Immerse yourself in Lake Wanaka with the freedom to explore at your own pace on a kayak or paddle board. Enjoy the calm of having a piece of the lake all to yourself, and soak in the scenery up close!


Savour the sense of freedom with the ability to explore Lake Wanaka at your own pace on a kayak or paddle board (SUP). Experience the crystal clear lake water up close as you paddle out into Roy’s Bay, with a stunning mountain backdrop in all directions.

With options of 1, 2 and 3 hour rentals choose your own adventure by hiring one of our kayaks or paddle boards- visit the famous wanaka tree, follow the shores to Eely Point, or go further and adventure out to Ruby Island; pack a picnic, explore the shores and relax on the island.

All hires include a paddle, life jackets, and instructions if needed. Any one of our excellent staff can give you a recommendation on where to paddle that will suit the adventure you’re looking for, your ability levels and weather forecast.

Pricing is based per person
NZ $30 1 hour  - Good for first timers to play or visit the Wanaka Tree
NZ $50 2 hours - Needed if you want to visit Ruby Island
NZ $70 3 hours - Recommended if you would like to visit Ruby Island at a relaxed pace with a picnic

Come down to our our waterfront rental office and let's get you out exploring today. Our kayaks and paddle boards are available year round subject to weather conditions. Please check our office hours for daily availability.

$30 1 HOUR

$50 2 HOUR

$70 3 HOUR

Roy's Bay Hire

Our kayak and SUP hire is limited to Roys Bay Wanaka. This gives you options to visit Eely Point, the Wanaka Tree and Ruby Island

Freedom Rentals

All hires are freedom rental ie without any guides. You are responsible for your own safety and need to paddle to your experience levels

Equipment Included

Your hire includes the kayaks/SUPs, paddles, life jackets and safety map.

Family Friendly

We have kayak options for all ages, whether you want to share a kayak with your young child or send the kids out in their own single kayak.

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
  • Storage for smaller items
  • Safety Maps

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
  • A watch or cellphone (to keep an eye on the time)
  • 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.

Map of the freedom rental area with Lakeland Wanaka


How long does it take to get to Ruby Island?

On a kayak we suggest a 2-hour hire for a quick journey to Ruby Island. That’s usually enough time to get there and back with some time to walk around the island. If you want a more relaxed journey and want to take a pinic we recommend 3 hours.

What are the age restrictions for our kayaks and paddle boards?

To use the equipment by yourself you must be over 16 years old, If you are under 16 you must be accompanied by a caregiver or supervised from the beach by a caregiver.

What are the weight limits for our kayaks?

Our single kayak weight limit is 160kg, double kayak weight limit is 230kgs and our river single kayak weight limit is 130kg.

Do I need to be able to swim to hire a kayak or paddleboard?

You don't need to know how to swim as we provide life jackets, however you need to be comfortable floating in the water in case you do fall in.

What happens if I do end up falling out of my kayak?

Our staff will be monitoring the roys bay area making sure all our kayakers are safe. If you fall out you need to stay with your kayak and wait for our staff to come assist you.

What is provided?

We provide life jackets and the equipment needed for the hire.

Can I bring a camera or a phone?

You can at your own risk.

Do we have to book before we arrive?

You do not need to make bookings for our kayaks and paddle boards as we do accept walk ins as well. However, if you want to ensure we have a kayak available at a specific time we do recommend booking.


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