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Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Carvings from Taupo

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    What to Expect
    This 4-hour small group guided tour with return transport from central Taupo will allow for approximately 3-hours kayaking on Lake Taupo.

    Your tour begins from the store in Central Taupo where you can leave your valuables in a secure locked area. You will then travel via the company shuttle to Jerusalem Bay where your gear will be unloaded. You will go through the safety aspects of your kayaking journey with all you need to know about kayaking before putting on your spray decks, life jackets and launching your kayaks.

    Paddle along the coastline which will enable you to have a look at the bird life along the way. Travel past the famous cliff drop whilst taking in the amazing scenery including looking back over the Taupo Town Centre and beyond to the majestic volcanoes of the central plateau. Your guide will give you handy kayaking tips on the way and tell you some of the history of the area.

    Once at the Maori Carvings you will get close enough to take photos and to marvel at the great skill of the master carvers. Here your guide will inform you on what the different parts of the carvings mean and the history of the people depicted.

    On the return journey you will paddle back along the coastline to a picnic spot, where you can enjoy a hot drink and some cookies, stretch your legs and have swim for those willing.

    Once back at the Jerusalem Bay, load up the kayaks on the trailer and head back to the store where you can use the toilet facilities and changing rooms. Your guide will upload all photos they have taken and then send you the link so you can enjoy all of your amazing memories from Great Lake Taupo.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Taupo, Taupo, Taupo District, Waikato Region, North Island
    • Light refreshments
    • Kayak Tour
    • Kayak Equipment
    • Photos
    • Lunch
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Operates all year, please dress appropriately for the seasons - NO JEANS/DENIM
    • Minimum age is 12 years
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Tom/Tammi gave us a superb tour,full of local details, local lore, while ensuring good safety. The stop around the carvings was the highlight, but the leisurely trip was equally fun. Quite well done from the contact ,including the prep, to the safety briefing, and finally the
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    I really enjoyed kajaking to the carvings. The guides Tamy and Tom were great fun and told very interesting stories. Would recommend this trip to everybody!
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    Response from Jay S, Owner at Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Carvings from Taupo
    Responded 1 week ago
    Thanks Merike - really glad that we were able to take you out to the carvings, it's a stunning trip. Thanks for choosing us.
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    We had the good fortune of having a private tour with Tom and we had a blast! Tom was knowledgeable and entertaining, and told us the history and legends of Lake Taupo throughout our trip. He was also very helpful with how to control the kayak and patient with us until we hit
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    Response from CanoeandKayakTaupo, Owner at Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Carvings from Taupo
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Thanks for a great review - we're pretty proud of our beautiful lake, so it's really nice to hear that others enjoy it as much as we do. That bakery certainly does have some nice pies!! Jay
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    The experience was spectacular!! From the beginning till the end, everything went perfectly well. The reception in Canoe and Kayak was awesome, kayaking was so much fun, the lake and the carvings are so beatiful. And above all, Tom, was an amazing guide, always taking care of
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    Response from CanoeandKayakTaupo, Owner at Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Carvings from Taupo
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Thanks very much for a great review and I'm glad you enjoyed it. The lake is a stunning place to spend some time. Hope to see you again. Jay
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    Stunning trip out to the Maori carvings this morning, couldn't recommend the trip more highly. While big boats that come and go may look cool, the perspective from a kayak is priceless. Our guide got us up close to the multiple carvings including Ngatoroirangi and into the bays
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    Response from CanoeandKayakTaupo, Owner at Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Carvings from Taupo
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Thanks for a great review - we should get you to write our brochure copy! It is an amazing tour and you're right, the view from a kayak is the best. Hope to see you again. Jay
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