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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$70.60*
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Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Carvings from Taupo
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US$42.08*
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2-Hour Waikato River Guided Kayak Trip from Taupo

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Absolutely fantastic - 5 star experience!!!

We just spent a wonderful afternoon kayaking with our fantastic tour guide Dave! I was a first time kayaker and my mind was instantly put at ease by his knowledge and guidance. As... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Katie B
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We just spent a wonderful afternoon kayaking with our fantastic tour guide Dave! I was a first time kayaker and my mind was instantly put at ease by his knowledge and guidance. As my other half said, we probably could have spent the whole day in the canoe, chatting as we made our way down the river. Really couldn't recommend... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Rob took us on a hjourney along the mighty Waikato river, stopping below the stunning Taupo Bungy jump site and making time for us to soak in the famous spa park thermal hot springs, it was the most relaxing kayaking trip we've ever experienced.

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

Hi Robin, Thanks for a fantastic review! We are glad to hear you had a great time on our Waikato River Float Tour. Taupo is full of natural wonders and we love that we can share one of the best ones with our clients! Enjoy the rest of your travels. All the team at Canoe and Kayak Taupo. More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great morning kayaking out to Maori carvings. Guide (can't remember her name sorry) was a down to earth girl who was an expert kayaker. Its not a hard paddle, great for beginners.

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

Hey guys, thanks so much for the review! Sounds like Kate was your guide - I'll pass on the lovely feedback. Thanks again and safe travels, Laura and the whole team at Canoe and Kayak Taupo More 

Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were really looking forward to kayaking on the lake. Our guide was great and we enjoyed ourselves although the winds really came up, the swells became a bit much for some of the group and we had to turn around early. It is good to know that they put safety first.

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

Hey guys, thanks so much for the great review and your appreciation for safety. It is always our highest priority but sometimes we know it can be disappointing if our guests miss out on seeing the Maori rock carvings. It does not happen often but we will always make sure our customers safety is put first! We are very pleased... More 

Taupo, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kate and Dave were so friendly. We loved this trip even though the weather was bad. Stopping and soaking in the hot water is amazing!

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

Hey Mike, thanks for joining us and having such a great attitude when the weather was less than ideal! Sometimes the 'liquid sunshine' creates the most memorable experiences :) We hope that was the case and are so pleased that Dave and Kate showed you a great time! Hopefully next time your in Taupo, the sun will be shining and... More 

Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

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

Hey there, thanks so much for the wonderful review! You are too kind :) We are so pleased that you had a great time and enjoyed Kate's company. Many thanks, Laura and the whole team at Canoe and Kayak Taupo More 

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Reviewed 18 March 2017 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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Reviewed 4 March 2017 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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Reviewed 27 February 2017 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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Reviewed 27 February 2017

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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