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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 lakes and rivers options in Lake Wanaka

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

Catch and Cook - When luxury means a day out on Lake Wanaka fishing, count me in!

I love messing about in boats! Casting a line on a lake of pristine beauty, and having your catch prepared by a Michelin Star Chef at a lakefront luxury lodge? Messing about just got fancy!

A Wanaka River Journey OR 'Why I fell in love with Mt Aspiring National Park"

Jet boats. Speed. Thrills. Excitement. Shrieking. Breath-stealing gasps of glacier-fed spray in your face. All this and Mt Aspiring National Park - it's a Must Do!

Share your Lake Wanaka Story

Tell us your story about your time in the Lake Wanaka region - the activities you loved, the places you stayed and the people you met, whether you just passed through or stayed forever!

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!

Stoked for Saturday? In the Lake Wanaka region, we ALWAYS are!

Check out this amazing video taken over a weekend in the Lake Wanaka region by Canadian Kiwi's Jenna and Jordan from Stoked for Saturday!

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

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

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

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Lake Cruise and Island Nature Walk, a "must-do" in Wanaka; Rob Roy Glacier Guided Trek (the jewel of Mt. Aspiring National Park); Alpine...

, Wanaka

From $125 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

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

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

This exciting 60 minute adventure begins with a relaxing 15 minute jaunt across the lake before entering the mighty Clutha River.
Here, this NZ...

The Log Cabin,, Wanaka

From $109 NZD

Wanaka Kayaks offer freedom rentals and guided tours. We have modern sea kayaks, as well as sit-on-tops kayaks for families.

We supply the kayak,...

Lakefront, Wanaka

From $12 NZD

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

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

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

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

30 Rata St, Wanaka

From $100 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

We are the only authorised PADI Dive Centre south of Christchurch. We offer: PADI dive courses, hire equipment, retail sales, equipment advice &...

20 Achilles Place, Wanaka

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

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

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

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

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

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Our comprehensive retail store can supply you with fishing gear (hire or buy) – spin, fly and sea we have all the lures...

10 Helwick Street, Wanaka

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