Photo showing kayaks gliding in to the Boatshed landing on a misty autumn morning on Lake Karapiro.


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What's it Like Paddling Karapiro?

Karapiro Option 1 - Bridge to Boatshed
This is our 2nd most popular half day trip and is the perfect daytime activity for the whole family. The trip initially starts at The Boatshed where we get you all signed in and set for the trip.
From here it’s a short drive up to Hora Hora where you enter the water and start the 9km paddle back down stream to The Boatshed. On the way there are several great spots to stop and have a picnic or stretch the legs. There is also access to a hidden inlet which offers access to two waterfalls which are only accessible via kayak.
Draped in native ferns and hidden away from the main lake the waterfalls are a great must do detour on the way back to The Boatshed.

  • The trip takes roughly 2 – 3hrs (depending on how often you stop)
  • The Boatshed can transport up to 6 people so larger groups will need to pre arrange transport up to Hora Hora with The Boatshed.
  • Trips run Wednesday – Sunday and leave at 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am.
  • Trip requires a moderate level of fitness.
  • Bookings are essential.
  • Price $40 per person or $20 for children under 12 yrs (Mimimum group 4 people )

Karapiro option 2 – The Hidden Karapiro Waterfalls
This is our most popular half day trip and is the perfect daytime activity for the whole family. 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 non guided 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.
  • Bookings are essential.
  • Price for Single sea kayak $25 – 3hr hire
  • Price for Double sea kayak $50 – 3hr hire
  • Price for Stand up paddle board $20 – 2hr hire (if you have never paddle boarded before it might pay to talk to us first regarding this option). See our SUP page for more on this.


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The Boatshed Kayaks - Richard Clark,
RD2, 21 Amber Lane, Lake Karapiro, Cambridge, New Zealand,
Phone: (07) 827 8286 or Mobile - (027) 275 8724 Or Email us here
Operating hours are Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm.
For after hours enquiries please send us an email and we will get back to you within operating hours.