'The Tiki Tour' Kayak Lake Wanaka

Explore Lake Wanaka by kayak and see Stevenson's Island, Dublin Bay and Glendhu Bay!
Wanaka, New Zealand
4 hours
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
9:00 am to 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
5 years
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Snack Included
What's Included

  • Fully guided half day kayak tour on Lake Wanaka
  • 8-10 kms of easy paddling (2.5 hours on water)
  • Optional 15-minute peninsula or island walk available
  • Relaxed kayaking with great photo opportunities
  • Includes drinks and brownies
  • Water-taxi ride to the trip starting location
  • Operates in most weather conditions
  • Pickup from the Wanaka I-site or your Wanaka accommodation


  • Lake Wanaka
  • Stevenson's Island
  • The Peninsula
  • Glendhu Bay
  • Dublin Bay

    Exact location/route may vary depending on the conditions.
Why do we love this

We love the different sightseeing experience this tour gives you. Seeing Lake Wanaka form the water is a different and exciting way to do things. 

What to Expect

This the best way to spend half a day at Lake Wanaka and escape the crowds. An easy guided paddle along the beautiful Lake Wanaka coastline, complete with incredible scenery and water views. Suitable for all levels this trip is a favourite for all. 

Your adventure starts either at the Wanaka I-site or right at your accommodation door! From here, you'll enjoy a free transfer to the start location. Meet your guides and drive down to the lake, where you will all hop onto a water-taxi and begin a 15-minute scenic cruise. Your destination is a remote section of the lake that's beautiful and untouched. Here, your guide will explain the plan for the day.

Next, you’ll get your safety gear on and partake in a quick kayaking skills lesson. Afterwards, it's time to get on the water!
The pace you paddle at is determined by the group dynamics, and whether you're more interested in taking photos or in testing out your Olympic sprint time.

No matter how fast you go, after about an hour your guide will find you a gorgeous spot to take a rest and have a picnic. Enjoy a light beverage and one of the famous 'Paddle Wanak brownies. Yum! 

After lunch, loop back to your start point, exploring a few more hidden gems along the way. You might catch glimpses of Stevensons Island, The Peninsula and even Glendhu Bay.

Once you reach your start point, you'll leave the kayaks behind and hop back on the water taxi for a scenic cruise back into town.

Your guide will then drop you back off where you started.

Please note exact location/route may vary depending on the conditions. Allow 4 hours for this tour. Tours depart 9.00am and 2.00pm.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    You will want to wear clothing that you don’t mind getting a little wet. You won’t get soaked, but a little bit of splashing is normal. Dress in clothing that is active and appropriate for the weather.

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    All you’ll need is active clothing, sunscreen and other sun protection, a water bottle, and maybe your camera. We provide all safety gear, plus a splash jacket and spray skirt to keep you as dry as possible.

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    Not at all! The Tiki Tour is great for first-time paddlers and families. The pace and the route will be adapted by your guide to fit the needs of the group.

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    From the time we pick you up, until the time we drop you off, you should anticipate about 4 hours. Transport by water-taxi is usually about 20 minutes each way, and we’ll spend about 2.5 hours on the water and picnicking.

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    You do not need to be able to swim, but please let your guide know so that they can make sure you are comfortable on the water.

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    Terms & Conditions:

    • Risk Awareness: Participation with Paddle Wanaka will require signing a risk disclose form on the day.
    • Things to consider are listed below:
      1) By undertaking this activity, I am aware that I may get wet in some manner, I understand that conditions may change and can get very cold and windy. I am prepared for this.
      2) I understand that this is an outdoor activity, and as such there is always an element of risk involved that may cause serious harm or worse to myself or others, if my actions are inappropriate.
      3) I will listen to, and follow, all instructions given to me by Paddle Wanaka staff.

    Cancellation Policy:

    • Cancellations must be given 24 hours prior to the commencement of the tour to receive a full refund.
    • If Paddle Wanaka needs to cancel a booking for any reason, customers will be notified as early as possible, and will be given the option to rebook or be refunded 100% of the trip cost.
    • If on the date of the tour a pre-booked customer does not turn up for whatever reason, no refund will be given.

    Pickup Locations
    • Edgewater Resort
    • Lakeside Apartments
    • The Moorings
    • Wanaka Isite
    • Wanaka Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels
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    2 Adults + 2 Children:
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