Wanaka, South Island

Paddle Wanaka: The Mission family kayak trip

Paddle Wanaka: on beautiful Lake Wanaka

Paddle Wanaka

Paddle Wanaka : kayaking on Lake Wanaka

Paddle Wanaka : Family picnic during the Mission adventure

Paddle Wanaka Kayaks :: The Mission Half Day Adventure

Excited about exploring Lake Wanaka on your own terms? Try the Mission, our 4 hour self-guided kayaking trip!

This is the kayak trip that is tailored for families who want to play together, have a safe and well-structured adventure and give their kids the gift of the joy and peace of exploring by kayak on one of the world's most beautiful lakes - this will simply be an unforgettable family adventure!

The Mission is a one-way kayak trip where you navigate around Lake Wanaka's coastline from the Clutha River outlet to the main town beach.  We suggest 3 hours to easily complete this trip, allowing you time to stop for a snack or swim at one of the many tempting, shallow swimming spots and beaches along the way.

Although this is an unguided trip you will be driven to your set-off spot and provided with instruction and all your gear along with maps and a 'check-in' phone.  We will always know where you are and since you remain close to the shore line, this idyllic trip is a perfect introduction to the joy of kayaking for beginners and families with little ones.

The distance you will cover is 8-10km and you should complete this in 2 hours.  We give you 3 hours to allow you time to stop for a snack or swim at one of the many tempting, shallow swimming spots and beaches along the way.

Our kayaks are comfortable and easy to paddle, great with kids and with storage space for cameras, extra clothes and picnics.

Departures: daily

Price: $85, Child – please enquire


KIDZ GO DEAL: Use promo code Kidzgo18 & receive 10% off our guided kayaking Tiki Tour (2 adults & 2 kids). Valid until 30th April 2020.
We also run guided kayak trips for half or full-days, or multi-day excursions.
Check out our awesome half-day adventure, also great for families, the Tiki Tour >>

Join us for an exciting exploration of the Clutha River and thrill to the grade 1 and 2 (easiest grades) rapids on one of our guided river adventures >>


Join our qualified instructors for a Stand Up Paddleboard lesson today, hire a board and go exploring, or take an exciting guide SUP river trip!
More on SUP tours >>
More on SUP lessons >>


Situated right on Wanaka Lake Front we offer casual rentals of SUPs, sit-on-top kayaks and sea kayaks. 
Pre-booking is recommended during peak season.
Read more on beach rentals here >>

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Our favourite destinations…

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New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.