School trips provide incredible opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom, develop new skills, and build lasting memories. Taupo Kayaking Adventures (TKA) specializes in creating exceptional outdoor experiences that blend education, adventure, and fun. Our Kiwi family-owned business is dedicated to crafting unforgettable moments for students through guided kayaking tours and other outdoor activities on and around Lake Taupo.

Introduction to Taupo Kayaking Adventures

Nestled in New Zealand, Taupo Kayaking Adventures is renowned for guided kayaking tours on Lake Taupo. Our mission is to combine the natural beauty of New Zealand’s largest lake with thrilling activities that inspire and educate. We offer diverse experiences to build confidence, enhance skills, and foster a love for the outdoors.

School Trips with Taupo Kayaking Adventures

When it comes to school trips, TKA stands out as a premier choice. Our programs meet the unique needs of students, ensuring their time with us is educational and entertaining. From basic kayaking skills to advanced water safety programs, we provide a comprehensive outdoor education that students will carry with them for a lifetime.

Guided Kayaking Tours

Our guided kayaking tours are the cornerstone of our school trip offerings. Students explore Lake Taupo, learning about its natural wonders while mastering kayaking basics. Our certified guides ensure every trip is safe, informative, and fun, teaching students to hold a paddle, use life jackets, and navigate the waters confidently.

Developing Water Safety Skills

At TKA, safety is paramount. We offer water safety programs to equip students with essential skills. These programs cover activities like stand-up paddleboarding, beach safety, water confidence, and survival skills, teaching valuable life lessons and fostering respect for the water and environment.

NCEA Unit Standard 489

We support schools in helping students achieve the NCEA Unit Standard 489, which requires completing a series of kayaking skill and safety tasks. Our experienced guides provide necessary instruction to help students meet these requirements, ensuring they gain valuable credits while enjoying the great outdoors.

Overnight Camps

For a more immersive experience, we offer overnight camps that integrate practical assessments for the NCEA Unit Standard 489. These camps provide hands-on learning in a supportive environment, where students load kayaks, practice water rescues, set up camp, and cook meals, gaining practical skills and creating unforgettable memories.

The William Pike Challenge Award and Bevan Docherty Award

We support schools participating in the William Pike Challenge Award and Bevan Docherty Award. These awards encourage young people to engage in positive, challenging activities. Kayaking is an excellent way to fulfill these awards’ requirements, and our team provides guiding services and equipment to help schools achieve their goals.

Experienced and Passionate Guides

Our guides are skilled sea kayakers and passionate conservationists and educators. Their deep local knowledge and educational training ensure every trip is safe, enjoyable, and enriching. We are committed to providing high-quality outdoor education experiences that inspire and empower students.

Get in Touch with Taupo Kayaking Adventures

Planning a school trip with TKA is simple. We cater to groups of all sizes and can customize our programs to suit your needs. Whether for a day trip or an extended overnight camp, we have the expertise and resources to make your adventure a success. Contact us today to start planning an unforgettable outdoor experience for your students.


  • What activities are included in the school trips? Our school trips include guided kayaking tours, water safety programs, stand-up paddleboarding, and beach safety activities.
  • How do you ensure the safety of students? We prioritize safety with certified guides, comprehensive safety programs, and high-quality equipment.
  • Can you accommodate large groups? Yes, we cater to groups of all sizes and can customize our programs to suit specific needs.
  • Do you support NCEA Unit Standard 489? Yes, we provide the necessary instruction and practical assessments to help students achieve this qualification.
  • What is the duration of the overnight camps? Overnight camps typically last two days, including activities like kayaking, camping, and practical assessments.
  • How can we book a trip with Taupo Kayaking Adventures? Contact us through our website or phone to discuss your requirements and plan your trip.