Looking for a relaxing day sightseeing? Wanting to visit our nature islands? Or just wanting some fun with the family our boat hire packages are sure to suit. Have the freedom to explore the lake and admire the scenery with family or friends with our boat hire. Set your own personal location and duration and discover some of Wanaka’s hidden features.


Hire rental boat and tour Lake Wanaka at your own pace. Lake Wanaka has so many hidden coves and islands to discover, and hiring a boat means you have the freedom to choose how long you want to spend exploring.

Our boat for hire is a 6.5m Stabicraft. You can carry a maximum of 8 passengers, and all safety equipment is provided. No licence is required, however skippers must be over 18 years of age and have a full understanding of New Zealand Maritime Rules. Basic training will be provided before hire, including general operation of the boat plus description of navigational hazards on the lake itself.

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Boat hire is subject to weather conditions and availability. Prices are exclusive of fuel costs, which will be calculated on your return. Boat hire is subject to the discretion of Lakeland Wanaka staff.





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Driver Age

The minimum age to hire and drive our boats is 18 years. Drivers must be named during the hire for insurance purposes.

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Freedom Hire

All hires are freedom hirea ie without any guides/skippers. You are responsible for your own safety and need to stay within your experience levels

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Experience Required

Maritime experience is required to hire and drive our boats. You will be quizzed on Maritime Laws prior to departure ie giveaway and speed laws.

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Our hire boats our surveyed to a maximum capacity of 8 persons. This includes children and infants etc.

Before you arrive

Departure Point:

The Wanaka Wharf 100 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Please check-in 15 minutes prior to your hire period at our Lakeland Wanaka beachfront trailer

We provide:

  • Life jackets and all safety equipment
  • Operation instructions
  • Recommendations depending on conditions
  • Storage for smaller items

What to bring

  • Cameras (especially phones), as there will be opportunities for photos - however all electronics are carried at your own risk  
  • Dress for the weather - when in doubt, please bring extra layers
  • I.D. (for the boat hire forms)

No Availability?

All our vessel rentals do not show availability and therefore you booking will need to be confirmed by us. Please call prior to booking to check availability and weather conditions if booking within a week of your desired time slot.


Do I need a license or any experience to hire the boat?

You don't need a license, but you will need to have experience operating a boat before hand and know the Maritime Rules i.e. give way rules, speed restrictions and buoyage systems.

How many people can go on the boat?

The maximum capacity for our hire boat is 8 people.

What is provided?

We provide a detailed induction on the boat's operation and its safety equipment, there are life jackets provided for all sizes including infants. Water sports equipment like tubes and skis can be hired for an additional cost.

Where can we go?

Lake Wanaka has many beautiful locations to visit including Ruby Island, Mou Waho or Stevenson’s arm. Our staff can advise you on the best locations on the day.

How long does it take to get to Moa Waho?

It takes around 45 minutes to get to Moa Waho at around 40 kph.

Can I be hired for multiple days?

Our boat can be hired for multiple days and has the option to be trailered, please email or call to discuss your options. We require a minimum of 48 hours’ notice for multi day hires


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