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Paddleboat News

From Mid April 2014, the Otunui will be moving to Tauranga, to the Wairoa River, near SH2. Based at Waimarino Adventure Park (www.waimarino.com), the paddleboat will be available for 1 hour coffee cruises, plus Sunset Cruises and Charters.

About the cruise
The Otunui makes regularĀ trips on Lake Whakamaru This two hour cruise heads south down Lake Whakamaru towards the Whakamaru Dam passing the Whakamaru Reserve (where Yogi Bear was filmed), Waipamu Station, the Waikato River Trails, wetlands and farmland.

The sights
Lake Whakamaru was formed with completion of the Whakamaru Dam and powerstation in 1956. We pass by native trees such as Tanekaha, Ponga, Rimu and some pine and willows while ignimbrite cliffs carved and channelled by water, wind and time, dominate the riverscape. Coots, Teal and Paradise Ducks, Cormorants, Swans and Falcons are a few of the birds we will see, along with many trout and the occasional wild boar along the river edge, curiously watching the boats passing.

The experience
A commentary will point out features as we pass by and give a history of the lake, stream and local community. Any questions on the boat or the points along the way can be answered by the skipper or crew.

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