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. You will also want to bring shoes that you can walk in to the top of Mou Waho island.
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?
You do not need to have any kayaking experience, but a reasonable level of fitness is good since you have a full day of kayaking ahead of you!
How long does it take?
You should allow for 8 hours, which includes a few minutes of driving time, about 4 hours of solid kayaking, lunch and picnic time, about an hour of trail walking, and about a 45 minute powerboat ride. If you have a couple of days to spare you may like our Mac Daddy trip.
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! Please contact us by phone or email for prices and if you would like to book a private tour.
Will I fall in?
The kayaks we use for our Southern Explorer 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 hold a lot of gear.
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?
Generally, the Southern Explorer goes about 16 km from the town of Wanaka to Mou Waho Island. If we are unable to make it all the way to the island in time, the water-taxi will be there to assist with getting the rest of the way.