Kayak Options

The Boatshed Kayak Options

Kayak & Paddle Board Hire

Kayaks $25 3hrs/Paddle Boards $20 2hrs

Group Kayaking Activities

Hidden Karapiro Waterfalls (Unguided)

This is our most popular half day trip and is the perfect daytime activity for large groups with varied skill and fitness levels. The trip starts from The Boatshed and takes you across Lake Karapiro to a hidden inlet. The inlet offers access to two waterfalls which are only accessible via kayak. The first waterfall takes you up a narrow section of canyon which is draped in native ferns and is the easier of the two to access. The second takes you further along the inlet to a place which at first glance seems like a dead end. After ducking under a few ferns it opens up to a hidden stream which takes you through the forest to the more spectacular of the two waterfalls. This trip is unguided and open to those aged 5 and over. You will be given a map of the area and shown the best way to get to the waterfalls. You will be given a brief kayak lesson and helped with the set-up of your kayak. The trip takes around 2hrs but you will have 3hrs to complete the trip. There are a number of great spots to get out and swim or to have lunch along the way so it pays to bring a towel and a change of clothes.

Hidden Karapiro Waterfalls (Guided) This option is very similar as above, but is more suited to groups who have never kayaked before or are looking to do some additional on water team building activities along with the waterfalls trip.

Includes the possible addition of a safety IRB

Includes the addition of kayak guides (ratio 1:10)

Includes on water team building activities.

Time: 2 ½ Hours

Kayak Sail Race This option is very similar to above, but is more suited to groups who have never kayaked before or are looking to do some additional on water team building activities along with the waterfalls trip.

Includes the possible addition of a safety IRB

Includes the addition of kayak guides (ratio 1:10)

Includes on water team building activities.This activity obviously depends on a bit of wind and is usually run either on the way to the waterfalls or returning depending on wind direction.

Time frame: 2 ½ Hours

Stand up Paddle Boarding (unguided) The Boatshed Kayaks is now offering stand up paddle board hire on Lake Karapiro. Lake Karapiro offers a very safe and calm environment to try SUP for the first time. General hirage is $20 for two hours and includes your paddle, life jacket and paddle board as well as a brief introductory lesson. In the two hours it is possible to make it to at least one of the two hidden waterfalls if you’re feeling confident enough. 2hr hire. 

Introductory lesson. Max 7 pax. Additional boards are available on request at an extra charge.

The Evening Glow Worms Trip (Guided) This fantastic kayak adventure offers something very special for group functions. We start from the Epworth camp and kayak our way down a truly beautiful section of the Waikato River, to the Pokewhaenua stream. With stunning twilight lake views we head under the Pokewhaenua Bridge and into the glow-worm canyon. Draped with native ferns, the canyon offers a true slice of New Zealand Beauty, and as the light fades away the unique incandescence of the glow-worms start to shine from the surrounding walls. After a quick glass of some of New Zealand’s finest wines (hot drink for the drivers) complimented with some tasty cheeses had over the warmth of a campfire, it’s back in the boats, as we drift slowly down stream using only the light from the glow-worms. Viewing glow-worms from a kayak on the surface of the water is a whole different experience from seeing them inside a cave like at Waitomo. We have a minimum age of five years. This trip requires only a moderate level of fitness. We recommend that people bring light warm clothing (NO JEANS!) Warm waterproof jackets will be provided and waterproof pants will be available. The trip departs from the Boatshed at 21 Amber Lane, RD2, Cambridge, which is a short 15min drive from the Epworth camp. Transport is not provided – we will travel to and from Epworth Camp in a convoy so ensure you have enough petrol. The trip is fully guided by experienced Boatshed guides and all the kayak equipment is provided. Trip departure times very depending on daylight hours and there is a minimum group size of 4 people.There is a maximum group size of 16 and we like to use double sea-kayaks, so if you have an uneven group number you may be put with someone else

Kayaking Adventure Race Your group is split into teams, given double kayaks and a map of the lake which has been marked with key locations. Each location has a clue that needs to be found and each clue is worth a certain number of points. The farthest locations are worth more points and you only have 1- 2hrs (depending on the group) to collect as many points as you can as a team. the goal of this activity is to collect as many point in the time aloud, if you are over the time point start to get deducted. We have several safety kayakers and an IRB which follow the teams around the course to ensure everyone sticks together and works as a team. Min12 / Max 32 pax

Safety IRB and kayak guides included
You will be given a brief kayak lesson and helped with the set-up of your kayak.
Race takes roughly 2hrs 30min
Land Based Combo Fun Activities (with instructor)

Bomb Squad – The bomb is ticking at the base of a large tree, using rope, a harness, a couple of short lengths of timber your group must defuse the bomb without touching the ground in the 6 metre perimeter. Not an easy task and requires an open mind to problem solving. Takes roughly 45min. Max 10 pax.

Save the World – Another bomb to defuse. this time the nuclear core is at the bottom of a pipe, and must be removed from the pipe to be defused. Water is the key, buckets and hose are used to create a siphon, this requires a coordinated approach by the whole team to Save the World. Takes roughly 45min. Max 10 pax.

Water Based Combo Fun Activities.

Raft Building – Build your own watercraft then sail or paddle around a course. Lots of room for innovation. Time frame 1½hrs 5-7 people per team, maximum of two teams.

Kayak Polo – This is ideal as a short activity on the water. The game is based at the kayak beach below the café. Be prepared to get wet if you have competitive staff members! This activity is lots of fun using both sit in and sit on kayaks. This activity can be run on its own or in conjunction with the Guided Waterfalls Trip. Time frame: 1 – 1½hrs Min 8 / Max 20 pax.

Stand Up Paddle board Yoga – On enquiry

For enquiries or information regarding these activities or for other kayak options please contact our team on 021 823 131 or send us an email at theboatshed@xtra.co.nz. Bookings Essential.

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