guides on the Waikato River Float Trip. We hope that this is the first of many adventures kayaking for you! Many thanks again.
Written January 20, 2021
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Greg B
Launceston, Australia24 contributions
A relaxing way to see the thermal springs and the beautiful river. Gentle paddle with teenage daughters.
Written December 25, 2018
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Hi Greg, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are really glad that you and your family enjoyed and had a chance to unwind during the 'Waikato river float' tour! Thank you for coming on a tour with us.
Written June 21, 2019
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MrsWinter4
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK63 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
I'm not a strong kayaker but I didn't need to be - this was a wonderful, gentle paddle down the Waikato river with lots of fun with the youngsters along the way! It's a great opportunity to see the Taupo Bungy from a different angle (we paused along the way to watch and listen to the screaming jumpers!) and the river current moves you along at a steady pace.
Plenty of fun to be had for the youngsters - paddle splashing each other and even stand up 'kayak' boarding! Despite shouts of "Stand Up Auntie", I declined and remained safely seated whilst watching them paddling, wobbling and eventually falling in! Lifejackets are mandatory so it's all safe.
There's an opportunity to stop on the way down to rest and relax in the hot, hot pools - what a treat for those who wanted to.
Great way to spend an afternoon even when it started raining - even more magical in my view.
Guides were knowledgeable, fun and strong enough to pull large adults back into their kayaks! And they provided hot drinks and fab chocolate muffins at the end!
Written January 22, 2018
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We also think it is a great activity to do! Watching the Bungy is always a great laugh. Glad you had fun!
Written March 9, 2018
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Caroline D
Wellington, New Zealand102 contributions
We floated down the Waikato with Phillip, and it was a fantastic trip which my eight year old daughter and I really enjoyed. We shared a kayak and it was an easy trip, on the clear river. We stopped so my daughter could use a rope swing and jump into the river, and to enjoy the hot water springs and were met at the end by Jake with hot drinks and muffins. We enjoyed them, and another rope swing, while the guides packed up the kayaks. They also took photos and shared on FB, so we had pictures without risking our camera.
I recommend this trip for a really enjoyable, kid friendly two hour trip while in Taupo.
Written January 18, 2018
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So happy you enjoyed your float trip! You can never play on enough rope swings!
Written March 9, 2018
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Michelle
Arbroath, UK83 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
A fabulous few hours kayaking slowly down stream (I’m not fully mobile but I still managed) stopped off at thermal pools (these were very busy) but it was a nice break from paddling the kayak. Guild takes pictures of the tour and we really enjoyed this trip. Definitely recommend.
Written January 7, 2020
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Lisa C
Hi there. It's great to hear that you had relaxing trip on our Waikato River Float tour, the hotpool stop is definitely a great way to unwind. Thank you for the kind feedback.
Written February 9, 2020
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Ash
Napier, New Zealand6 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
Really enjoyable float along the Waikato in kayaks; It was a great activity for our kids aged 10 and 11 years; we enjoyed the hot springs.
Written October 25, 2017
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Glad you had a good time! The hot springs are awesome! thanks
Written March 9, 2018
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Aaron W
Orem, UT24 contributions
Feb 2020
A great trip, then scenery was beautiful and (very) well guided. Loved Rob as our guide: Happy, friendly, knowlegable
Written February 12, 2020
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Lisa C
It's great to hear you had an enjoyable time paddling down the Waikato River. We will be sure to pass on your very kind words to Rob.
Written February 18, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Vickigoodall1978
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Fantastic morning on beautiful Lake Taupo
We would highly recommend choosing Taupo Kayaking Adventures. Legend was absolutely fantastic - so personable and k
PaigeP168
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Amazing Tour Guide, Beautiful Scenery
Had a wonderful time Kayaking with our tour guide Legend. We learned so much from him and had perfect weather to ex
K1479XApamelas
K1479XApamelas
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Stunning Day Out On The Lake
We got incredibly lucky with having a beautiful sunny day out on the water, and very calm conditions. The whole exp
jaxandrean
jaxandrean
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The guide, the experience, the scenery, everything was amazing.
Amazing experience! Recommend everyone to try this. The guide Seamus was awesome. Thrilling experience! And you can
charlie s
charlie s
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Great day out on the lake.
Really enjoyed this trip. It was a great way to see Lake Taupo. The staff were fun, organised, efficient and friend
Mangokidd93
Mangokidd93
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Amazing Guide!
The guide was amazing! I forgot his name...i even asked twice... he made our ride very pleasant and he was very pro
WahineMouPotae
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Sheer Wanderlust!
Matt was our tour guide and my partner and I and our 7yr old boy had an amazing journey on Lake Taupo with him. Pr
Jaijaif
Jaijaif
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Kayak Trip to the Rock Carvings
Called up in the morning and more than happy to find us a double kayak to take out 30mins later. A great way to spe
anneajourneyaway
anneajourneyaway
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Give it a go - you won't regret it.
If you're looking for fun, adventure, and great company, then this is for you. Elgan and Rob were fantastic guides,
Noony18
Noony18
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Maori carvings
We had an amazing morning on the lake going to see the Maori carvings. Brett was our guide and told us local tales
MichaelG135
MichaelG135
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Great fun and yummy afternoon tea
We booked this as a last minute thing, and I'm glad we did. In a group of 8, all with doube kayaks, we paddled t
SprungerJ
SprungerJ
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Awesome time!
Our guide Brett was fun and professional! Also met Lisa, the owner. Both were so friendly! Mountain biked for the f
stephmabob
stephmabob
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Brett was the best!
Great day kayaking to the Maori rock carvings. Our guide was very helpful and kind. Had lots of fun. If we are ever
greghJ2308TD
greghJ2308TD
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Beautiful lake plus great guide equals a fantastic experience
Teenage son and I did the half day kayaking trip to the Maori rock carvings. It was a truly wonderful experience an
ianbN8811WZ
ianbN8811WZ
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Great way to spend a morning.
Great day out. Firstly we were really impressed with the equipment. Fully kitted out sea kayaks with spraydecks and
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