Daytime Canyon Kayak Tour

Take a guided canyon kayak tour in the daytime, on the Waikato River. Learn the history of the submerged village and enjoy the serenity of being on the water.

Paddle slowly up the Pokaiwhenua Stream and through the canyon carved out by water over many hundreds of years.  


3 hrs


5 years +

Tour Price

$109 p/p

Activity Grade


A relaxing family-friendly adventure where you 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.

This guided kayak tour begins at our base on Horahora Road as we paddle along the southern edge of Lake Karāpiro and over the submerged village and power station that produced electricity for the early Waihi goldfields.

Enjoy the serenity as your guide explains Horahora’s unique history, before entering the canyon where ferns and trees drape over you and birdsong surrounds.

Need to know

  • 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, we provide you with overpants, splash jackets and wet shoes.

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

  • Cameras / phones are okay.

  • min 4 people required to run a tour.

Tour time

October to March: 9:30am and 1:30pm. 

April to September: 11.30am

Tour info

  • Bookings are essential

  • Minimum numbers apply

  • Minimum age is 5 years

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

  • 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)

  • Tour size ranges from 4 - 24 people

  • Alcohol and smoking is not permitted.

  • Prices valid until 30 September 2024