Tiki Tour – kayaking on Lake Wanaka
Want to go further than Roy’s Bay or Ruby Island? Come paddle with us! Our Tiki Tour provides you with an opportunity to explore more of the remote areas of Lake Wanaka.
Consider our guides as a friendly local you’ve never met – who will simply show you the way to our favourite locations.
When was the last time, if ever, you ventured out to Stevenson’s Island or discovered the Emerald Bluffs at Glendhu Bay? We’ll show you some sweet spots, share some local tales, and have a good old yarn along the way. Our local crew love meeting fellow Kiwis.
Combined with our water taxi Te Toa, this one way kayaking journey is a perfect activity for those keen to get active in the outdoors. Whether you live locally, you’re visiting our beautiful town on a weekend getaway, or you’re on a classic New Zealand family holiday, this easy paddling kayaking trip is ideal for friends, couples, families and active oldies.
We’re passionate about the environment and our own backyard, and we’d like nothing better than to escort you round some of our favourite spots.
If you are looking for more of an adventure however, Kayak the Mighty Clutha may be the ideal trip for you.
**Weight restriction 110kgs per person – please contact us with any enquiries**
· Half-day of relaxed kayaking with great photo opportunities
· Includes drinks and our famous brownie!
· One way water taxi ride*
· Operates in most weather conditions
· Beginners and families welcome!
*May not be available if booked less than 24hours in advance
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. One way water-taxi transfer. Pickup from the Wanaka I-site or your Wanaka accommodation.
The Tiki Tour starts with you meeting one of your guides at the Wanaka I-site. From there you'll begin your 15-minute scenic drive to where we'll start our journey.
Your guide will explain the lay of the land and the plan for the trip.
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 a couple of hours 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!)
After exploring a few more hidden sweet-spots and taking a few more photos, you’ll help pack up the kayaks, hop on the Paddle Wanaka powerboat Te Toa for a cruise back to where you started. Your guide will drop you back off at the iSite, 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. Water taxi transfers may not be available if booked less than 24 hours in advance.
Child (under 13 years): $149
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 $189 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.
We went for kayaking in the morning,and it was more like a private tour as it was just us along with our wonderful guide shira . The lake was calm and beautiful and misty mountains,it was so beautiful,we did kayaking for like 4 hours ,it was such a nice experience. Shira was such an amazing guide,we had a really good time with her talking about the countries, history and culture. February 2020
I highly recommend paddle wanaka for a kayaking activity. We did the half day tour on Lake Wanaka and it was excellent. Tyler, our guide, was brilliant and his commentary on the surrounding area was interesting and informative. The organisation of the activity was also very good. We would 100% use them again if we are lucky enough to come back to the area.
My wife and I enjoyed an absolutely wonderful afternoon on Lake Wanaka on the half-day Tiki Tour. Although we had previous experience with Canoe, Rowboats and Rafting, this was our first Kayak experience. We received amazing instructions and could quickly enjoy the scenery. It was also a bit of a welcomed workout, but not at all challenging. We especially enjoyed all the stories about Lake Wanaka, the region and New Zealand in general. Thanks for the nice chats and banter! Highly recommend!
We were so impressed with our guide Laurie from Paddle Wanaka who was really well-informed, interesting, professional and laid-back. We did a 4 hour Tiki tour. Really relaxing way to spend a morning with some breathtaking scenery. Fancy kayaks with wet guards and rudders made it all very easy. Well worth the money.
A great afternoon out in stunning surroundings. It was a little windy - and we weren’t sure we would get out on the water - but things improved and we had a fantastic paddle. A welcome stop for tea / coffee and excellent brownie, and then through some choppy conditions to reach the flatter water and the sunshine. Laurie was a superb guide, full of information and insights into the area and Maori legend - and tips on the kayaking. A superb experience on our NZ holiday - highly recommended. DECEMBER 2019
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!