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Half-Day Kayak Experience on the Mighty Clutha River from Wanaka provided by Paddle Wanaka

Half-Day Kayak Experience on the Mighty Clutha River from Wanaka

Half-Day Kayak Experience on the Mighty Clutha River from Wanaka
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from RM 617.84 per adult
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from RM 617.84 per adult
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Last updated: 5 Jul 2020
A note from Half-Day Kayak Experience on the Mighty Clutha River from Wanaka
We use NZ waterway-friendly detergent (Biozyme) to clean our gear whilst maintaining our commitment to the environment.
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
We'll meet outside Wanaka iSite and drive to the river. From there, our experienced guides will give you all the information you need to kayak the 22kms of the Clutha river through Grade 1&2 rapids. At the end of the trip, we'll drive you back to the iSite.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 45943P1
Call +60 392125427
Important information
Inclusions
Driver/guides • Beverages & snack provided • Use of helmet & all appropriate safety equipment provided. • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if request)
Exclusions
Lunch
Duration
4h
Departure details
Wanaka i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 103 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand We'll meet you in front of Wanaka iSite 10mins before departure
Inclusions
Driver/guides • Beverages & snack provided • Use of helmet & all appropriate safety equipment provided. • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if request)
Exclusions
Lunch
Departure details
Wanaka i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 103 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand We'll meet you in front of Wanaka iSite 10mins before departure
Duration
4h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum age is 13 years
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Not recommended for participants who can not swim
Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately
If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travellers
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Jenna L
5 contributions
Fun and adventurous day by experts of kayak
May 2020 • Couples
It was the most amazing activity we've done in Wanaka. So much fun, the place and the river are stunning, the guide is knowledgeable, Paddle Wanaka is really professional. Prepare yourself to have a fun day in the rapids of the clutha
Written 16 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you!! Very please to hear you had so much fun in the rapids on our river kayak! Thanks for your feedback, most appreciated!
Written 17 July 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

