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SUP the River

Are you an experienced Stand Up Paddle-boarder in search of adventure? Do you want to try your SUP skills on an awesome river?

Test your Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) skills on New Zealand’s 2nd largest river and get amongst the playful rapids of the mighty Clutha!

Test your balance and fitness and challenge yourself whilst you cruise down the Clutha River on your Stand Up Paddle board. A stunning, interactive adventure, with 19 kilometres of river paddling.

This tour is fully supported by your expert SUP guide. We run a ratio of 2 clients to one guide. You’ll soon feel like you’re a natural surfer on Wanaka’s best kept secret. In addition to a few straight stretches to build up your heart rate. The lumps and bumps will test your balance and send you for a dip.

For those adventure seekers in search of something more, experience something unique and fun.

If this sounds like it may be a little too wild for you, our Lake Escape may be the ideal trip for you instead.

We run this epic trip on demand. We require a minimum of 2 people to run, just give us call or email info@paddlewanaka.co.nz

All transport to and from location provided

• 2.5 Hours of stand up Paddle-boarding on a grade 1-2 section of river
• Includes drinks and our famous brownie!
• Test your skills to stay standing through the rapids!
• Challenge yourself to SUP 19km start to finish.
• Operates in most weather conditions
• For the experienced SUPers. Tailored especially for the fit and adventurous!
Departs: 9:00AM
Allow: 4 hours
Bring: Sunscreen, swimwear, thermals if needed.
Includes: Stand Up Paddle boarding & light refreshments. Wetsuit (if needed) and all safety equipment. Pickup from the Wanaka I-site or your Wanaka accommodation.
SUP the River Lower Pro 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 river, which is the start point for your epic adventure!

As soon as you arrive, you’ll get your safety gear on, get a SUP skills briefing and instruction on how to behave in the river environment, without further ado you will get on the water! You and your guide will practice your skills on the flat calm water as you progress downstream. Your guide is there to help, and show you all the fun spots. They will give you lots of information about how to travel down the river safely and effectively.

After a little while of smooth, fast-flowing river, your first rapid will appear around the corner. The first of many. Ride it out and see if you can surf the river. Your guide will show you and communicate with you all the way. Show you how to eddy hop, swim in the river safely and climb back on with confidence.

Of course, a trip with Paddle Wanaka wouldn’t be complete without a stop to refuel with some beverages and our famous brownie about half way down. At the end of your trip, you’ll be picked up again and taken back to your starting point in town.
Adult: $199
Child: Enquire
Cancellation: 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 should I wear?

You will want to wear swimwear or something that you don’t mind getting wet. We will supply you with a wetsuit and booties, splash jacket, PFD (personal floatation device), and helmet.

What should I bring?

You don’t need to bring much! Sunscreen, a water bottle, a towel and a change of clothes for after the tour are all recommended.

What equipment is provided?

We will provide stand up paddle boards, paddles, quick-release river leashes, lifejackets, booties and helmets, plus wetsuits and thermal layers if it is cold out. Your guide will have all the appropriate safety equipment for the trip.

Do I need to be experienced?

This trip is designed for experienced paddle-boarders and river rats amongst us. You may enjoy SUP the River – ‘Taster’ if you haven’t been on a SUP before and really want to try the river.

How long does it take?

Allow 4 hours. The whole time on the water is generally 2.5 hours paddling time. There will be some transportation and instructional time at the beginning and end of your trip as well.

Do I need to be able to swim?

On this trip you are much more likely to fall in, so being able to swim is a must. Non-swimmers will likely enjoy the Lake Escape more as an alternative trip.

Can we have a private tour?

Yes! Please contact us by phone or email for prices and to book a private trip.

Will I fall in?

Probably! Taking a “swim” is all part of the fun! Your guide will teach you how to self-rescue before you get on the water, and will be nearby if you do tip out and need extra assistance.

Will I get wet?


What type of board do you use?

We use inflatable SUPs that are quite stable and great fun on the river!

What weather does this trip operate in?

This trip runs rain or shine! If its chilly out we’ll give you some extra thermal layers to keep you nice and toasty!

What grade is the river?

The river section for the SUP trip is a grade 1-2, meaning its fast flowing 19 kilometers section with lots of fun little rapids. Challenge yourself and see if you can surf the river in style.
Paddled the Clutha by SUP in March and had an absolute ball! Great crew, good focus on safety and good gear for use on tours and as rentals

I went out one-on-one with Tyler who was kind, experienced, patient, and a great guy to chat with on a route that leaves a lot of time for chit-chat. The rapids are not overwhelming, though you'll definitely fall off. The equipment provided was solid. All in all, a fun trip. You definitely don't need to be a pro, but you should be out paddleboarding a few times before doing this one. I never went paddleboarding on a river before, though, and it was all good
Allow 4 hours
SUP the River