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About Paddle Wanaka
We are Lake Wanaka's premium Kayak & Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) operator, running exclusive guided trips of Lake Wanaka and the upper Clutha River. We also offer beach rentals from the lakefront allowing people to discover the lake at their own pace. We use modern sea kayaks and equipment suitable for beginners to experienced kayakers. Our Fleet of Stand Up paddle boards has a range for abilities. We are a fun, family owned business. We welcome all abilities and will do our very best to cater for your needs, to get on the water and enjoy your time in Lake Wanaka! We are open year round (closed June) 9am - 5pm - In summer we often stay open beyond this! A great way to fill your day! We run winter lake tours... and if the weather is nice, you'll see us down on the Lake Front. Look out for the van & trailor!
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Half-Day Kayak Tour on Lake Wanaka

Kayaking on serene Lake Wanaka, with its clear waters and beautiful coastline, is a great introduction to kayaking. Beginners and those with more experience will enjoy a calm half-day tour approximately 5.5 miles (9 kms) around the lake. Take in the views while experiencing the unspoiled nature that New Zealand is famous more, but without breaking too much of a sweat.
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4 hours
from $132.01

Half-Day Kayak Experience on the Mighty Clutha River from Wanaka

This half-day kayak tour on the Clutha River is an ideal trip for active travelers who want to try a new outdoor adventure sport, or who want to perfect their kayaking skills. Your guide will give you a full safety briefing and educated you about river safety, so you can feel confident on the 13 miles (22 kilometers) of river. Plus, receive personalized attention on a small-group tour.
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4 hours
from $146.77

Kayak Rental Adventure - The Mission

You’ll get lots of good advice from the folks at Paddle Wanaka. We’ll help you plan your route based on the weather and your experience level. Plus we’ll provide transport to your starting location, so you only need to paddle one way!

Meander along the coastline, power down the lake, explore the local islands, jump off the jetties or picnic in style. How you take on this Mission is up to you.
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3 hours
from $62.69
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DJandR wrote a review Mar 2021
Wanaka, New Zealand445 contributions157 helpful votes
Fantastic trip, spectacular scenery, informative guide and delicious morning tea at the amazing spot of Bull Island topped off an incredible kayak experience on Lake Wanaka. We meet at Beacon Point and were taken out to Stevensons island by boat, a guided trip on the island before we got into the kayaks for the big adventure back. Tyler was full of Maori legends, local knowledge, and once we got to Bull Island became the guide extraordinaire as he made fresh coffee to order, and The Best Brownies in town. A combination of first trip out since lockdown 4 finished, fresh air, great friends and an amazing company to paddle with. Thanks Paddle Wanaka, you created memories that will last. We will be back.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Vicki W wrote a review Feb 2021
12 contributions2 helpful votes
We decided to try SUP's and really enjoyed the experience... great instructions were given, heaps of fun! Ideal spot to try something new.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Big G wrote a review Nov 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand33 contributions11 helpful votes
Firstly thanks to Austin our tour guide, such a lovely guide and really looked after us all. Our youngest is just 5, middle is 10 and eldest 14 plus us parents and we all had a great time. Do pack a few snacks if you have a hungry bunch as the beach stop is great for a picnic. The weather was perfect and the lake like a mill pond. Beautiful scenery, easy kayaking and just a great morning. Highly recommended and will be back
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Lara F wrote a review Oct 2020
Upper Hutt, New Zealand171 contributions58 helpful votes
The team at Paddle Wanaka are easy to deal with and can cater to your needs whether it be a guided tour or you simply want to do your own thing. We highly recommend doing The Tiki Tour if you’re keen to do a guided tour and learn about the area. Depending on the wind direction, you will either paddle from the lakeshore and at the end be picked up by boat, or travel out to your start point by boat and paddle back to the lakeshore. The safety briefing before you set off is very thorough and you’re in safe hands. Our guide Austin was really knowledgeable and we enjoyed the stories he told us about Bull Island and Ruby Island, he shared several Maori legends with us as well. The information about Lake Wanaka and other lakes and rivers in the region was also interesting. We had an afternoon tea stop on Ruby Island before heading back to the lakeshore. The Tiki Tour is definitely worth doing. Thanks Austin and Chris for a great afternoon on the lake.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Andrea B, Manager at Paddle Wanaka
Responded Oct 31, 2020
Hi Lara, thanks for your feedback, we're so glad you guys had a great trip with us! We agree, Austin and Chris are fab! Thanks for paddling with us.
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Jenna L wrote a review Jul 2020
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It was the most amazing activity we've done in Wanaka. So much fun, the place and the river are stunning, the guide is knowledgeable, Paddle Wanaka is really professional. Prepare yourself to have a fun day in the rapids of the clutha
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Response from Andrea B, Guest Relations Manager at Paddle Wanaka
Responded Jul 17, 2020
Thank you!! Very please to hear you had so much fun in the rapids on our river kayak! Thanks for your feedback, most appreciated!
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