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Half-Day Kayak Tour on Lake Wanaka provided by Paddle Wanaka

Half-Day Kayak Tour on Lake Wanaka

Half-Day Kayak Tour on Lake Wanaka
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Spend a peaceful morning kayaking on this half-day tour of Lake Wanaka. This experience is a fantastic introduction to kayaking, with an easy guided paddle exploring the beautiful Lake Wanaka coastline, enjoying the outstanding scenery. Loved by all new to kayaking, families and the chilled out characters amongst us. You will have 8-10 kilometers of easy paddling with light snacks and refreshments provided. No experience is required and this small-group tour operates in most weather conditions.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Half day guided kayak trip on Lake Wanaka with powerboat pick up. We'll paddle along the shores of lake Wanaka, sharing local tales and chatting along the way. We'll stop off along the way for morning tea and to sample the boss's famous brownies.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Half day guided kayak trip on Lake Wanaka with powerboat pick up. We'll paddle along the shores of lake Wanaka, sharing local tales and chatting along the way. We'll stop off along the way for morning tea and to sample the boss's famous brownies.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 45943P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Small-group kayak tour
  • Light refreshments
  • All equipment
Exclusions
  • Lunch
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Wanaka i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 103 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand Meet our friendly crew outside the Lake Wanaka iSite 10mins before departure
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Small-group kayak tour
  • Light refreshments
  • All equipment
Exclusions
  • Lunch
Departure details
  • Wanaka i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 103 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand Meet our friendly crew outside the Lake Wanaka iSite 10mins before departure
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 5 Jul 2020
A note from Half-Day Kayak Tour on Lake Wanaka
We use NZ waterway-friendly detergent (Biozyme) to clean our gear whilst maintaining our commitment to the environment.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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Big G
Christchurch, New Zealand34 contributions
Paddle and chill
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
Written 27 November 2020
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Lara F
Upper Hutt, New Zealand179 contributions
A great way to experience Lake Wanaka
Oct 2020
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.
Written 25 October 2020
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Andrea B
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.
Written 31 October 2020
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DJandR
Wanaka, New Zealand443 contributions
Paddle Wanaka Tiki Tour
May 2020
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.
Written 26 May 2020
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Excellent review, thank you so much!! Our intention is to provide much more than just a kayaking trip & it sounds like you guys absorbed the whole concept. Spectacular scenery, local tales, a delicious brownie, a boat ride, a walk on an island. We'll welcome you back anytime! Thanks again for chosing us for your first trip out!
Written 28 May 2020
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Laura T
New Zealand10 contributions
Terrific Tiki Tour
May 2020 • Couples
We had a fantastic time on the lake with Tyler and Laurie! We kayaked out to an island and saw scenery and birdlife we never would have by ourselves. They also had awesome snacks ready and had plenty of local knowledge on history, nature and Maori legends. Would highly recommend whether you're a local or a domestic tourist like us!
Written 25 May 2020
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Thanks! We're having the best time showing locals some new spots on our Tiki Tour. Great to hear you guys enjoyed the trip, thanks for supporting us!
Written 26 May 2020
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GooseGirl555
Brisbane, Australia106 contributions
Stunning views & friendly team
May 2020
We were 1st in the kayak for the TikiTour on level2 freedom. To get out and explore beyond Ruby Island, revealed some spectacular scenery. Thanks to Laurie, our guide - for keeping up with us 😋, and explaining the geology & history. So recommended for Locals, fitness fanatics and visitors alike.
The Paddle Wanaka team provide all the safety and waterproof gear too. So this is a year round must do.

And a special mention to the fab Brownies at tea-break!

