- Beautiful 3 hour paddle across Lake Wakatipu
- Complimentary tea on a secluded beach
- Coach transfer from Queenstown. Meet at corner of Shotover and Camp Street.
- Highly professional guides
- No experience needed
WHAT TO EXPECT
Explore amazing Lake Wakatipu
Our kayak safari is a both fun and interesting way to explore the beautiful Lake Wakatipu. We’ll take you to some of the most awesome spots in the area. Get a kiwi experience to remember. Our expert guides know the lake like the back of their hand and they’ll be more than happy to show you the awesome natural beauty.
Lake Wakatipu is an all-time favorite. At 80 km, it’s New Zealand’s longest lake, and it offers plenty of opportunities to explore the amazing scenery. From your kayak, you’ll have fantastic views of the Southern Alps and their snow-capped peaks. On the tour, we’ll also visit secluded beaches and see native wildlife, spectacular mountain scenery and even a few Lord of the Rings filming locations.
We guarantee excellent photos, so don’t forget to bring your camera!
Heading out on the lake
We start this amazing kayak adventure at the Glenorchy Café in the small town of Glenorchy. This is where you’ll meet the rest of the group and of course your lovely guide. After a quick hello, we’ll head down to the launching site to get the kayak safari started.
Besides a life jacket, each passenger will get a jacket, spray deck and a dry bag for your camera. We know kayaking can get a bit messy, so we’ve brought a few things that will keep you dry while you’re paddling. That way, you can have heaps of fun without worrying about getting wet. Before you jump in your kayak, we’ll also do a full instruction and safety briefing to make sure you feel completely comfortable on the lake.
Hang out on the islands
From the launching site, we’ll paddle out on the lake. It will take us a good 45 minutes to reach Pig and Pigeon Islands. As the names suggest, there used to be large amounts of pigs and pigeons living on the islands. But don’t worry – you won’t be bumping into any wild pigs on your kayak safari. In the 1950s, the pigs were removed and today, both islands are bird sanctuaries. This means that introduced pests such as rodents, cats and possums no longer inhabit the islands. Instead, you can find plenty of native birds such as wood pigeons, tuis, bellbirds and the flightless weka bird.
While you explore the island or relax in the sand, we’ll prepare a refreshing morning or afternoon tea for you. Kick back and enjoy the amazing surroundings before we hop back in the kayaks and head back to Glenorchy.
Extensive experience in kayak tours
We can’t get enough of the beautiful nature around Queenstown. We’re passionate about the outdoors and have extensive experience in guiding for kayaking activities. When our company started in 2007, we were the first tour operator to offer kayak trips to the islands on Lake Wakatipu near Glenorchy. Over the years, we’ve perfected our tours, making sure our guests always have the best time possible!
Departure and Time
Departure is at 8:30am at the Glenorchy Café in the small town of Glenorchy. Adress: 25 Mull St, Glenorchy 9372, New Zealand. Please be there 10 to 15 minutes before to put on the lifejackets.
- Suitable for everyone 8 years and older.
- Exclusive and group packages available on request.
- Trips may be cancelled or postponed due to bad weather or lake conditions.
- Cancellation Policy: 24 hours prior to departure, outside of any emergency situation.
- Operates all year round. Please confirm winter departure schedule (1 May to 30 September).