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self drive boat

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. 


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

Boat hire is subject to weather conditions and availability. Boat hire prices are all plus fuel and are subject to Lakeland Wanaka staff discretion.

Per Hour $200
Half Day (4 hours) $500

(all rates are plus fuel used)


Lake Wanaka, famous for its crystal clear waters and breath taking scenery around every corner. 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.


  • Freedom to explore world famous WANAKA SCENERY
  • TIME OPTIONS to suit your plans
  • SAFTEY EQUIPMENT all included
  • NO SET ROUTES so explore where suits you
  • HASSLE FREE in the heart of Wanaka.
  • 100% KIWI – locally owned and operated

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Boat Hire Restrictions

  • The minimum age to hire is 18 years old
  • Customers need to fully understand Maritime  NZ Law and be able to follow all instructions given by guides & staff
  • The maximum number of passengers is 8 (including children)


Lakeland Wanaka was one of the first water based tourism business in Wanaka having operated for over 40 years. Our safety procedures are of the highest standard both with our operation and safety briefings & screening processes.

Maritime Laws that must be followed at all times.

Our Boat Hire involve yourself (and passengers) having control of your own boat as you tour Lake Wanaka. Due to being in charge of your vessel you are responsible for for following all Maritime Laws which include but not limited to the following:

  • Giving way to your starboard (right) side. Also turning to your starboard (right) side when boats meet head on.
  • Giving way to any vessel you pass making sure you give them plenty of space.
  • Staying alert for other boats, swimmers, kayaks, hazards etc at all times. This includes driving in a manner not to disrupt other vessels in close proximity.
  • Keeping a safe speed taking into account other user traffic and weather conditions.
  • Not exceeding 5knots (idle speed) within 200m of shore, 50m of any other boat/ jet ski/kayak or 50m of any person swimming.
  • Wearing you Life Jacket at all times

Operating Safety.

Prior to departure our staff will show you the controls of your boat including the location and briefing of the safety equipment. This will include recommended areas of travel in respects of other lake users and weather.

Boat Hire Availability

Our boat hire is available year round subject to weather. All hires will be screened for knowledge of Maritime Law etc before any booking is confirmed.

Do I need to book?

Yes, if you are planning to arrive in time for a trip then it’s best you let us know.

CanI take a picnic with me?

Yes, you are welcome to take any food you like but we ask you do not take any alcohol.

How many people can we take?

You can have no more than 8 people of any age in the boat at any time.

Can we hire the boat to go fishing?

Yes, you will need your own equipment and licence.

If we are out on the water having a great time can we stay longer?

Yes, if there is availability you only need to call us to arrange a new due back time and we will inform you of the additional cost. If you are overdue and have not contacted us for a new due back time you may incur a penalty fee.

Do I need a licence or experience?

No, you do not require a special licence or experience. However, we do require all drivers to 18 years or older, have a practical understanding of how to operate a boat and be familiar with maritime law and local (QLDC)navigation laws. All drivers will be given a safety briefing plus instruction on how our boat

What if the weather changes, will we be safe?

We assess the weather before we confirm your booking, before you depart and while you are on the water. We take your experience into consideration when we assess the weather but reserve the right to cancel or cut your booking short if we consider the conditions unfavourable. It is our strict assessment of the water conditions that keeps you safe. Refunds are available if we cancel your reservation and we are unable to reschedule to a time that’s convenient to you.

When does out time on the water start?

Your pre booked departure time is when the clock starts, regardless of if you leave earlier or later. For example, if you book a 9.30am 2-hour hire this means your departure time is set for 9.30am and your return is set at 11.30am, to ensure you can make the most of your reservation arrive early. Before you depart you will need to fill out our waiver, observe our safety briefing, and load your family.

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"First of all I want to say that the staff will alone sets this jet boat experience apart from any others! Jeremiah really knows his stuff when it comes to Lake Wanaka, the surrounding areas and the history. Seeing the lake from the shoreline can’t beat this thrill of a boat ride around the lake and onto the gorgeous turquoise blue water show of the Clutha River- I would recommend it to anybody visiting Wanaka!"


Trip Advisor

"Last week I went on a Jet boat trip with there guy’s! The team is very friendly and professional. Because they work with smaller groups it feels like a personal trip. The trip takes you along a beautiful river with a lot of hidden treasures and history. I would recommend them if you want to experience a unique Jet boat ride in New Zealand!"

Erwan C

Trip Advisor

"First time on a jet ski, and it was great. I didn't want to give it back! Very easy to operate, but exciting to ride on. We went out onto Lake Wanaka and visited one of the bigger islands, where the guide gave us an explanation about the history. We were free to experiment on the jet ski and try different moves, as well as going fast! Well worth doing, and am thinking about getting one myself now!"


Trip Advisor

"Hired kayaks from the lakefront $30 each for 2 hours and worth every cent. Beautiful low key way to see the lake. We paddled slowly around the shoreline to waterfall creek and back with lots of time to stop along the way."

Kylie O

Trip Advisor

"Did this trip in July and loved every minute of it. The Clutha River is great to go on in a jet boat as it is very fast running and the water crystal clear. The driver offers good informed commentary during the trip as well as the expected thrills the jet boat ride offers. Personally I thought this trip was better than some of the other one's I went on in nearby Queenstown."


Trip Advisor

"What a neat experience! Was super-friendly and fun, the boat was fast, the river was beautiful, and we learned a ton about the area during this ride, amidst the thrills. The Clutha is not a narrow-gorge river, so the excitement comes from running rapids and close to smooth-beach shorelines, as well as the gorgeous water itself. A full hour on the water, super-chill, with a terrific explanation of area history, the boat itself and its workings, and the river. Both fascinating and adrenaline pumping."

Doug D

Trip Advisor

"If you are in Wanaka and want to experience the beauty of this region by water, the Jet Boat tour is absolutely amazing! While enjoying the surroundings you also get an amazing adrenaline rush of the speed and tricks of the boat. Matt was our captain for the day and couldn’t have done any better!"

Lotte B

Trip Advisor

"I couldn't recommend this activity highly enough. By far the best part of our trip to wanaka! Jeremiah was a fantastic guide taking us to some beautiful parts of the lake that you wouldn't see any other way, all while having great fun on the jet skis on the way!!"

John M

Trip Advisor



For us, the aim is quite simple – to share our love of the water and the astounding beauty of the region with our visitors. We are 100% locally owned and operated; our team are passionate experts with an absolute love for their jobs, a passion for the outdoors and water, picked for their personalities and a want to share why we love what we do. On top of this, the health and safety of you is our number 1 priority; our guides are put through rigorous training programs ensuring all our guides are competent and confident to provide the best experience to you each and every time.

Lake Wanaka provides the perfect setting – a popular kiwi holiday destination, with world renowned mountain scenery from a picture-perfect lake. The view from the shore is only a snap shot of what is out there to see. The silence when you get out on the lake is breath-taking, the beauty; mind blowing, and the space to play; uninhibited. Come and visit us right by the lake in the centre of town, we are proud to share the beauty of lake Wanaka with you and have fun while we do it.

Why Us?

We are proud to have been sharing our adventures with visitors to the Wanaka region for over 50 years and our goal has never changed – to deliver outstanding personalised experiences.

We understand that each person is different and not everyone wants the same adventures; that’s why we pride ourselves on being your one stop adventure shop with a range of activities from relaxing scenic outings to high adrenaline experiences. All leaving right from the waterfront in the centre of town, we have something to do for everyone

Lakeland Wanaka Office Trailer on Wanaka Waterfront