#lovewanaka #families #funday #lakewanaka #stunningviews
Written 16 May 2020
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Great commitment, first in the kayak during Level 2!! Thanks so much for your enthusiasm to get out there. Glad you enjoyed your time out with Laurie, the Tiki Tour is a great way to head out & discover some amazing views. The brownie certainly gets a few mentions in reviews, pretty tasty! Thanks again for joining us.
Written 17 May 2020
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Dave P
4 contributions
What a fantastic day!
May 2020 • Couples
We had a fantastic day on the water with Paddle Wanaka today, on the Tiki Tour to Stevenson’s Island. Tyler our guide was very informative along the way and whipped up an excellent coffee and snacks on arrival at the Island. The weather Gods were on our side, hardly a ripple on the water , the 6km paddle to the island was done at an easy relaxed pace, ideal for inexperienced paddlers. After our picnic there we did the short hike to the viewing point on the Island with Tyler pointing out various features and plants along the way. The return trip was via PW’s comfortable water taxi crewed by Austin and Chris, the owner, dropping us off at the lovely Beacon Point Beach were we started. All up it’s a 4hr trip which we highly recommend to locals and visitors alike. Dave and Ali
Written 16 May 2020
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Thank you, what a great description of our Tiki Tour! It's an ideal trip for those just wanting to get out & kayak at a relaxed pace, followed by the return journey in our water taxi. The views from Stevenson's Island are stunning, good to hear Tyler escorted you to the view point. Thanks for the recommendations & joining us on such a beautiful day on the lake.
Written 16 May 2020
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dorrisandtrev
Wanaka, New Zealand5 contributions
Stunning Tiki Tour Kayaking on Lake Wanaka
May 2020
Wow – what a way to spend our first weekend at Level 2. Just did the Tiki tour with Paddle Wanaka, kayaking out to and around Stevenson’s Island. Our fantastic guides Austin and Shira were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The scenery was stunning and we got to see views of Wanaka we hadn’t seen after 14 years of living here. The kids (aged 8 and 10) absolutely loved it – and the four hours was just the right length of time. Having never done any proper kayaking before this was a wonderful introduction to it and definitely won’t be the last time.
Written 15 May 2020
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Great review! The Tiki Tour is ideal for families to get out & explore places they may not have seen before. It's awesome to hear the kids enjoyed it too & we'd love to have you guys out again for another trip. Thanks for joining us, it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to show you one of our favourite spots!
Written 16 May 2020
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Alison J
Wanaka, New Zealand14 contributions
Fantastic kayaking experience post lockdown and superb way to see our own back yard!
May 2020
We had the pleasure of kayaking with Wanaka Paddle on their first day in level 2 lockdown. Chris and team were offering a "pay what you can" for the half day paddle and I cannot fault the tour. What an amazing opportunity and what a fantastic day we had - right on our doorstep. Seeing the peninsula, mainland and lakes from the water was quite spectacular. Our guide Laurie was a peal of wisdom - so enthusiastic with teaching us about local Maori history , as well as his passion for the local habitat. The cooler weather was no issue, Paddle Wanaka are well prepared. Also loved that they picked us up on the boat (covered and with heating) from our destination so we could paddle further and didn't need to head back to where we started from.
Thanks guys - Amazing trip!
Written 15 May 2020
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Thank you for an awesome review!! It's been such a great opportunity for us to connect with Wanaka locals who may not have chosen otherwise to come out for a kayak with us. The Tiki Tour is a fantastic trip which is right on our doorstep & offers stunning views not seen from the mainland. Glad you enjoyed the trip, & many thanks for your detailed review.
Written 16 May 2020
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Fazzi
6 contributions
Best thing we did on wanaka
Feb 2020 • Couples
We went for kayaking in the morning,and it was more like a private tour as it was just us along with our wonderful guide shira . The lake was calm and beautiful and misty mountains,it was so beautiful,we did kayaking for like 4 hours ,it was such a nice experience. Shira was such an amazing guide,we had a really good time with her talking about the countries, history and culture.
Written 8 March 2020
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Thank you! The Tiki Tour is an great way to explore Lake Wanaka, glad you had Shira all to yourselves! Sounds like the weather was perfect too! Thanks again for choosing us.
Written 9 March 2020
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Peta
4 contributions
What a fantastic activity
Feb 2020 • Couples
I highly recommend paddle wanaka for a kayaking activity. We did the half day tour on Lake Wanaka and it was excellent. Tyler, our guide, was brilliant and his commentary on the surrounding area was interesting and informative. The organisation of the activity was also very good. We would 100% use them again if we are lucky enough to come back to the area.
Written 23 February 2020
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Thank you! It's lovely to hear you enjoyed the Tiki Tour with Tyler & we'd happily have you back again for another trip. Kayaking on Lake Wanaka is a beautiful way to get out & about & surround yourself with beautiful scenery. Thanks for your feedback regarding the trip, our organisation & taking the time to review.
Written 24 February 2020
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DJandR
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Tremendous Tiki Tour
Fantastic trip, spectacular scenery, informative guide and delicious morning tea at the amazing spot of Bull Island
Vicki W
Vicki W
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SUP first timers
We decided to try SUP's and really enjoyed the experience... great instructions were given, heaps of fun! Ideal spo
Jenna_Paulschn
Jenna_Paulschn
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Fun and adventurous day by experts of kayak
It was the most amazing activity we've done in Wanaka. So much fun, the place and the river are stunning, the guide
MaryMcKeowen
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Water Taxi Adventure
This is a new service offered by paddle wanaka...a water taxi service to mou waho island, half way up lake wanaka.
WendyWa131
WendyWa131
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Great adventure paddle for the teens
After a few failed attempts to get up the mountains with no chains we made it to Wanaka, the lake was magic & the t
Keri M
Keri M
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Unforgettable Self Guided Beach Front Rental
What a way to spend the first weekend of Level 2! Taking time to enjoy adventures in our amazing big backyard and s
lauraross2015
lauraross2015
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Kayaking and swimming on a pristine Mountain Lake - We were the only ones there!
Abby spent the day with us touring us around Lake Wanaka. It was a pretty long kayak but had a nice snack on a be
amandat7669
amandat7669
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The perfect way to see Wanaka
My son (13) and I did this tour and loved it. It was much more fun than lake kayaking- if you’re up for a bit of an
Jase8047
Jase8047
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Awesome adventure
What an awesome afternoon kayaking down the river. Tyler our guide was extremely informative and welcoming. From st
benlN5073CS
benlN5073CS
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Tyler made it easy
We are retirees with no prior experience white water kayaking, and my wife in particular went into the kayak trip w
mattcauser
mattcauser
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Kayaks, Kānuka and Kick-ass brownies
My partner and I took on some white water kayaking with Tyler as our guide. We were lucky that there was just the t
margaretdstewart
margaretdstewart
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Hitting the splashy splashy parts!
We had a fantastic time with Joel and Shira!Highly recommend making the trip. It’s a beautiful trip and even with n
AileenOnHolidays
AileenOnHolidays
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So much fun!
Had a fantastic afternoon kayaking the river with our guides Tyler and Joel. The trip is very well organized, good
AM_Oakland
AM_Oakland
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Kayaking on the Clutha
We spent a very fun & lovely afternoon on the Clutha with Tyler and Joel. Both great guides - told us a lot about
HotTaMolly
HotTaMolly
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Beautiful and exciting 1/2 day excursion!
Great experience with terrific views! Rapids were perfect for me, a person with just a few short flat water kayakin
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