Join the Paddleboat Company for a unique and historic 2 hour cruising experience surrounded by the outstanding natural beauty of Lake Whakamaru.
Your journey on The Otunui, one of New Zealand's oldest operating paddle boat's, begins at Whakamaru Island and cruises for 20km around the lake to Whakamaru Dam with the Whakamaru Reserve, Waipamu Station, Waikato River Trails and wetlands, forests and farmlands being passed along the way.
Native trees such as Rimu and Ponga and wildlife such as Paradise Ducks, Swans and Falcons are abundant in the area and can be observed from the deck of the vessel. You may even catch a glimpse of wild boars roaming at the edge of the forest next to the river.
The ancient volcanic peaks of Kaahu and Whakaahu can usually been seen reflected in the lake along with the trout patrolling beneath the surface.
The sheltered lake provides the ideal setting for this relaxing waterways cruise.
The friendly crew will provide an interesting commentary throughout the journey and will be happy to answer questions along the way. The crew will even provide music if requested to accompany your journey.
Complimentary tea and coffee are provided throughout the cruise. The vessel also has a licensed bar and toilet aboard.
This cruise will be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone interested in maritime history, natural beauty, tranquility, gently emerging gorgeous vistas, and personable hosts. For a bit more exercise, you can ask to be dropped off at Whakamaru Reserve to hike back along the beautiful Waikato River Trail beside the lake.
Price: Adults $45, Child $15 (Under 16)
Duration: 2 Hours
Location: Whakamaru Island on Lake Whakamaru, 1105 Ongaroto Road, Kinleith SH30. 20 minutes from Tokoroa, 30 minutes from Rotorua or Taupo, 90 minutes from Hamilton or Tauranga and 3 hours from Auckland.
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