- Fully guided half day kayak tour on the Clutha River
- Kayaking on a grade 1-2 section of river
- Approximately 22kms of paddling
- Includes drinks and brownies
- Operates in most weather conditions
- A little kayaking experience is helpful (once or twice is fine)
- Wetsuit and all safety equipment included
- Pickup from the Wanaka I-site or your Wanaka accommodation
WHERE WE VISIT
- Clutha River
Why do we love this
This is an adrenaline filled kayaking trip which we think is an EPIC experience. We love that you get to check out some grade 1-2 rapids along the way.
WHAT TO EXPECT
It's time to take on the mighty Clutha River! This half-day activity is perfect for those with an appetite for adventure. You'll get up close and personal with the famous Clutha River and experience a stunning trip amongst the Wanaka scenery. Get your heart racing as you paddle along its many twists and turns and through 1-2 grade rapids!
You'll need to have kayaked at least once or twice before to participate in this tour. Once you reach the start point, your guide will give you instructions on river safety and technique. They'll teach you some tips on river reading and give you directions on where to find the action and best play spots. With a bit of practice, you’ll soon be cruising down the river in style.
The kayak adventure starts at either at the Wanaka I-site or from right at your accommodation door. Meet your guides and make the quick drive down to the river, the start point for your journey!
Once you arrive, you’ll get your safety gear on and participate in a kayaking skills lesson before getting on the water. Your experienced guide will give you lots of information about how to travel down the river safely. Along the way, they'll also give you lots of advice on how to find the right level of kayaking challenge for you. It’s a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure - you can either take the gentle, more relaxed line down the rapids or push yourself to play in some waves.
No matter what your paddling style, be prepared to get very wet! Nearly everyone goes for a swim, sometimes even intentionally!
This trip will take you along a 22 km long route, full of twists, turns and 1-2 grade rapids.
You'll definitely work up an appetite, so luckily there's time to stop for a picnic. Enjoy light beverages and Paddle Wanaka's famous brownies!
After paddling about 22 kilometres you'll arrive at the take-out point to meet your transport home. Get changed while the kayaks get loaded back on to the trailer, then hop in the van for a ride back to Wanaka. Your guide will drop you back to where you were picked up from.
Allow 4 hours for this tour. Departs 9.00am and 2.00pm.