Lake Wanaka is one of New Zealand’s biggest lakes, nestled in a glacier-carved valley and flanked by the Southern Alps’ beautiful snow-capped peaks. This makes it the ideal place for an amazing kayaking adventure, which Paddle Wanaka offers on the sparkling waters of Lake Wanaka and the Clutha River. Additionally, we offer beach rentals and self-guided lake trips.
Depending on the tour you choose, your guide will take you on an exploration of Lake Wanaka, revealing hidden jewels such as Mou Waho Island (predator-free), where you may take a short walk to explore a lake on an island in a lake. Additionally, you may have a delicious lunch on the beach here.
For the most brave, Paddle Wanaka offers an introduction to white water kayaking on the Mighty Clutha River, which features grade 1-2 white water rapids.…….. be prepared to get a little wet!
The guides are really passionate about the outdoors and adventure. They will do a thorough safety briefing prior to your trip; no prior kayaking expertise is required, and all trips are conducted at a leisurely pace to ensure a nice, relaxed experience. There is a kayak trip to suit everyone, from half-day to multi-day trips, with the staff at Paddle Wanaka, who are constantly striving to offer an amazing outdoor experience. Whether you’re a total novice, seeking adventure, or searching for a family-friendly activity in Wanaka, there’s something for everyone.
All newcomers to kayaking, families, and the more laid back members of our community adore it. You’ll have 8-10 kilometres of easy paddling to explore the stunning Lake Wanaka shoreline, taking in the spectacular views while eating light snacks and beverages. This small-group tour requires no prior experience and operates in most weather situations.
Our most popular fully guided half day kayaking activity. This is an easy guided paddle along the beautiful Lake Wanaka coastline to explore the outstanding scenery. Stop & relax on a secluded beach & enjoy one of our homemade chocolate brownies.
Loved by all new to kayaking, families and the chilled-out characters amongst us.
Not Currently operating this tour
For those with more time and keen to explore a little further, the Southern Explorer is the perfect choice! This trip will have you paddling through some of the region’s most iconic, remote and beautiful landscapes towards the ‘gem’ of the lake ’Mou Waho island.
Here you will enjoy a short walk exploring this protected island where the views are next to none, followed by our gourmet picnic lunch on the beach. To top it off catch a scenic boat cruise back to Wanaka (kayaks on board) for a relaxing and well deserved afternoon. With Mt Aspiring Park towering over the lake, this trip will certainly give you “something to write home about!”
Not Currently operating this tour
It’s not every day you get a chance to join a ‘good ole’ kiwi kayaking and camping trip, but here’s your chance! Come and play with the birds and the bugs and explore the more remote locations of Lake Wanaka.
Camp out on one of Lake Wanaka’s beautiful islands and of course the fun continues for a second day! Explore stunning landscapes, witness NZ birdlife such as Grebes, Falcons and Weka’s and if the weather is kind, sleep under a stunning NZ sky and watch the Southern stars!
Our experienced guides will quickly have both novices and experienced feeling at ease on the water. Their depth of knowledge of local history will keep you entertained and the tasty food prepared on route will make this trip the highlight of your visit
Our overnight tours operate between November 15 – April 30. All trips are weather dependent. All camping equipment supplied.
Approximately 4 hours of kayaking per day (13km / day)
30minute island walk (day 1), 20 minute kayak portage (day 2)
No experience necessary, intermediate fitness required
Fully catered: lunch, dinner, breakfast, tea, water, coffee and snacks