Canoe and Kayak Taupo

Canoe and Kayak Taupo


7 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

6 Fresh Water Kayaking

4 Taupo

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Enjoying a stunning day at the Maori Carvings


Taupo's specialist kayaking shop provides world class tours on the Waikato River and Great Lake Taupo to the Maori Carvings.

Experience the beauty of Great Lake Taupo's waterways with Canoe and Kayak Taupo - proud winners of Kayak Retailer of the Year for 2012! Join us on a world class Kayaking tour down the mighty Waikato River or on Lake Taupo to see the impressive Maori Carvings.

This tour has it all... Kayaking on Australasia's largest fresh water lake, 3 live Volcanos in the distance, the awesinspirigng Maori Carvings, great swimming holes, crystal clear water and free tea and coffee! You will have plenty of time to view the Carvings up close and personal, take loads of photos, have a swim and learn about the history of the Carvings. The main carving is over 10 metres tall and there are over 15 smaller carvings that are fascinating to view up close.

This is one of Taupo's best kept secrets... The sheer Limestone cliffs and deep crystal clear waters of the mighty Waikato River will surprise you! Begin your river journey just minutes from the centre of town, kayak past various islands and swimming spots, drift by the drop zone of Taupo Bungy and soak in Natural Hot Pools!

Free pick up/drop service within Taupo if requested
Fully guided by qualified, friendly and knowledgable kayak instructors.
All kayaking and safety equipment - including waterproof jackets
All tuition
FREE refreshments onroute
FREE use of our dry bags for your camera on the Maori Carvings Tour
FREE Photos taken by your guide on the Waikato Float Trip


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Ian Rich's avatar

Ian Rich

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I wanted to give my 7 year old daughter a kayak experience and we had a wonderful hour on the river, we both loved every minute. Laura, our guide, greeted us with a winning smile at the shop and looked after us perfectly from beginning to end. I cannot recommend highly enough - a big thank you to C&K Taupo from me, and a huge thanks for the photos Laura took and emailed to me within a few days of our trip.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Bridgette Broyden

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic trip down the river, I was a little apprehensive due to not being in a kayak for over 20 years but Claire, our guide, made it such a relaxing and easy trip! Laura was an absolute gem in helping me answer all the questions that I had beforehand! Thumbs up guys! I will be back in a couple months time to do the four hour trip!

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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amelia's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

I had a great time with these guys! They were really knowledgeable and really supportive during the Kayaking trip on Lake Taupo. Would definitely recommend them to anyone!

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Noel Bartlow

United States

Ranking: 9/10

I had an awesome time kayaking the lake to see the Maori carvings. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. And he brought tea and mugs!

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Shayneez Niraj

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

One of the best thing we all did. good first time experience and the guides were very helpful and nice. We enjoyed our adventure will defiantly be back. The Stop over at the spa is really amazing.. LOVED IT!!! Dont be scared if you dont know how to swim, should try it...its safe and HIGHLY Recommended !!

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Chris James


Ranking: 10/10

Perfect afternoon floating down the Waikato!! Our guide was extremely friendly and fun!! Awesome value for money and to top it off... Photos from our day emailed to us for free (instead of the usual $20 extra most places charge)!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Florion Scheffel


Ranking: 9/10

Nice staff in the store, a bit too much laid-back guide, a pretty tour on Lake Taupo to the Maori Carvings, price was ok, kayaks in top condition.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in February 2012

Canoe and Kayak Taupo responds:

Hi Florion, thank you so much for joining us on one of our Maori Carvings tours... and for being our first Rankers reviewer! We really appreciate it and are glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Kind regards, the Team at C&K Taupo.