How to best enjoy the lake

More than just beautiful to look at... Here are some of the best ways to explore Lake Wānaka.


The ever popular stand-up paddleboard (or SUP as it's more commonly referred to), is one sport that's taking the world by storm. It's tranquil, affordable and you can do it on your own or with a group.

For all your SUP needs check out Paddle Wanaka, set up right on the beach for maximum convenience, they have boards to rent, do intro courses and guided trips.   

Book a sunset cruise

Watch the sunset while cruising the beautiful Lake Wānaka with a wine in hand - sound idyllic? Lake Wanaka Cruises offers not only a beautiful scenic trip via That Wānaka Tree and Ruby Island but you can enjoy the views with a glass of local wine, a beer and a cheese platter. Now that's a happy hour!


Lake Wanaka Yacht Charters has the only lake sailing charter experience in the South Island. Sail on a Noelex 25 yacht that's built right here in New Zealand. 

You can either bareboat (for experienced sailors) or take a skippered charter from 2.5 hours to overnight. They even have a scenic mooring at the stunning Glendhu Bay for your night onboard. 

Go on a jet-ski tour

Sometimes all you want is a bit of an adrenaline rush. This is where Lakeland Wanaka step in with their stylish (and fast) jet-skis.

Take a tour on your own, with your partner or a group of friends. Their knowledgeable guides will show you the best of Lake Wānaka - this trip definitely ticks the fun box!  

Fish like a pro

Davey from Adventure Wanaka will not only take you out on his fantastic spacious boat (complete with a BBQ) to find you a fish, he will show you some of the most beautiful spots and throw in a few yarns along the way!

Combo it up!

Jet boat with Wanaka River Journeys starting on Lake Wānaka, heading up the Matukituki River and if you're still up for an adventure? Pack Raft back downstream. 

Heli to the top of Mt Burke, bike down to get picked up by boat from Wanaka Water Taxis and taken to Mou Waho island for a short walk then enjoy the scenic boat back into Wānaka. All this done in half a day! through Wanaka Bike Tours 

Jet boat with Go Jets from Lake Wānaka down the Clutha River, and for a different perspective on the return trip - you can jump on a bike and ride the tracks that take you alongside the river you just explored by boat. 

Eco Wanaka turns a boat trip into a nature tour, with rare birds, insects and a visit to the "island on a lake, on an island on a lake, on an island in the ocean" !