Richard Chen, owner of Manhattan Kayak Company

“This is just a quick thank you for letting me take my sister out today. It was quite an adventure for her, and getting to see the Carvings in the rain was actually pretty special. The water falling off the cliff formed a delicate curtain, and the surface chop was enough to let us surf the small waves at times. If you ever do make it to New York, do get in touch and we will show you a very different perspective on ‘urban kayaking’!”

Rachiex87 – Trip Advisor

Myself and my husband had an excellent day out with Jacob our guide. As a couple with some kayak experience it was nice that we were the only ones on our tour as we could get a little speed up, however if you are new to kayaking or never done it before they are very patient and the kayaks do have motors if your arms run out of steam! We learnt so much from Jacob about the area and the history and he was very approachable it felt like we were out kayaking with a friend. The other guide we met at the start and finish also seemed fun and approachable as well. I would recommend this to anyone regardless of kayaking experience, and will definitely come back!

Fearn – Trip Advisor

Another woman and I decided to go kayaking and booked this trip sort of last minute. Rob was our guide and did a great job. He was patient and kind. Also very informative on the area. He made the trip fun and informational. I can’t recommend Rob highly enough.

SusanCamperdown – Trip Advisor

We went to the Maori rock carving – half day trip. The lake was calm, views of the mountains beautiful, and the carvings themselves are well worth the paddle. Our guide Jacob was fun and knowledgeable. We’ve only kayaked a few times before but found it easy to get into the rhythm, and Jacob was very patient. We would thoroughly recommend this trip.

Aimee Siccama – Facebook

Extremely knowledgable guide, Rob. Great bloke to talk to and ask questions about not just Taupo but NZ in general. My fiancé and I were the only ones on this tour so extremely happy the company still went through with it as we have been cancelled before by other companies because ‘there wasn’t enough interest in the tour.’ Very happy with the whole tour, great owner operated business. Supporting locals is amazing! Couldn’t recommend this company more.

abcdefghi2016 – Trip Advisor

We (mum, 12, 11 & 10yo) had a great afternoon kayaking to the carvings. Rob and Ryan were terrific guide, with a huge sense of fun and experience .We shared a very welcomed lovely snack and hot drink over the lake together before heading back home. Thank goodness for the motorised kayaks. Absolutely memorable fun time and great exercise for us all

Henning J – Trip Advisor

Went for a float on the river with Jacob as guide. Ended up enjoying the kayaks, water and hot pools for much longer than the Our three-years old went in my kayak, while our boy of nine had his first trip going solo. Felt safe, taken well care of and it will make for good memories!
Highly recommended!

Kathryn Preston – Facebook

Fantastic afternoon. Ryan was a great guide and fun and interesting to talk with.
We were so lucky to have a beautiful day and we just loved every aspect of this afternoon out. Great company, great scenery, even the muffins were yummy! Thanks TKA!

Bonnie J – Trip Advisor

I was the only one who had booked that morning, but still got to go out onto the lake with the guide for the full time (usually place