Take on the mighty Clutha River and enjoy twists, turns and grade 1-2 rapids!

Clutha River Kayak Half Day Highlights

  • 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


  • Clutha River

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Frequently Asked Questions about Clutha River Kayak Half Day


Make sure you’ve got swimwear, or something else you can wear under a wetsuit that is not cotton. You can bring a thermal layer as well if you are worried about being cold. We will provide wetsuits, booties, lifejackets and helmets for all participants.



You should bring your swimwear, sunscreen and a water bottle. Cameras are great too, but be aware that they will get wet and could potentially be lost. You can purchase a set of photos that your guide can take, just be sure to confirm this with them before you get on the water so that they can get lots of sweet action shots for you!



This is a great trip for those who have kayaked a couple of times before, or if you are pretty fit and enthusiastic. This is not a good trip for those who have never kayaked before and are potentially nervous about it. The Tiki Tour is a great option instead for anyone who wants to try kayaking for the first time!

Kayak the Mighty Clutha is best for people over 13 years of age. Please contact us if you are hoping to book a tour with a child.



You should allow about 4 hours from the time you are picked up to the time you will be dropped off. This includes 15 minutes of transport by van each way, time getting changed and learning about the river, and about 2.5 hours of paddling on the river.



On this trip you are much more likely to fall in, so being able to swim will make you much more comfortable. Non-swimmers will likely enjoy the Tiki Tour more as an alternative trip.

Taking a “swim” is all part of the fun! Your guide will teach you how to self-rescue before you get on the water, and will be nearby if you do tip out and need extra assistance. All guides are trained in swift water rescue and have done hundreds of rescues in their time.



This is a grade 2 stretch of river. The whole river is very fast flowing, parts of it will be quite flat, especially at the beginning when you are still getting to know your kayak. Further down the rapids get more intense, with bigger waves and more exciting dynamics. At every rapid you will have the option of taking an easier “cruisy” route, or pushing yourself to take on some of the bigger features. Your guide will give you a solid explanation of each option so that you can pick the best line for you!


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Pickup Locations

  • Edgewater Resort
  • Lakeside Apartments
  • The Moorings
  • Wanaka Isite
  • Wanaka Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels
  • Wanaka Lakeview Holiday Park
  • Wanaka Top 10 Holiday Park
  • YHA Purple Cow