Jet Ski Self Guided Tour

Self Guided Jet Ski Tours



Jet Skis provide an exciting option to explore Lake Wanaka your own way by yourself or with a passenger with our self-guided jet ski tours.

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 or with your partner 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 are great for locals who want an exciting way to explore their own backyard, or for holiday makers that want to add a bit of adrenaline to their sightseeing. All self-guided jet ski tours will depart alongside our guided tours, however once the tour has reached Ruby Island (approx. 3kms) you then have the freedom to explore Lake Wanaka yourself, or continue as part of our tour until you’re ready to venture out on your own.

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

Jet Ski Rental Map

All jet ski drivers will need to demonstrate jet ski knowledge and safety, and must complete a full online 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 is required. If you are a first time jet skier, we recommend booking in for one of our guided jet ski tour options.


3 hour self-guided tour $499

Driver Age

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

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Experience Required

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

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Your hire period is for a total of 3 hours, the first 15 minutes will be following our guided tours to ensure your jet ski experience and operational skills.

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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.


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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  • 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

    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


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