Embark on a breathtaking aquatic adventure with Lakeland Wanaka's Self-Guided Kayak from Glendhu Bay to Wanaka! Nestled amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes of New Zealand's South Island, this unforgettable journey offers an unparalleled fusion of nature's grandeur and thrilling exploration.


Set off from Glendhu Bay, where crystal-clear waters caress the rugged shoreline, and paddle your way through a mesmerizing tapestry of pristine wilderness.

The self-guided kayak allows you to craft your own adventure, making stops at secluded beaches or finding that perfect spot for a rejuvenating picnic with loved ones. Whether you seek solitude or seek to share this experience with friends and family, our self-guided kayak ensures a tailor-made journey that suits your desires.

Feel the serenity envelop you as you glide through the mirror-like waters, taking in the sights and sounds of the surrounding native flora and fauna. Throughout your journey, you'll have the freedom to pause at your leisure, exploring hidden coves, remote beaches, and enchanting islands. Take the time to savour the solitude and tranquility of the Southern Alps' heartland, and perhaps even indulge in a swim in the refreshing lake waters.

Prepare to be captivated by the ever-changing panoramas that unfold before your eyes - a true testament to the untouched splendor of New Zealand's wilderness. Feel the freedom of exploring at your own pace, and create memories that will linger in your heart long after you leave.

Lakeland Wanaka's Self-Guided Kayak from Glendhu Bay to Wanaka promises an unparalleled connection with nature and an extraordinary sense of freedom. Unleash your spirit of adventure and immerse yourself in the unmatched beauty of one of New Zealand's most coveted destinations. Discover the journey of a lifetime and create cherished memories that will linger in your heart forever. Are you ready to paddle in paradise?


Minimum Age

The minimum age for this self guided kayak tour is 8 years and all children must be accompanied by an adult

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Water Confidence

All participants must be confident in water and able to swim. Being a self guided tour you have no staff to help you near

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Experience Required

Kayaking experience is required due to the unsupervised nature of this self guided trip.

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Your hire period is for 4 hours giving you time to paddle from Glendhu Bay to Wanaka with a few stops on the way.

Before you arrive

Departure Point:

The Wanaka Wharf 100 Ardmore Street, Wanaka; from here we will transport you out to Glendhu Bay.

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

We provide:

  • Kayaks/SUPs and paddles
  • Life Jackets
  • Dry Bag for a phone
  • Safety Maps
  • Shuttle to your start point in Glendhu Bay
  • 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 Glendhu Bay to Wanaka is 4 hours. This gives you enough time to paddle the coastlines from Glendhu Bay to Wanaka with a few stops along the way. The total trip distance is approx 12km.

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 8 years of age, however all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Do I need to be able to swim?

Yes due to the unsupervised nature of this self guided trip, water confidence is a must as help is not immediately available.

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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