Keen to have a relaxed adventure in a stunning location?

Join us on our most popular trip, the Tiki Tour!

Our friendly guides will meet you in town, and then whisk you away by water taxi to a remote section of the lake. Soon you will be out exploring Lake Wanaka’s outstanding coastline as you kayak through crystal clear blue water, learn about the local area, and have some great laughs!


· Half-day of relaxed kayaking with great photo opportunities

· Includes drinks and our famous brownie!

· Water-taxi ride to the trip starting location

· Operates in most weather conditions

· Beginners and families welcome!


Departs: 9:00 AM & 2:00 PM

Allow: 4 hours

Bring: Sunscreen, clothing you don’t mind getting a little wet, a water bottle, a camera, warm clothing if needed. Don’t forget swimwear if you are keen to take a dip!

Includes: Kayaking & light refreshments. Water-taxi ride from town to the trip start point. Pickup from the Wanaka I-site or your Wanaka accommodation.


The Tiki Tour starts with you meeting one of your guides, either at the Wanaka I-site or right at your accommodation door! From there, it’s a quick drive down to the lake, where you will all hop onto a water-taxi, beginning your 15-minute scenic cruise to a remote section of the lake. Your guide will explain the lay of the land and the plan for the day.

Arriving at the kayak starting point, you’ll get your safety gear on, get a kayaking skills lesson, and get on the water! The pace you paddle at is determined by the group dynamics, and whether you are 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 an epic spot to take a rest and have a picnic (a light beverage, plus the best brownie you will ever have!)

Looping back to your start point (after exploring a few more hidden sweet-spots and taking a few more photos), you’ll leave the kayaks behind, hop back on the water-taxi, and cruise back into town. Your guide will be drop you back off where you started, and you can spend the rest of your day wishing you were still on the water!

Exact location/route may vary depending on the conditions.


Adult: $135

Child (under 13 years): $95

Cancellations: Customers may cancel or rebook without penalty up to 24 hours prior to trip departure. Cancellations or no-shows after this time will be charged full price


What do I wear? 

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.

What should I bring?

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.

Do I need to be experienced?

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.

How long does it take?

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.

Do I need to be able to swim?

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.

Can we have a private tour?

Yes! If you would like a private tour, please contact us to book it. The cost for a private Tiki Tour is $220 for adults and $95 for children under 13.

Will I fall in?

The kayaks we use for our Tiki Tours are very stable, so it is unlikely that you will fall in. Your guide will be there to help you learn to use your boat and show you how to manouever it safely, as well as to assist if you have any difficulties.

Will I get wet?

We will try and keep you as dry as possible, but getting a little wet from the splashing of your paddle is normal.

What type of kayak do you use?

We use a double sea kayak with a simple rudder system called a Mission Eco Niizh. They are very stable and great for first time kayakers.

What weather do you kayak in?

We go rain or shine! If there’s a lot of wind around making the lake choppy, we know some great sheltered spots where we can still go kayaking!

How far do we kayak?

How far you go depends on how fast your group decides to paddle, but typically Tiki Tours go a total of 5-8 km.


  • Kayaking on Lake Wanaka was absolutely amazing. I was skeptical of kayaking in the winter but I think it might actually be a better winter activity. Also, Paddle Wanaka prepares you with all the gear needed before the trip. Rhianna, our guide, was SO kind, outgoing and informative. She taught our group a lot about Wanaka and more generally, New Zealand. It was a half-day tour and she brought us to a small beach where she prepared us coffee, hot chocolate and served us brownies. If you’re looking for something to do around Lake Wanaka, definitely go kayaking!