We arrived half an hour late yet still were able to do the tour. Kelvin was very nice and welcoming. He took us on a tour around beautiful little town of Te Aroha and explained the history of the place. After that and safety briefing we went to the river to start kayaking. We were even given a little snack for the tour. There was no need to paddle much as we were going down the river. The views of the mountains and the area were beautiful. We’ve also seen a lot of interesting birds on the way. We really liked the experience and would recommend it to anyone 🙂
Gently paddle or just let the river take you.
From its source at the Blue Springs to where it enters the Hauraki gulf Te Waihou winds its way gently northwards.
Your guide will take you on a tour of the historic town of Te Aroha. You will learn about some of the rich history and wild geology of the area. You will then visit Wairongomai where a gold mining settlement used to thrive.
It’s then onto the river where you will be given equipment and expert instruction on how to navigate your kayak down the river safely.
This section of the river winds mainly through rural land. Don’t forget to look up and take in the majestic views of the Kaimai ranges and Mt Te Aroha which are a truly fantastic sight.
Keep a sharp eye out for the wide variety of bird life which live on and around the river.