Glenorchy Island Half Day Kayak Safari

Departing from Queenstown, head out for a paddle on beautiful Lake Wakatipu and discover the secluded beaches on Pig and Pigeon Islands.

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Half day
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
8:00 am
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Not included
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What's Included

  • Beautiful 3-hour paddle around Lake Wakatipu
  • Amazing 45-minute drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy and back
  • Guided walk through Island's beech forest.
  • Spot endangered bird life including New Zealand Weka
  • Highly professional guides
  • Complimentary tea on a secluded island
  • No experience needed


Get ready to explore a true kiwi paradise! This beautiful kayak safari shows you all the best scenery Lake Wakatipu has to offer.


At 80 km, Lake Wakatipu New Zealand’s longest lake and is home to many protected animal species. On this kayak tour, you’ll meet a few of them and visit some absolutely fantastic beaches. If you’re a movie fan, you might be interested in knowing that we’ll also be dropping by some Lord of the Rings filming locations.


One of New Zealand’s most scenic drives


Your kayak adventure starts in our office in Queenstown, where you’ll meet the rest of the group. From here, we jump in our comfortable coach and start the 45-minute drive towards the head of Lake Wakatipu near Glenorchy. This particular road is one of the most beautiful in New Zealand and you’ll find out why. In the meanwhile, here’s a hint: it involves spectacular views of the snow-capped Southern Alps.


Once we reach our launch site, we’ll help you get ready to get in the sea kayaks. We provide all the necessary safety equipment so all you need to do is hop onboard. But before we head off, we’ll give you a full instruction and safety briefing so you can relax and just enjoy the kayak safari.


Hang out on the islands


We then paddle out towards the northern end of the lake to reach Pigeon and Pig Islands. Both islands are bird sanctuaries which means that special measures are taken to encourage native New Zealand birds to live there. For instance, there are no longer any introduced pests such as rodents, cats and possums on the islands. In other words, you won’t need to chase off any curious visitors.


The islands have some awesome secluded beaches, and we’ll land up on one to have a little break. If you go exploring, you might see the Weka, a flightless bird that lives on the islands. While you have a look around or relax in the sand, we’ll prepare a refreshing morning or afternoon tea for you. Lean back and enjoy being in the middle of this amazing place.


After our relaxing break, we then jump back in the kayaks and start heading back to Queenstown.


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.

Our guides are highly trained and know the area like the back of their hand. This means you’re guaranteed to be taken to the most awesome spots. Over the years, we’ve perfected our tours, making sure our guests always have the best time possible!


Time and Departure

Please meet us at 8AM at the office of Rippled Earth. Adress: 48 Camp St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand


Small print
Terms & Conditions:

* Kayaking is a weather dependent activity, If Rippled Earth deems it unsafe to provide the activity the tour will be cancelled. customers will have the option of a refund or re booking for the next available tour. RIPPLED EARTH REQUIRES A WEATHER CHECK OR PHONE CALL ONE HOUR BEFORE DEPARTURE. * Child rates for the Paddle to Saddle tour are for ages 8yrs old through until 15yrs old. * There is a weight limit for the horse riding part of the Paddle to Saddle tour of 95kg clothed. Dart Stables reserves the right to cancel clients who exceed their weight limit. * Rippled Earth Ltd observes all safety procedures and guidelines provided by our external audit provider however we do operate in an environment where there are hazards. and Clients and Guests of Rippled Earth acknowledge there is risk involved. * Rippled Earth ltd is not responsible for damage or loss of personal equipment taken on the tour. * All customers must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol in order to participate in the activities provided. if found to be unfit clients can be put off the tour for another date if available, if this cannot be achieved a 50% refund will be given.

Cancellation Policy:

Rippled Earth Ltd holds a 24 hour cancellation policy. This means guests will receive a full refund if they choose to cancel their booking outside of the 24 hours from the departure time. Guests who cancel the booking within 24 hours of departure will not be given a refund outside of extenuating circumstances. Cancelations due to a medical complication will be given a refund if a medical certificate is provided. 

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