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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 $117.26
Full Day Southern Explorer
Outdoor adventure lovers will enjoy the chance to spend the whole day kayaking around Lake Wanaka. Although you need to be reasonably fit to paddle the 7.5-8.5 miles (12-14 kilometers) around the lake, you do not need to be an experienced kayaker. You’ll be treated to gorgeous views of the mountains surrounding the lake and town, and can also go for a walk on the protected island of Mou Waho.
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7 hours
from $228.63
Stand Up Paddle Boarding adventure on the Clutha River (The Taster)
Spend the morning drifting down the mighty Clutha River on a paddleboard on this beginner-friendly tour. Spend as much time as you need getting comfortable with your stand-up paddleboard, with coaching provided by your guide, before heading down this wide and enchanting South Island river. Float down river in the shadow of lush native bush and rolling hills, and even try your hand at a few entry-level rapids.
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3 hours
from $91.06
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 $130.37
Half-Day Paddle Board Tour on Lake Wanaka
Explore Lake Wanaka and see the mountain views from a different angle, on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) tour. Both beginner and experienced paddlers will enjoy this trip, and it can be customized to suit your abilities. Relax knowing that a water taxi is available to collect you if you need it (or if the weather turns!) Enjoy the crystal-clear waters and the views of the surrounding town and mountains.
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4 hours
from $117.26
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Reviewed yesterday

The guides for this SUP taster were awesome. If you have previous SUPing experience, I would recommend booking the longer tour, as the "taster" goes by much more quicker than you'll want it to!More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank JWL6
Andrea B, Guest Relations Manager at Paddle Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you! The SUP Taster is certainly that, an introduction to Stand Up Paddling on moving water. It's a wide section of the Clutha River with a few cheeky rapids to test your skiils. We'll see you next time for The Lower Pro? Thanks for...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first time stand up paddle boarding and I had a great morning doing the lake escape SUP with paddle wanaka. Had Laurie as my guide and he was brilliant- knowledgeable, easy going and great company. It was very relaxing paddling on the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank maddy616
Andrea B, Guest Relations Manager at Paddle Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great review! Our Lake Escape is an ideal tour for those new to Stand Up Paddleboarding. Ir's so nice to be able to take in the stunning scenery whilst being surrounded by the clear water of the lake. I'll pass on your kind words about...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the afternoon out on the mighty Clutha. I am a little cautious of water but felt very guided, safe and I certainly had a lot of fun and got a real sense of satisfaction, not to mention great workout. Super big thanks to the...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank janellefletcher
Andrea B, Guest Relations Manager at Paddle Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review!! The Clutha is certainly a fun river & it's great to know you felt safe with our guides. Thanks for paddling with us!!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dont normally do tours but was attracted to this one by the small group size. Max of 4 and only 3 of us on ours plus our guide. Had a great time on the river even though I fell in twice. Joel was a...More

Date of experience: November 2019
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Andrea B, Guest Relations Manager at Paddle Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great review!! All of our trips are aimed at small groups, to ensure that our customers get the most out of their experience with us. It good to know that we acheived this with your group! The Clutha is a fun river & yes taking...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a great afternoon with Joel and Tyler, paddling down the Clutha. I was originally going to do the kayaking on Lake Wanaka, but decided to try out river kayaking - and was I glad! The team was professional, fun and had the best...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Global_Traveller_Syd
Andrea B, Guest Relations Manager at Paddle Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Awesome & detailed review! Some great things in there that you have pointed out many thanks!! We do pride ourselves on providing quality over quanity, so we apprecaite you highlighting that fact. The brownie, yes it often gets a mention! Thanks again for chosing to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great fun with Austin on the Clutha trip. It's expensive but keep in mind they provide all equipment - wet suits/ thermals if you need, helmets, life jackets etc. Informative and amusing safety briefing and lots of fun facts to keep you amused. It's not...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Melissa D
Andrea B, Guest Relations Manager at Paddle Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks! It's great to hear you found that your money was well spent on our Kayak the Mighty Clutha trip. It's a super fun river & Austin is a great guy to hang out with. Thanks for taking the time to review & of course...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had an amazing time kayaking down the river with Joel the tour guide. Very professional and gave us lots of facts about the Clutha river. If your wanting to see the beautiful scenery of wanaka then I highly recommend this activity!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Jesscameron11
Andrea B, Guest Relations Manager at Paddle Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Amazing, thanks for the review!! Joel is a great guide & we're gald you enjoyed your time on the river with him. Thanks for chosing us & for the recommendation!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I kayaked down the Clutha river with guide Joel. It was amazing we had a great time through and through. I definitely would do it again! I can totally recommend it to everyone!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank K1GJ
Andrea B, Guest Relations Manager at Paddle Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Fantastic review, straight to the point! Thanks for chosing us & we'd love to see you back again!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a lot of fun! Joel was a great guide that made kayaking the river Clutha a really worthwhile experience. I’ve been kayaking a few times and he didn’t hesitate to teach me some more advanced techniques and knowledge about river rapids. He also...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Andrea B, Guest Relations Manager at Paddle Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Great review! The Clutha River is an awesome river to play on. Joel loves this river & is very keen to pass on his knowledge, glad you appreciated that! Oh yeah.... the brownie!! Thanks for coming paddling with us!

Reviewed October 5, 2019

If you enjoy paddling amidst breathtaking snow capped mountain scenery & mirror lake reflections then a trip with Paddle Wanaka should be top of your ‘must do’ list. If you are lucky enough to be in the Wanaka/Queenstown area, especially on a calm weather day,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Andrea B, Guest Relations Manager at Paddle Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2019

Fantastic review thank you!! We have to agree with you, we are lucky to be in such a beautiful part of the world. Spring kayaking with snow capped mountains can be magical. Thanks for chosing us & taking the time to write a review.

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