Taupo Kayaking Adventures

Taupo Kayaking Adventures

Reviews

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Daisy Hoopers

England

Ranking: 7/10

Lake is stunning, great equipment and guidance. Only negative was the weather turned bad which made getting to the Maori Carvings harder than anticipated. Great muffins on our break.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Lauren Thompson

United States

Ranking: 8/10

We rented kayaks to check out the Maori rock carvings which were neat. The company provided us with a laminated map which was useful. Lake Taupo is beautiful!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Julia Scharbert

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

I hired a kayak for a day which was pretty uncomplicated and fast so I could start my trip early (which was nice!). Just the price was a little high but okay ($50 for 4 hours).

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Jess

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

The ferries interfered with our view but a great way to see the lake.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Alastair MacDonald

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Kayaked to Maori carvings, fantastic few hours on the lake, friendly and informative guide. Good equipment also.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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jumperhats

New Zealand

Ranking: 2/10

The scenery at Lake Taupo was breathtaking, but unfortunately the tour guide was really impatient and very rude.

At the end of the trip, he took all of our belongings from the dry bags without our permission whilst we were changing suits. Luckily, we did some checking and found out that he left one of our mobile phone and a watch in the dry bags.

Would NOT recommend this trip at all!

Reviewed about 7 years ago

Taupo Kayaking Adventures responds:

We are very dissapointed to receive your feedback, and can only apologise for the guides behavior on that day, as you can see from our other reviews, this is not a regular occurance.
We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and have not had feedback like this before. We can not apologise enough for your experience, and would appreciate if you have the time to contact us as we would like to know what date your trip was so we can ensure that this never happens again.

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Jade

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Wilderness Escapes kayaking is a must do if your in Taupo. This was the first time my family and I had been kayaking and we had a fantastic time and definitely want to do it again. The guide was great, we picked up how to do it in no time! The commentary was also very interesting. The other great thing is you are able to explore the shoreline that you cannnot access or see by car.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Luke

England

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome day on the lake, great guides, great gear great refreshments, great experience!!!
WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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booma

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Had a ridiculous day on paddling on Lake Taupo, to the rock carvings with MP and the Wilderness Escapes crew. The scenery was breathtaking, clear water and clear skies, the company was good, and the rock carving were incredible. Everything provided and a nice afternoon tea overlooking the lake, in privacy and serenity.

Cheers MP & Wilderness Escapes

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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lmfao

United States Minor Outlying Islands

Ranking: 10/10

Kayaking, eating and relaxing on Lake Taupo was the most fantastic experience, the crew at Wilderness Escapes really know their stuff, nice people that love showing off their back yard.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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cmgoffin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

AAA
Amazing
Awesome
Atmosphere

Great guides and and great experience the whole family can experience!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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mattburton_nz

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Best thing i did in Taupo, AAA+++

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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jonty287

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Ranking: 10/10

We did the Rock carvings tour with Wilderness Escapes, it was excellent!!! great value for money,stunning scenery and the guide was fantastic. We really cant say enough about the experience, from start to finsh, it was top notch. We will be back!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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machelp

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

If you haven't been to the Western Bays on Lake Taupo you haven't seen the great Lake yet! ... and then a paddle up a stream to this amazing waterfall - Good Gear, Great People, Amazing Location =GOOD TIMES!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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TinaL

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful & Fun
An amazing day with a great group of people. The beauty of Lake Taupo can not be described, it must be experienced.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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paul_nz

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Was initially looking to just hire kayaks and go for a paddle. After talking to the guide (MP) decided to join Wilderness Escapes guided trip to the Maori Carvings. Was a great decision and throughly recommend doing the trip with these guys.

We got picked up and dropped off from the information center right in town, all kayaking and safety gear was supplied and even a surprise sit down lunchtime snack.

The guide (MP) was very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable about the history of the carvings and the Maori legends of the area.

All in all a great trip on a picture perfect winters day ! (and didn't even have to get my feet wet). Thank you to MP and Wilderness Escapes.

Cheers,
Paul

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Kurmann/Kayser

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Good transportation (drop off by our accomodation), good guide, good lunch.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Marcia More

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

The rock carvings kayak trip was totally fun! I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Taupo and wanting to experience an awesome activity. Its such a unique way to be up close to some beautiful scenery in NZ. The guide was fantastic and the refreshments were very tasty. I espically loved the Pineapple lumps, yum - a kiwi classic! Thanks heaps, Marcia More

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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pascualg6

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We had a great time with Elliot and Mad Dog kayaking to the amazing Maori Carvings. We swam in Lake Taupo, heard lots of interesting stories about the area, and enjoyed the physical activity. The trip is really well organised and everything you need is supplied for. Alex is just a star! Our car broke down and she even helped us reparing it when she didn't have to! Highly recommned, the best way to see the Maori carvings, kayaking you'll get as close as you want!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in December 2010

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soph_p

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic. Friendly communication with organisers. Excellent guide. Great way to see the carvings. Only criticism would be that we were put in a large group and spent a lot of time waiting for those at the back to catch up (even though we were first-time kayakers too). Would definitely recommend Wilderness Escapes.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in November 2010

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Joanna Gillard

England

Ranking: 10/10

What a wonderful experience to have had and to take back memories to the UK with. The day couldn't have been easier, the hosts were informative and friendly and the paddling was much easier than I thought. The carvings were a sight to treasure and the home made baking made the experience truely enjoyable! A must for families as the kids really enjoyed themselves.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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vessy

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Thank you so much Brian for an amazing experience!! Wonderful day, fantastic value for money & excellent way to see beautiful lake Taupo. I will be absolutely recommending this incredible trip to all my friends & family!!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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marywebster

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Had a really enjoyable trip, guide was so nice, and would go again. 17.11.10 Mary Martin

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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VickiEngland

England

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic. Visited Maori carvings with brilliant lunch, great tour.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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KatrinK

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Nice crew. Very personal, small groups and great picnic.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Bridget

England

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent vans, well equipped, really clean - not cheap.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Corien

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Nice and good guide, nice extra picnic.

Reviewed over 10 years ago