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Tiki Tour – Guided Lake Wanaka Kayak Tour (Half Day)

★★★★★ 5 / 5 3 Reviews
Wanaka's only half day guided lake kayaking activity. This is an easy guided paddle exploring Lake Wanaka’s outstanding coastline as you kayak through crystal clear blue water, learn about the local area, and have some great laughs! Great as an introduction to kayaking, or can be tailored to suit those who are more experienced. Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)
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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.

- What Will You Do

This half-day kayaking tour on Lake Wanaka is a great way to explore more of what Lake Wanaka has to offer. This experience is a fantastic introduction to kayaking, with an easy guided paddle navigating aroound the beautiful coastline, enjoying the outstanding scenery.

Loved by all, families and the chilled out characters amongst us, this can be tailored to suit all abilities. You will have 8-10 kilometers of easy paddling with light snacks and refreshments provided.

No experience is required and this small-group tour operates in most weather conditions.

- What To Expect

· Half-day of relaxed kayaking with great photo opportunities
· Includes drinks and our delicious famous brownie!
· Scenic water-taxi ride to the trip starting location
· Small groups
· Locally knowledge from a local guide.

- What Is Included

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

- What Is Not Included

Lunch is not included.

- Transfers

Meet with us 15mins prior to departure time just outside the Wanaka Isite. Look out for the van! Pick ups can also be arrange from accommodation in Wanaka.


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.

Customer Reviews (3 reviews)

Tiki Tour

★★★★★ Reviewed by Nigel on 2019-07-06
We had a wonderful experience out at lake Wanaka for our Tiki Tours. Mainly because we had Chris, who is extremely knowledgeable and friendly as our guide! He told us about the difference between a U-shaped and V-shaped valley, several histories about the lake, the different islands, how certain rock formation are created and also about the wildlife on this small island we visited right after our brownie break (and yea it is super tasty!). We did the tour during Winter and we were just wearing fleece. Of course with the spray skirt and jackets provided by Paddle Wanaka. My partner and I loved the whole experience, especially when we are away from the crowded area. It was really peaceful and quiet while we paddle and learnt about the various topics Chris spoke about. We could have paddled all afternoon if time permits. And that is why, we are going to go back and rent a kayak again within the next few days before we leave Wanaka. We will definitely recommend going on a tour with Paddle Wanaka!

Beautiful morning paddle

★★★★★ Reviewed by Victoria on 2019-04-25
We did the half day tiki tour. The online booking process was straightforward, the meeting point is easy to find. While it was a cool and cloudy morning, the splashjackets and hand covers kept us dry and warm, and the lake was beautiful. Abby, our guide, was fantastic. A highlight of our trip.

Awesome morning on the lake

★★★★★ Reviewed by Stephan on 2019-04-17
This tour is lots of fun and a great way to see more of this amazing place. Our guide Tyler was very knowledgeable both about kayaking and the local area and made the experience very enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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Experience Info

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- Duration: 4 hours
- Printed tickets are accepted
- Mobile tickets are accepted
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