amanda t
1 contribution
The perfect way to see Wanaka
Mar 2020 • Family
My son (13) and I did this tour and loved it. It was much more fun than lake kayaking- if you’re up for a bit of an adventure. Our guide, Tyler, was fantastic and shared lots of interesting facts about the river, Wanaka, and NZ in general. He was an expert at what he does, and made me (a nervous mom) feel very comfortable. It started out easy which was nice, we eased into the rapids a bit after paddling along. The rapids were great- fun and we got splashed a bit, but not intimidating. I recommend this tour for anyone looking for a unique experience in NZ, families with teens, couples, would be perfect for a solo traveler too.
Written 20 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Excellent review! Sounds like it was the perfect trip for you. It's ideal for those looking for a kayaking adventure a little different to lake kayaking as yes the rapids are more fun than intimidating. Thanks for your feedback & your kind words regarding Tyler. Thanks.
Written 20 March 2020
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Ben L
Horseshoe Bay, TX19 contributions
Tyler made it easy
We are retirees with no prior experience white water kayaking, and my wife in particular went into the kayak trip with some trepidation. However our guide Tyler made it a wonderful experience for both of us. He talked with us before leaving to answer our questions and did an excellent job of instruction before launch and during the trip. He put us at ease, gave plenty of opportunity to experience the river conditions, and built our confidence during the trip. He also shared a wealth of knowledge abut the area, making it a learning experience in many ways. Thank you Tyler — We highly recommend you as a guide!
Written 9 March 2020
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What a great review! Thanks for your feedback on Tyler & how you he made you both feel at ease. The Clutha is a fun river, so it's great you enjoyed your time with us. Many thanks for taking the time to review.
Written 11 March 2020
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Matt S
1 contribution
Kayaks, Kānuka and Kick-ass brownies
Feb 2020 • Couples
My partner and I took on some white water kayaking with Tyler as our guide. We were lucky that there was just the two of us booked on so we had a pretty personal experience. After the thorough safety brief we got on to the water where Tyler safely guided us through the grade 2 rapids teaching us some basic kayak skills along the way. His knowledge of the history of New Zealand including its geology, it’s flora and fauna, its culture and how we can help protect this environment was superb. He even managed to show us the local Kānuka and Mānuka trees. As an added bonus the brownie at the coffee stop was pretty delicious. Brilliant half day out!!
Written 3 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Great review, love it! Thanks for your feedback, glad to hear you enjoyed your trip on the Clutha River with Tyler. It's an awesome introduction to white water kayaking. Thanks for choosing to paddle with us!
Written 8 March 2020
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margaretdstewart
Cusco, Peru2 contributions
Hitting the splashy splashy parts!
We had a fantastic time with Joel and Shira!Highly recommend making the trip. It’s a beautiful trip and even with no river kayaking experience, we all had a blast. Do it!
Written 26 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Awesome review! Glad you enjoyed yoursleves on our river trip, it's an ideal introduction to white water kayaking! Thanks for choosing us & taking the time to review.
Written 27 February 2020
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Aileen
2 contributions
So much fun!
Feb 2020 • Couples
Had a fantastic afternoon kayaking the river with our guides Tyler and Joel. The trip is very well organized, good quality equipment is supplied including a wetsuit and shoes which kept us warm when we tipped over twice! However all part of the fun, the guides are super quick to come and help you get back into the kayak and it always felt safe. We had never kayaked on a flowing river before this (always on still water) and we had so much fun, it has been one of the highlights of our trip to NZ so far. Thanks again!
Written 25 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Great review! Sounds like this trip was designed for you! It's an awesome introduction to river kayaking & the odd swim is all part of the fun! Thanks for your feedback & it's great to hear that this has been one of the highlights of your trip!
Written 27 February 2020
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HotTaMolly
Denver, CO6 contributions
Beautiful and exciting 1/2 day excursion!
Great experience with terrific views! Rapids were perfect for me, a person with just a few short flat water kayaking floats. Very good instructions from our guide before and during the trip. Enjoyed the excitement of the rapids and it was a perfect 1/2 day excursion.
Written 19 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Excellent review! This Clutha River trip is a grade 1-2 & is an ideal introduction for some white water river kayaking. Thanks for pointing out the instructions prior to your trip, we simply want everyone to have a fun time. Thanks for choosing us!
Written 21 February 2020
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Sue
3 contributions
Exciting and brilliant fun on the Mighty Clutha
Feb 2020
What a great way to spend half a day. I was a bit apprehensive about kayaking on the fast-flowing Clutha but Joel set my mind at rest with a thorough briefing before the trip. Once on the water it was just fun, fun, fun! The scenery is stunning, the river just challenging enough to get the adrenaline flowing and our companions (also first timers) were thoroughly entertaining, This rated as one of the top things we've done in New Zealand. Thanks Joel for being an excellent guide and Paddle Wanaka for making it possible. Sue and Steve
Written 12 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks guys!! Stoked to be rated as one of the top things in New Zealand!! The Clutha River is a fast flowing river with some great little rapids to play around in. It sounded like the perfect trip for you. Thanks for choosing us & taking the time to write your lovely review.
Written 21 February 2020
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Ian B
Sunshine Coast, Australia4 contributions
Beautiful experience
Feb 2020
Really enjoyed our river kayaking experience. Lawrie, our guide was friendly, welcoming and shared his very good knowledge of NZ flora and fauna. The geer was of a high standard and the instruction and safety briefing very well explained. Lawrie progressed our skills by further instruction at different parts of the river so that we were quite confident about how to approach and handle each section. Freshly brewed coffee and a yummy homemade brownie were a welcome halfway point break. Really good fun and highly recommend.
Written 12 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Great review!! The Clutha Rver is a fun trip & it's great to hear Laurie looked after you! Thanks for your feedback & the high recommendations!
Written 21 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lexi
1 contribution
Awesome kayak down the Clutha with Joel!
Feb 2020 • Couples
We booked the half day river kayak and had an absolute blast. This was the perfect way to experience the Clutha River and to learn more about Wanaka. Joel kindly picked us up from our AirBnb and transported us to the river. He was an excellent guide and incredibly knowledgeable about the area and history (and had lots of recommendations for New Zealand, in general!). This kayak was suitable for beginner paddlers and there were a couple areas (eddys) where you had the option to test your skills! I ended up tipping out of my kayak twice and Joel expertly guided my back to my boat, easily and calmly! Tipping out of the kayak was one of the most exciting parts, and Joel made me feel comfortable and in control. Halfway through the kayak, we stopped and Joel made us coffees while we enjoyed some brownies :) Thank you Joel and Paddle Wanaka for the awesome experience and memories!
Written 9 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Great review with a true description of the trip. It's a fun tour where you get to play around in the natural features of the Clutha River. Great to hear Joel looked after you. Thanks for choosing to kayak with us!
Written 11 February 2020
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