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Taupo Kayaking Adventures

Taupo, New Zealand
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Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo

Paddle a kayak to the magnificent Maori rock carvings on Lake Taupo with a half-day tour from Acacia Bay. You’ll learn the cultural significance behind the towering inscriptions, which were completed in 1980, and enjoy great views across the crystal-clear lake to the Tongariro Mountains. Approaching the Maori rock carvings by kayak means you can see them up close, passing native bush and tiny inlets, then floating right at the base of the cliff. Both morning and afternoon departures are available and beginning paddlers are welcome.
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4 hours
from $76.56

Kayak the Waikato River Taupo

Searching for a convenient and relaxing way to explore the longest river in New Zealand, the Waikato? Discover the secret beauty of the river on this kayaking tour. Spend roughly two hours winding through the river’s slow-moving waters past forests, islands, swimming holes, and the famous Taupo Bungy platform. Finish the tour by soaking in natural hot springs and a enjoying a refreshment at a riverside campground.
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2 hours
from $55.68

Great Lake Taupo Mountain Bike and Kayak Package

Explore the northeastern end of Lake Taupo by both land and water with a combo bike and kayak tour from Taupo. You'll start by biking from Acacia Bay to Kinloch along the W2K section of the Great Lake Trail on a 2- to 2.5-hour ride. Then enjoy lunch before hopping in a kayak to paddle from Whakaipo Bay to the Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay.
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8 hours
from $264.46

Great Lake Trail Lake Taupo 2-Day Mountain Biking Tour

Western Bay Scenic 2 Day Mountain Biking Tour

Ride the Great Lake Trail on this 2-day Grade 3 mountain biking tour, a perfect way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Great Lake Taupo region. You will be biking the 19.5 km Kawakawa section (Orakau & K2K) on Day 1 and the 21km W2K section on Day 2. The Great Lake Trail is one of the most popular trails of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network. You will be riding along undulating pumice trails through native forest and wetlands, where the landscape unfolds to reveal stunning views across the water to the majestic volcanic mountains of the Tongariro National Park. Dramatic scenery combines with serene lake views, powerful waterfalls, native bird song and incredible trail quality to deliver an unforgettable experience.
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2 days
from $160.07
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Saaga wrote a review Jun 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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anne.lim wrote a review May 2020
Wellington, New Zealand16 contributions2 helpful votes
If you're looking for fun, adventure, and great company, then this is for you. Elgan and Rob were fantastic guides, going out of their way to make sure I was comfortable and well taken care of. Not only were they great with getting photos (so that your experience is captured), they also spun some great yarns. Despite the fact that I was the only customer on the tour, I felt relaxed and at ease. The kayaking itself wasn't strenuous - if anything, I enjoyed the challenge (although my arms may need some time at the hot springs now!). There's ample time to get out to the carvings and back, and also time to admire the lake and its tranquility. We stopped for delicious muffins and refreshments along the way, which really added to the experience. Nothing like being able to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city. The owners were also helpful, assisting with pick up and drop off from Taupo. That was important for me as I didn't have my own transport. Thanks, team. Overall a fantastic experience - I look forward to seeing what else TKA has to offer the next time I return to Taupo.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Response from Lisa C, Owner at Taupo Kayaking Adventures
Responded Jun 3, 2020
Hi Anna. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. It is fantastic to hear you had a great trip with Elgan and Rob, I will be sure to pass on you kind words. Our mission at TKA is to create an enjoyable experience for people to explore the outdoors and the beautiful region of Taupo, so I am very happy you felt safe with our team. Thank you for the review and we hope to see you in the future!
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Alison K wrote a review Mar 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom102 contributions21 helpful votes
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!
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Response from Lisa C, Owner at Taupo Kayaking Adventures
Responded Jun 3, 2020
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!
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Amanda wrote a review Mar 2020
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We had an amazing morning on the lake going to see the Maori carvings. Brett was our guide and told us local tales and about the area, he was a great guide. The hot chocolate and coffee with a muffin was much appreciated at the halfway point. We thoroughly enjoyed our morning and would recommend going on be of their trips. It was Awesome!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Lisa C, Owner at Taupo Kayaking Adventures
Responded Jun 3, 2020
Hello. It is fantastic to hear you had a lovely morning kayaking to the Maori rock carvings. We will make sure to pass on your praise to Brett. Thank you for the review!
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Michael G wrote a review Mar 2020
Canberra, Australia36 contributions12 helpful votes
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 to the Maori Carvings and back with a break for tea/coffee/hot-chocalate and muffins, plus a swim. Rob was our guide, and he was informative, funny and genuine. We really had a great time, and would recommend this activity to anyone... Fact check guys - Lake Taupo is not the biggest fresh water lake in the southern hemisphere. At 616 sq km, it is dwarfed by three lakes in Africa: Lake Victoria 68,800 sq km + Lake Tanganyika 32,900 sq km + Lake Malawi 29,600 sq km. Even Lake Argyle in Australia is larger at 1,000 sq km. Just saying :) Regardless it was a great activity to take in the natural beauty of Lake Taupo as well as the beautiful Maori carvings.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Lisa C, Owner at Taupo Kayaking Adventures
Responded Jun 3, 2020
Hi Michael. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and updating us on some facts. I am very pleased you enjoyed your tour with TKA!
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