Imagine surrounding yourself with crystal clear water & the impressive Southern Alps mountain range.

Want to get out on the lake? Choose either a kayak or a SUP & head off to explore some of the lakes most beautiful locations. Our popular half day tours the Lake Escape & the Tiki Tour are ideal for those with or without paddling experience. Or if you have more time to spare chose our Southern Explorer, which is our full day kayaking option. These lake trips are combined perfectly with our water taxi to ensure you have an memorable time out on the water.

• The Lake Escape (SUP) daily departures 9am (*1pm)

• The Tiki Tour daily departures 9am & 2pm (*10am)

• The Southern Explorer daily departures 8am (*9am)

* Lake tours operate July & August at these times.

Want more of an adventure? Then let’s get you out on New Zealand second longest river! Challenge yourself on this wide, swift moving body of water on a sit on top individual river kayak. We have an awesome 19km section for those who are looking for a bit of fun where you can splash around in the playful grade 1-2 rapids.

• Kayak the Mighty Clutha daily departures 9am & 2pm **

• SUP the River – Taster departures 10am **

• SUP River – Lower Pro departures 9am **

**October – April only & you must be able to swim to participate.

All of our guided tours are small & personalised so they can be adapted to suit all skill levels.

The Backpacker Group Members Deal

Paddle Wanaka offers 10% off all guided tours.

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Tours & Products

Tiki Tour – a half day guided kayaking tour on Lake Wanaka:

Daily departures: Sept – April 9am & 2pm (May/July/Aug 10am)


The Lake Escape – a half day guided Stand Up Paddle boarding trip on Lake Wanaka:

Daily departures 9am Sept – April (1pm May/July/Aug)


SUP RiverTaster a half day guided stand up paddle board trip on the Clutha river. Great tour if you are new to SUP.

Daily departures 10am Oct – April


SUP RiverLower Pro grade 1-2 white water with interesting rapids! Best suited to those who have SUPped before.
Daily departures 9am Oct – April


Southern Explorer – full day guided kayaking on Lake Wanaka.

Daily departures 8am Sept – April (9am May/July/Aug)


Kayak the Mighty Clutha – a half day guided kayaking trip on the Clutha River

Daily departures 9am & 2pm

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  • Available for The Backpacker Group members only
  • A valid The Backpacker Group membership card with identification must be presented to staff to claim discount
  • Direct bookings only
  • Not to be used in conjunction with any other discounts, promotions or deals
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Urgent Coronavirus Update

Anyone that has arrived into New Zealand from Monday 16th March 1am is required to self-isolate for 14 days.  If you do not do this you will be deported out of New Zealand if you are caught. If you need advice you can call the health line  0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453  Do not enter a hostel, a hospital or a doctors clinic instead call the health line if you think you have the coronavirus.  If you need somewhere to self-isolate we might be able to help you so send an email to [email protected]  Many hostels are now checking your passports to see when you have entered the country and will report you to the police if you are not following the New Zealand requirements.