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Lake & River Water Fun  

Dip your toe in, dip a rod in or launch your boat in to the crystal-clear heart of the region’s outdoor lifestyle. Just pick yourself a waterway, you’ll most likely be the only ones there.

For many people the water around the Lake Wanaka region is the main reason to visit and you can’t blame them.

On the lakes there’s plenty of space for everything from sedate sailing to genteel angling and high-velocity jet boating without even coming in view of each other, while family paddling and elite open water swimmers can be equally unaware.

And it’s up to you whether you bring some friends along to enjoy the place or just choose from an endless supply of waterside spots you can have to yourself.

Apart from the odd trout cruising past that is, there’s a heap of them.  

Lake Wanaka and water. If only everything in life was this clear.

Water Skiing, Lake Wanaka Style - The Shortest Day - June 22

Jetboat down one of the braided rivers from Mount Aspiring National Park or try the mighty Clutha River and Lake Wanaka
Stalk wild brown and rainbow trout with a professional guide, drift fish on a purpose built raft, or try fishing from a boat
We have a superb range of rivers available to kayak plus kayaking on Lake Wanaka and multi day tours.
Boat Cruises
Boat Cruises
Lake Wanaka is New Zealand's fourth largest lake and there are beaches, bays and bush clad islands just waiting to be explored

Search the listings below to find options to suit. Just click on a tab or use the drop down options to refine your search. You can also read stories from our Lake Wanaka blog and find recommended trips to suit any travel style or stay length.

More information on Water Activities, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

@Lebackpacker NZMustDo Wanaka River Journeys

I love boats. I love speed. And I love stunning landscapes. Well guess what? Lake Wanaka Tourism found for me the perfect tour in the region that offers all of these: Wanaka River Journeys in Mt Aspiring National Park.

Adventure Wanaka - Perfect Fishing Conditions at Lake Wanaka

When Lake Wanaka Visitor Center's staff went fishing with Davy from Adventure Wanaka they discovered the excitement of the 'catch of the day'.

White Water Sledging - or 'How I became a FROGZ Fanatic!'

You can't go far in the Lake Wanaka region without running into pure, clear running water! Pristine lakes, rivers and streams are everywhere, which is lucky because when the weather is great - most of the time - you'll want to get wet!

Mou Wahou Island The Hidden Gem of the Lake

A magical thirty minute boat ride from the town center of Wanaka lies a hidden gem that draws locals and visitors to become part of the wondrous rejuvenation of an islands native flora and wildlife.

Dad, where are we going? China's Top TV Show comes to Wanaka!

For the first time China's number 2 television show films outside of China. Where do the shows celebrities take a well earned break from a busy schedule? The Lake Wanaka region, New Zealand. The stars of the show found plenty of things to do in Wanaka.

10 Must Do's on the Lakes and Rivers

Dip your toe in, dip in a rod or launch your boat in to the region's outdoor lifestyle. Just pick yourself a waterway, you're likely the only ones there!

Kayak to the best kept secret island on New Zealand's Lake Wanaka

Getting out on the lakes and rivers in the Lake Wanaka region is one of the Top Ten things to do while in the area. Here's why...

3 amazing reasons to LOVE a Wanaka River Journey

Jet boat deep into the heart of Mt Aspiring National Park, then take a walk into native New Zealand forest and snap a pic of a stunning waterfall, then helicopter up to a glacier! All in a fantastic half day adventure in Wanaka.

A lake on an island, on a lake on an island, in the ocean...

Sounds a little like a fairy tale - a lost world on a secret island, but this beautiful place really exists in the breathtaking Lake Wanaka region. Join our resident influencers on a journey to the hidden gem of Mou Waho Island.

How to go camping like a Kiwi

That good old camping holiday as a kid. Long, hot days, swimming in the lake, the smell of barbecuing sausages and summer - these relaxing holidays still exist at Lake Hawea near Wanaka, New Zealand.

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Wilkin River Jets/Backcountry Helicopters.
Established 1968 and pioneers of shallow water jet boating and wilderness discovery. Operating from the timeless land of Makarora -...

