On this trip we will take you through the wilderness. You will sense the feeling of isolation and freedom.

Starting from our base in Acacia Bay, we will drive for 1/2 an hour to Hinemaiai stream. To begin our paddle on the Hinemaiai dam, an early hydro lake which gave Taupo its first electricity back in 1953.

It is a gentle paddle across calm water/ stream through native bush covered hills, pumice cliffs.

We pass tops of old trees and manuka bushes poking up from the bottom of the lake. You will see the odd brown and rainbow trout racing away from your kayak, or the Danada Geese (aquatic bird). We will pass an old swing bridge- remnants of our old tramping bridge, up to a narrow gorge with a waterfall, tumbling over moss covered rocks.

At end of paddle, we will load kayaking equipment back onto trailer. Have a short break for some refreshments before we head back to base.

Perfect for families looking for a gentle kayak adventure.

No experience is necessary, as all our trips are guided and full instruction is given. We have the option of single or double kayaks which are safe and easy for everyone to use. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tours include:

  • Professional qualified guides
  • Full instruction & tuition
  • Quality kayaking & Safety equipment
  • Motorized kayaks – if needed and available
  • Delicious Muffin & Hot Drinks
  • Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board – Kaitiaki (lake guardianship) contribution fee 7%
  • 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
  • Transport from our base in Acacia Bay to Hinemaimai Stream and return


  • 9:00am – Allow approximately 4 – 4.5 hours


  • NZD $165 per person for 1-2 people (minimum 2 people to run tour)
  • NZD $145 per person for 3 people
  • NZD $125 per person for 4 plus people

Base – Meeting Point

Unit 2, 876 Acacia Bay Road, Acacia Bay, Taupo

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