2-Hour Waikato River Guided Kayak Trip from Taupo

Taupō, New Zealand
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From US$42.69

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket


Kayak down the beautiful crystal-clear waters of the Waikato River on this small two hour guided kayaking tour. Drift path various islands, nature reserves, and locations of interests and soak in the natural geothermal hot pools. This tour will let you uniquely experience the river and its surroundings.
  • Experience the beauty of the Waikato River by kayak
  • Don't get lost with a guide showing you the way down the river
  • Complimentary photos included
  • No need to worry about renting gear: equipment is included

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • All equipment
  • Lunch
  • 7% Kaitiaki

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Canoe and Kayak Taupo
    54 Spa Road, Taupō 3330, New Zealand

    Please meet us at Canoe & Kayak 15 minutes before your scheduled departure.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under the age of 12 must have a 1:1 ratio with an adult.
  • A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Operates all year, please dress appropriately for the seasons - NO JEANS/DENIM
  • * Kaitiaki is the Māori word for the Guardian of the Environment. This is collected on behalf of the local iwi for their role in taking care of Lake Taupō and the Waikato River. This will be collected when you arrive.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

It was really beautiful route and easy to kayak but too short, almost 45 minutes in hot springs.


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Micheal_G, Jan 2022
Sharing this experience with my partner. Experiencing kayaking on the crystal clear waters. The tour guide person we had was really good.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks for coming out with us. Really glad you enjoyed it.
Luke_C, Feb 2020
Guide was great, friendly funny staff all round good activity for all. Clear blue waters, warm hot natural spas, good activity for any day
Response from Host, Mar 2020
We love the Waikato River and I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the trip so much. Many thanks.
Taupo kayak trip
darayan0131, Jan 2020
Overall the trip was good, very nice view in taupo lake but was hoping to have more beautiful nice photos like those pictures shows on the website, maybe it’s because the water proof camera, none of the photos was good which is very disappointed
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Hi and thanks for taking time to post your review. I'm really sorry that you were disappointed in the quality of the photos we provided. The ones on our website were taken by a professional photographer from a drone, so would be very difficult to provide for every trip as the safety of our guests is our priority. Our guests are welcome to take their own cameras/phones - however there is the risk of losing these overboard, hence us providing photos at no cost. If you could let me know the date and time of your tour, I will review the photos and discuss them with your guide in an effort to improve our offering.
Nice but short
Stenius_C, Feb 2019
It was really beautiful route and easy to kayak but too short, almost 45 minutes in hot springs. They could also wash life jackets too, they smell bad.
Nice people, relaxing trip. Hot...
Stephen B, Jan 2017
Nice people, relaxing trip. Hot springs were a bonus stop.

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