Lake Karapiro Daytime Canyon Kayak Tour

Experience a leisurely guided kayak experience down the Waikato River and through a spectacular canyon carved out by water
Waitomo, New Zealand
3 Hours
Start & End Time
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Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
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What's Included

  • Get up to $10 cash back per person when you book with us

  • 3 hour guided kayak adventure to explore Lake Karapiro & Pokaiwhenua Canyon

  • Passionate local guide teaching you the history of the region

  • All kayaking & safety equipment, including double kayaks, life jackets, dry bags, overpants etc.

What to Expect

Join a relaxing family-friendly adventure to witness the natural scenery of New Zealand you can only experience by kayak. Paddle slowly up the Pokaiwhenua Stream, through the spectacular canyon that has been carved out by water over hundreds of years and over the submerged Horahora village.


Your 3-hour kayaking tour begins at the base on Horahora Road as you paddle out along the southern edge of Lake Karapiro. Your experienced local guide will take you over the submerged village and power station that produced electricity for the early Waihi goldfields.


Enjoy the serenity as you learn about Horahora’s unique history, before heading into the Pokaiwhenua canyon. Take in the beauty of the towering canyon walls as native ferns & trees drape over you and be surrounded by bird life.


This guided adventure is perfect for families and groups who want a relaxing time out on the lake. To ensure space is available on this popular tour - advanced bookings are essential.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • We recommend that you bring layers of clothing, preferably merino. We do not recommend wearing jeans as they get very cold when wet.

  • To make your experience as comfortable as possible, you are provided with overpants, splash jackets & wet shoes

  • There is a changing area at the base where you can layer up before embarking on the guided kayak tour. There are also secure storage facilities where you can leave any additional belongings

  • Cameras/phones for photographs - a dry bag can be provided to put it in while kayaking

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No, you don't. These kayaks are very easy to use for all skill levels. You also get a basic tutorial before you get out on the water.

However, you will need to have a moderate level of fitness for your own personal comfort and enjoyment.

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These kayak tours are held in calm waters and you are provided with a Personal Floatation Device (life jacket) so there is no requirement to be able to swim.

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If weather conditions are adverse and The Supplier needs to reschedule your tour, they will work with you to arrange a new date that suits. The Supplier takes rain, wind, temperature, lake levels and river flow into consideration before making any decision to postpone.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Minimum numbers apply for tours to operate

  • Minimum age is 5 years

  • All children under 15 years are to be accompanied by a capable adult

  • Alcohol or smoking is not permitted

  • Double kayaks are used on tours (if your group is an odd number, you may be required to share with a person from another group)

Cancellation Policy:

  • Early cancellation of more than seven days before hire/tour gains a full refund

  • Cancellations within the 7 days of the hire/tour will be refunded 80% of the payment made & 20% will be kept as credit towards the next adventure within 6 months

  • No refund within 48 hours of hire/tour

  • If cancelled within 48 hours - 50% of your booking payment can be credited towards a future hire/tour

  • If cancellation is due to a Covid-19 lockdown, a full refund will be issued where rescheduling is not possible

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