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Lake Karapiro

Lake Karapiro: Our most recommended tours and activities

Waikato River: 1-Hour Ecological River Cruise

1. Waikato River: 1-Hour Ecological River Cruise

Experience an ecological river cruise on a speedboat that is tailored to the wishes of the customers on board, this includes the speed, and the number of slides and spins if any. The experienced driver will give you a detailed history of the area and Karapiro Dam and power station. Admire the native birds and wildlife which make the area home. Your guide has a diploma in environmental management and an in-depth knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Encounter numerous fish species and birds species such as Fantail, Kingfisher, Tui, Harrier Hawk, NZ Falcon, Heron, Shag, Mallard Duck and more. See large waterfalls from the towering cliffs above. Experience some of the narrowest sections of the Waikato River with the forest canopy above. Visit the base of the Karapiro Hydro Power station with full commentary provided. Then, cruise back to beautiful Cambridge.

Lake Karapiro: Evening Kayak Glowworm Tour

2. Lake Karapiro: Evening Kayak Glowworm Tour

Your guided tour commences in the late afternoon or early evening. As you paddle along the southern end of Lake Karapiro, crossing over the old submerged Horahora Village and power station that produced electricity for the early Waihi goldfields. Learn about local Maori and early European history of the area while enjoying the twilight and silence of being on the water as the day draws to an end. The magic begins as you paddle slowly up the Pokaiwhenua stream and through a spectacular canyon carved out by water over many hundreds of years. Native ferns and trees and bird life surround you and you may even hear brown trout breaking the water's surface. When darkness falls you will drift silently back downstream, surrounded by glow worms on either side sparkling like tiny Christmas lights.

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What people are saying about Lake Karapiro

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Our guide Aaron was very accomodating to our young grand-daughter’s request to include some thrills and spills. He also refrained from the same when she became less keen after a few spins at speed. She told us afterwards that it was an ‘exciting’ trip. He kept up an informative commentary that we appreciated.

Amazing! Aaron very knowledgeable and skilful with the boat. Gave a thrilling, entertaining and enjoyable spin on a fab river with plenty to discover and see at high speed. Absolutely awesome and would love to do it all over again! Thanks Aaron!

Great trip, everyone should try the older messy one too, it's not just for young people. Fantastic guide, and nice quiet well-organized trip, you can only be happy after such a trip. Beautiful beautiful experience

Was super fun our guider, Aaron was very informative about the history of Waikato. Safety precautions were taken very professionally. Overall was a good experience.

Wonderful - Amazing- Highly recommended. Caleb, our guide, was very good. I'd do this trip again.