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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.

Hire rental boat and tour Lake Wanaka at your own pace. Lake Wanaka has so many hidden coves and islands to discover, and hiring a boat means you have the freedom to choose how long you want to spend exploring.

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

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Boat hire is subject to weather conditions and availability. Prices are exclusive of fuel costs, which will be calculated on your return. Boat hire is subject to the discretion of Lakeland Wanaka staff.


Per Hour $225

Half Day (4 hours) $525

(all rates are plus fuel used)

Driver Age

Driver Age

The minimum age to hire and drive our boats is 18 years. Drivers must be named during the hire for insurance purposes.

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Freedom Hire

All hires are freedom hirea ie without any guides/skippers. You are responsible for your own safety and need to stay within your experience levels

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Experience Required

Maritime experience is required to hire and drive our boats. You will be quizzed on Maritime Laws prior to departure ie giveaway and speed laws.

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Maximum 8 Persons

Our hire boats our surveyed to a maximum capacity of 8 persons. This includes children and infants etc.

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:
  • Life jackets and all safety equipment
  • Operation instructions
  • Recommendations depending on conditions
  • Storage for smaller items
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
  • I.D. (for the boat hire forms)
No Availability?

All our vessel rentals do not show availability and therefore you booking will need to be confirmed by us. Please call prior to booking to check availability and weather conditions if booking within a week of your desired time slot.



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.


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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Jet Boat Fun
  • Did the 3 1/2 hour Jetski trip to Mau Waho Island

    "The Island within a lake with its own lake & island. Really great experience, from the initial phone call, to making it happen. VERY PROFESSIONAL, FRIENDLY, & SAFETY FOCUSED.
    Great people, Mike, & Matt my guide were awesome.
    Highly recommended."

    Kiwi 9242 - Google - April 22

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  • Awesome Fun On Lake Wanaka

    "We had a great time on the Lake with Mike on the jet skis. He was very generous with the time allowed for the adventure and he was very patient with our shenanigans playing on the jet skis.
    Great time & value for money doing this adventure as a group."

    Mars D - Tripadvisor - January 22

    Jet Ski Tour Group
  • Best Wanaka Activity

    "The best activity we did whilst in Wanaka. Micheal took us on an exhilarating ride but balanced it off brilliantly with knowledge about the lake and Clutha river. Would do again at the drop off a hat!"

    bsheridan2017 - Tripadvisor - January 22

    Jet Boat Fun
  • Boat Hire

    "Awesome half day on the lake using the boat for hire. We visited the islands and inlet and had a heap of fun. The boat was in good condition, worked well and helped make the day a great one."

    Kenneth B - Tripadvisor - January 22

    Boat Hire Lake Wanaka
  • Quick and efficient service, friendly easy going staff

    "The 2 girls that helped us with the kayaks were awsome so friendly and nothing was a problem! When we got back from our 1hr paddle she let our 2 boys keep their life jackets on so they could swim in the shallows and jump off the dock for another hour. The boys loved it!"

    Andrez - Tripadvisor - January 22

    Double Kayak Lake Wanaka


You don't need a license, but you will need to have experience operating a boat before hand and know the Maritime Rules i.e. give way rules, speed restrictions and buoyage systems.
The maximum capacity for our hire boat is 8 people.
We provide a detailed induction on the boat's operation and its safety equipment, there are life jackets provided for all sizes including infants. Water sports equipment like tubes and skis can be hired for an additional cost.
Lake Wanaka has many beautiful locations to visit including Ruby Island, Mou Waho or Stevenson’s arm. Our staff can advise you on the best locations on the day.

It takes around 45 minutes to get to Moa Waho at around 40 kph.
Our boat can be hired for multiple days and has the option to be trailered, please email or call to discuss your options. We require a minimum of 48 hours’ notice for multi day hires

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