Immerse yourself in our stunning Central Otago waterways; kayaking Lake Wanaka and the Clutha River for the perfect adventurous scenic afternoon


Experience the ultimate kayak adventure with Lakeland Wanaka's self-guided kayak trip along the Clutha River, starting from Wanaka and journeying towards the Albert town bridge. If you've kayaked before and crave a thrilling exploration of our pristine waters, this is the perfect excursion for you!

Your journey commences in Wanaka, where you'll paddle through the eastern side of Lake Wanaka. Gaze upon the awe-inspiring landscapes as you pass by notable landmarks such as Eely Point and Beacon Point, all leading towards the Outlet before entering the Clutha River.

The river float section awaits, and it's time to test your skills as you navigate through level 1 graded rapids. Feel the adrenaline rush and the sense of achievement as you conquer these gentle rapids, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Wanaka's scenery. The sights along the Clutha River are nothing short of spectacular, offering an unforgettable experience amidst its mighty and majestic flow.

This self-guided trip is tailor-made for those with kayaking experience under their belt or individuals who are in good physical condition and enthusiastic about water adventures. Please note that it's essential to be confident in your swimming abilities, as this adventure is not suitable for beginners or those who feel nervous in the water.

The minimum age for customers to kayak down the Clutha River is 16 years
All participants must be able to swim at least 100m
All participants must have previous kayak experience; able to re-enter a kayak from the water
Your self guided tour has a duration of 3 hours

Embark on an exhilarating journey through the heart of Wanaka's natural wonderland, where every stroke of your paddle leads to discovery and wonder. Lakeland Wanaka's kayak trip on the Clutha River promises an unforgettable experience for the adventurous souls seeking to embrace the untamed beauty of New Zealand's waters.


Minimum Age

The minimum age to kayak the Clutha River is 16 years due to the fast moving water.

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Water Confidence

Confidence in water is required, you must be able to swim at least 100m. You will experience grade 1 rapids with flowing water.

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Experience Required

Kayaking experience is required due to the unsupervised nature of this self guided trip. You must able to re-enter a kayak from the water.

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Your hire period is for 3 hours giving you time to paddle from Wanaka to the Albert town Bridge down the Clutha River.

Before you arrive

Departure Point:

The Wanaka Wharf 100 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Please check-in 15 minutes prior to departure at our Lakeland Wanaka beachfront trailer

We provide:

  • Kayaks/SUPs and paddles
  • Life Jackets
  • Helmets
  • Dry Bag for a phone
  • Safety Maps
  • Shuttle back to Wanaka from your river end point
  • World famous scenery

What to bring

  • Clothing that can get wet and suitable for the weather (A windbreaker or waterproof jacket is recommended on cooler days) - when in doubt, please bring extra layers but no heavy items such as denin
  • A cellphone must be carried for a way to communicate incase of an emergency
  • Cameras (especially phones), as there will be opportunities for photos - however all electronics are carried at your own risk  

No Availability?

If there is no availability online and that is the only time you can go, please join the waitlist or get in touch by email or phone and we will do our best to try and let you know of any cancellations or if we can accommodate in any other way.


Do I need to be experienced?

This trip is designed for those who have kayaked before, are pretty fit and enthusiastic about being on the water. This is not suitable for those who have never kayaked before, are nervous in water or can not swim confidently.

How long does this trip take?

Your rental time for your self guided Wanaka to the Clutha kayak is 3 hours. This gives you enough time to paddle from the foreshore of Lake Wanaka down the Clutha River to the Albert Town Bridge. The total trip distance is approx 12km; 7km across Lake Wanaka and 5km down the Clutha River.

What are the age restrictions for self guided Wanaka to the Clutha trip?

This trip does require kayak experience and fitness so the minimum age for all kayakers on this trip is 15 years of age.

Do I need to be able to swim?

Yes this self guided tour is on moving water with small rapids, this increases the chance of capsize so water confidence is a must.

What do I need to bring?

Clothing that can get wet and suitable for the weather, you will most liekly get wet during this self guided tour. You are required to carry a phone is case of emergency.


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