This half day trip is for those who would like to explore a few secluded hidden gems of Lake Taupo’s Western Bays which are mainly only accessible by water. 

You’ll meet us at our base in Acacia Bay where we will set off by vehicle to Kinloch (or you can meet us at Kinloch mariner. 

On our Western Bays Taster trip, we will depart from Kinloch Marina by boat across the pristine waters of Lake Taupo to the long, sweeping sandy beach of Kawakawa Bay, which is quite different from the rest of the Western Bays. 

For those on the unguided tour, Kawakawa Bay is where we will leave you. Jump into the crystal-clear waters or if the weather is too cold, simply have a drink – this is one of the only freshwater lakes left that you can still drink from!  

Otherwise, sunbathe on the shore, listening to the soothing sounds of native birds, while taking in the magnificent sight of the Tongariro National Park mountains across the lake. Don’t forget to look out for rock climbers tackling the surrounding cliff faces.  

It is now time to gear up and launch your kayaks for your paddle across the bays to the pretty lakeside village of Kinloch. For those on our guided tour, we will take you visit a cave that you are able to paddle right up to. 

You will be kayaking past unique volcanic landscape and the spectacular towering vista of cliffs, a solid wall of rock rising high above you then plummeting hundreds of feet below. This would be the highlight of your adventure.  

Arrive safely back in Kinloch for our famous muffin and refreshments.

The Western Bays Taster is truly a unique trip and one you will remember forever.

Guided Tour includes: 

  • Professional qualified guides
  • Full instruction & tuition
  • Quality kayaking & Safety equipment
  • Motorized kayaks – if needed and available
  • Muffin & Refreshments
  • Cave visit  
  • Boat Transfer (Scenic boat ride) 
  • Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board – Kaitiaki (lake guardianship) contribution fee 7%
  • Transport to and from Kinloch – from our base or 
  • Transport: On request only (if you do not have your own transport to our base) – Pick up from/to Taupo CBD. Additional fees may apply. Please call or email to arrange.
  • Complimentary Photos via our facebook page

Kayak Hire & Boat Transfer (unguided) Package includes: 

  • Full instruction & tuition
  • Quality kayaking & Safety equipment
  • Boat Transfer (Scenic boat ride) 
  • Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board – Kaitiaki (lake guardianship) contribution fee 7%
  • Transport to and from Kinloch – from our base or 
  • Transport: On request only (if you do not have your own transport to our base) – Pick up from/to Taupo CBD. Additional fees may apply. Please call or email to arrange.

Time

Time (can be flexible with times for group bookings) 

  • starting time: 9am 

Starting Location 

  • Our Base – Unit 2 876 Acacia Bay Road, Acacia Bay, Taupo or 
  • Kinloch Marina, 23 Mata Place, Kinloch 

Prices: 

Kayak hire, 2 Way Transport & boat transfer (unguided) Package  

  • NZD $300 per person for 1-2 people (minimum 2 people to run  tour)