Haast Pass Highway SH6 Cnr, Makarora-Wanaka

From $119 NZD

More than an exciting jet boat ride… this half day wilderness adventure takes you where you oughta go-Mount Aspiring National Park. See hanging...

Departures from 99 Ardmore, Wanaka

From $229 NZD

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Backcountry Helicopters offers personalised scenic helicopter flights.

Departing from Makarora to Mount Aspiring, Milford Sound or Mount Cook your flight will encompass more glaciers...

Cnr Rata Rd/State Higway 6, Wanaka

From $150 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 41 reviews

Experience stunning Lake Wanaka from the deck of our luxury 8 metre launch.
We offer fishing, cruising, picnics and private charters on the lake.

74 Bill's Way, Wanaka

From $99 NZD

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Based on 122 reviews

Offering a range of “must-do” adventures including Lake Cruise and Island Nature Walk, Rob Roy Glacier Guided Walk, Heli Hiking the Alpine Lakes...

Wanaka Marina, Wanaka

From $145 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Based on 179 reviews

Fish & Cruise Wanaka operates year round, giving you the chance to enjoy the lake in comfort with our experienced local guides.
A guided...

PO Box 784, Wanaka

From $90 NZD

Fishing from a boat for Rainbow and Brown Trout and Chinook Salmon. Suitable for people for any age and experience.

I have a money...

RD 2, Wanaka

Fly-Walk-Jetboat. 4 hours of unique New Zealand wilderness experience including a 25 minute scenic aeroplane flight, 3 hour bush/valley walk and 30 minute...

State Highway 6, Makarora West

From $299 NZD

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Based on 27 reviews

Release specialises in luxury tailor-made holidays for friends, families and corporate organisations wanting to experience the best of Wanaka. At Release Wanaka we...

, Wanaka

From $395 NZD

Lake cruises, Island visits, bush walks and boat charters. We can cater for private functions and conferences for up to 40 passengers. BBQ,...

The Log Cabin,, Lake Wanaka

From $10 NZD

Hunting the New Zealand Red Stag with Glen Dene Hunting and Fishing means an unforgettable experience. Sited between two World Heritage areas reaching...

Haast Highway, Wanaka

From $800 NZD

We operate unique eco rafting adventures on New Zealand's largest river ~ the Clutha Mata-Au. Our rafting trips combine a nature experience with...

, Wanaka

From $135 NZD

Descend the spectacular canyons of the Matukituki valley. Explore your way through crystal pools and native forest.
Plunge down water polished chutes, abseil...

100 Ardmore St, Wanaka

From $240 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 5

Based on 110 reviews

There’s no better way to spend a fun-filled day on Lake Wanaka than by hiring a New Seadoo GTI130 jet ski
Whether you...

7 Frederick Street, Wanaka

From $250 NZD

Come and enjoy the exhilaration of flying high above Lake Wanaka or Lake Hawea under a parasail. Single or tandem options available (weight...

Lakeside Road, Wanaka

From $120 NZD

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Based on 17 reviews

Ride behind one of the world's premier purpose-built Nautique wakeboard boats.
We provide coaching, music, wetsuits and equipment; all you need to bring...

25 Ewing Place, Wanaka

Offering a range of skippered day & overnight sightseeing excursions with on board facilities for a memorable event. Dual Image is a 55ft...

82 Meadowstone Drive, Wanaka

From $75 NZD

Paddle Wanaka offer half day, full day and multi day guided kayak tours as well as freedom rentals from Wanaka lakefront.
We have...

Lakefront, Wanaka

From $12 NZD

Challenge yourself when you take ‘A Frogz Eye View’ of big rapids of the mighty Kawarau River.
Go down the Roaring Meg section twice...

, Queenstown

From $159 NZD

Get the most from your precious time in the trout fishing paradise that surrounds Wanaka. The guides at Southern Rivers Fly Fishing have...

10 Poppy Lane, Wanaka

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Based on 25 reviews

Mt Aspiring National Park itinerary

Find out more information on a Mt Aspiring National Park holiday in Lake Wanaka