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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. Experience the crystal clear lake water up close as you paddle out into Roy’s Bay, with a stunning mountain backdrop in all directions. Choose your own adventure by hiring one of our kayaks or paddle boards- visit #thatwanakatree from the water, follow the shores of the bay around to Eely Point, or for a longer adventure paddle across to Ruby Island (pack a picnic and relax on the island once you arrive).

Our kayaks and paddle boards are available year round subject to weather conditions. Please check our office hours for daily availability.

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.

‍Pricing is based per person
  • 1 hour $25 per adult
  • 2 hours $40 per adult
  • 3 hours $55 per adult

Come down to our our waterfront rental office and let's get you out exploring today. Bookings are not necessary; as walk ins are welcome.

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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

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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

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Equipment Included

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

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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

Beachfront Rentals OfficeDeparture Point:

The Wanaka Wharf 100 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

For bookings please check-in 15 minutes prior to rental departure time

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 don't worry too much. Our rentals are also available for walk in customers. Come down to the waterfront and we will get you out exploring soon.


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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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On a kayak we suggest a 2-hour hire. That’s usually enough time to get there and back with some time to walk around the island.
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.
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.
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.
We provide life jackets and the equipment needed for the hire.
You can at your own risk.
No, we do not take bookings for kayaks and paddleboards; all these hires are done by a walk in basis.

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