Explore Lake Wanaka at your pace ~ Paddle Wanaka

Surround yourself with snowy mountains, enjoy the crisp winter air and warm up with a paddle. Hire kayaks and paddle boards from our beachfront van, paddle to Ruby Island and hop on a heated water taxi back, or simply hang out in the bay and relax.

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Locally owned & operated, Paddle Wanaka offers something for everyone with equipment hire for kayaking and paddle board, guided trips and water taxi support. Whether it's a casual rental from Wanaka lakefront, one way water taxi assisted missions, guided tours or instruction, we offer a range of activities to suit all levels and abilities. We have sea kayaks, sit-on-tops kayaks and stand up paddle boards to suit. Paddle Wanaka is a progressive company with an infectious passion to share the beautiful Lake Wanaka & the mighty Clutha River.

Winter experiences (1st May – 30 September)

Kayak or Paddleboard Hire plus Water Taxi from Ruby Island (3hrs return)

This affordable and fun experience is perfect for families or those wanting a gentle way to explore Lake Wanaka. It includes kayak or paddle board hire to Ruby Island and is topped off with a heated water taxi ride back to town. This leaves daily at 12noon. Paddle Out. Hang Out. Cruise Back. Picnics encouraged!

The Mission (Remote kayak Hire)   (4hr return)

Are you feeling a bit more adventurous? This Mission is designed get you off the beaten track. We'll drop you and your gear off at a remote location and leave you 4 hours to paddle back to town. There's plenty of space in the kayaks to pack warm gear and we'll provide some gloves to make sure those fingers stay toasty. Escape the Bay and make your own adventure. Daily departures from 10am. Prices from $55pp.

Island Shuttle

We do this for our winter folk only. Hop on our heated water taxi and head out to Mou Waho Island (3hours return). This departs daily at 10am and prices are from $65pp. Want a shorter trip? Take a look at heading to Ruby Island instead (1hour return). Daily departures are at 2pm, prices from $20.

Beach Rentals 

Come on down to our beach rental van and hire a kayak or paddleboard within Roys Bay. The lake is super inviting and getting out on the water is a must-do in Wanaka! We have options of 1hour, 2 hour and 3 hour rentals

To arrange something different for groups, please email us at [email protected] or call 0800 926 925.


Paddle Wanaka specialise in being able to tailor both our guided activities and courses to suit every ones needs. Group activities can be easily adapted to accomodate specific requirements.

Physical Address

Wanaka Waterfront, Corner of Dungarven Street and Ardmore Street. Look for the van., Wanaka


$20.00 to $125.00

Kayak plus Water Taxi - $50 / $30
The Mission (remote hire) - $85 / $55
Kayak and Paddle Board Hire - From $20
Winter Island Shuttle - From $35

Mon-Fri 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM – 5:30PM
Sunday 10:00AM – 5:30PM
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