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Jet Skis provide an exciting option to explore Lake Wanaka your own way.


Lakeland Wanaka’s self-guided jet ski tours provide a safe option to explore the southern end of Lake Wanaka from Glendhu Bay, Stevenson’s Arm or even Mou Waho Island. Come alone, with your partner, family or group of friends and discover the stunning bays, hidden islands and alpine scenery of Lake Wanaka.  Feel the freedom of riding your jet ski alone or buddy up with a passenger, it’s your choice. Lakeland’s self-guided jet ski tours is great for both our locals looking to add some excitement to their day, or holiday makers that are wanting to explore in an exciting way. All self-guided jet ski tours will departure as part of our guided tours, however once the tour has reached Ruby Island (approx. 3kms) you are given the choice to explore Lake Wanaka freely yourself, or continue as part of our tour until you decide to explore on your own.

Lakeland Self-guided Jet Ski Tours are the ultimate lake experience. Fun, scenery,freedom and adrenaline all on offer, for destination recommends just ask our jet ski guides and instructors.

Jet Skis provide an exciting option to explore Lake Wanaka your own way. Lakeland Jet ski provide a safe option to tour the southern end of Lake Wanaka yourself or with a passenger with our self-guided jet ski tours.

All self-guided jet ski tours will departure as part of our guided tours, however once the tour has reached Ruby Island (approx. 3kms) you are given the choice to explore Lake Wanaka freely yourself, or continue as part of our tour until you decide to explore by yourself.

All jet ski hirers will need to demonstrate jet ski knowledge and safety, completing an online full safety briefing and sign our hire agreements. Jet ski experience is required to hire our jet skis as they come on a trailer so launching isrequired. If you are a first time jet skier please see our jet ski tour options.

3.5 hour self-guided tour $499

Driver/Hirer Age

The minimum age to drive and hire our Jet Skis is 25 years. Drivers/passengers may not be changed throughout the hire

Experience Required

Experience is required for our self guided jet ski tours. Drivers/Passengers may not be changed during the hire period.


Your hire period is for a total of 3.5 hours, the first 15 minutes will be following our guided tours to ensure your jet ski experience and operational skills.


Each of our Jet Skis have a maximum capacity of 2 people and a maximum combined weight of 230kgs. These passengers cannot be changed during the hire.

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:

  • All safety equipment and up to 2 life jackets
  • Operation instructions
  • Recommended operating areas depending on conditions
  • One tank of fuel
  • GPS tracking of the Jet Ski

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
  • ID (for the PWC hire forms)
  • Credit card for booking and insurance bond


  • Jet ski experience is required to hire our jet skis. If you are a first time jet skier please see our jet ski tour options.
  • The minimum age to hire and operate our PWC is 25 years old.
  • All self-guided jet ski tours will departure as part of our guided tours, however once the tour has reached Ruby Island (approx. 3kms) you are given the choice to explore Lake Wanaka freely yourself, or continue as part of our tour until you decide to explore on your own.
  • The maximum number of passengers is 2 (including children).
  • Insurance Excess is required which will be refunded should there be no damages incurred during the hire.
  • The jet ski driver and passenger may not be changed during the hire period.

No Availability?

If there is no availability online don't worry too much. Our rentals are also available for walk in customers. Come down to the waterfront and we will see if we can accomodate.



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

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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

"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

"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


How old do I have to be to hire and drive a jet ski?

To hire and drive our self-guided jet skis you must be 25 years or older. However if you are between 18 and 25 you are able to drive a jet ski on our guided tour.

What do I wear/bring?

We suggest you wear appropriate clothing for the conditions. Be prepared for windchill so wear long sleeves and be prepared to get your feet wet. Remember to wear sunscreen. We also recommend water and a towel for the self-guided tours in case you feel like a swim.  

How many people can go on the Jet ski?

Our jetski can take a maximum of two people with a maximum combined weight limit of 200kgs. You are unable to swap people on our self-guide jet ski tours.

What is the minimum age for a passenger?

Our recommended minimum age is 8 years old, the passenger must be able to hold on by themselves behind the driver. 

Do I need experience?

Yes, experience is required for the self-guided jet ski tours. You will also be required to complete a 30 minute online training module prior to your hire. If you are a first time jet ski rider or have little experience please see our jetski tour options where no experience is required. If our guides/instructors deem you to not having sufficient experience you will be added to the guided jet ski tour only with no refund available.

Can I bring a camera?

Yes you can bring a camera, our jet skis have a waterproof pocket to store some belongings such as a camera or phone, we can also store other belongings such as keys or a bag in a secure box in the Lakeland trailer.

Can I swap passengers and take my friends and family for rides through my hire?

Our self-guided jet ski tours are only able to be used by a maximum of 2 people; both these people must undergo the online training and safety briefing. You may swap around who is driver and who is the passenger however you cannot swap drivers/passengers completely during the rental.

Where can we go?

Lake Wanaka has many beautiful locations to visit including Ruby Island, Mou Waho or Stevenson’s arm. We have developed a tour map with suggested locations for you to choose from including suitable beachesfor a picnic or swim etc. Our jet ski’s are GPS tracked and have an operating limit that stops past Mou Waho Island or on any river. Your ski will automatically lose power if you extend past these areas.

Can we just hire the jet skis for an hour to have a play?

No, for safety reasons and courteous behavior we do not offer freedom rentals; only guided or self-guided jet ski tours. We do not want hirers wanting to play/hoon around the Wanaka waterfront annoying other water user, therefore we have designed our tours to focus on exploring Lake Wanaka not creating congestion in Roy’s Bay.



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