New Zealand Kayaking
When you think of New Zealand, you might think of stunning mountains reaching to the sky, green meadows dotted with sheep, glaciers and glacial lakes, and stunning coastline. You might even think about Hobbits. Considered to be the adventure capital of the world, one of the best ways to see the country is on a New Zealand kayaking tour. From the safety of your kayak, you’ll see some of New Zealand’s best landscapes that aren’t available on foot, and you’ll be thankful for it.
One popular destination for a New Zealand kayaking tour is on Lake Taupo, where you’ll get a true sense of isolation and freedom. You’ll paddle across Hinemaiai dam to observe the native bush, as well as pumice cliffs. Keep your eye open for wildlife as well – there’s tons of opportunity for spotting Canada geese, and other local birds. It’s also possible to rent a purpose-built kayak to fish for rainbow trout, brown fish, and more. Your guide can point out ancient Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, some reaching 100 metres high. For something more low key, a gentle paddle along Waikato River through its pumice gorge is worth a try.
From Queenstown or Glenorchy, take a guided kayaking tour to the conservation reserves of Pig and Pigeon Islands. You’ll see hundreds of bell birds, tui, and flightless birds, and you’ll paddle beneath snow-capped mountain peaks. You can also paddle the still waters of Lake Wakatipu, pairing the experience with a horse ride through Lord of the Rings country, complete with river crossings.Read More ...