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Full Day Southern Explorer provided by Paddle Wanaka

Full Day Southern Explorer
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Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 45943P7
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
Professional Guide • Hotel pick up and drop off in the Wanaka Area • Coffee and/or Tea • Lunch
Exclusions
Gratuities
Duration
7h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Meeting point is at 103 Ardmore Street Wanaka (outside the Wanaka Isite).
Inclusions
Professional Guide • Hotel pick up and drop off in the Wanaka Area • Coffee and/or Tea • Lunch
Exclusions
Gratuities
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Meeting point is at 103 Ardmore Street Wanaka (outside the Wanaka Isite).
Duration
7h
Additional information
Not wheelchair accessible
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Subject to favourable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
Operates on the lake, please dress appropriately.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Mount Aspiring National Park
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5.0
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lauraross2015
Toronto, Ontario32 contributions
Kayaking and swimming on a pristine Mountain Lake - We were the only ones there!
Feb. 2020
Abby spent the day with us touring us around Lake Wanaka. It was a pretty long kayak but had a nice snack on a beach and then lunch on Mou Waho Island where I swam in the lake on the island. We were the only people there. Surrounded by mountains on all sides. Spectacular day trip. Abby was extremely knowledgeable as well about the area and history of New Zealand.
Written 24 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you!! The Southern Explorer is just that, an awesome way to explore beautiful Lake Wanaka & the surrounding Southern Alps. Thanks for your comments regarding Abby, we're very lucky to have her!
Written 25 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

LibbyC333
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
Awesome guides in an awesome location!
Feb. 2020
My team and I had a great time recently out on the Southern Explorer tour. Tyler and Abby (our guides for the day) were fantastic, fun and had extensive knowledge of the local wildlife, history and mythology of the area. This made for a super interesting and enjoyable experience. Thanks for the experience Paddle Wanaka and I look forward to returning for another adventure soon!
Written 5 February 2020
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Thank you!! We'd love to have you guys back again, the guides had an awesome time with you! Thanks for your feedback on our Southern Explorer, it's great to hear you enjoyed the tour topics along with the kayaking. We'll look forward to seeing you again!
Written 6 February 2020
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Nupur
1 contribution
Great experience for a first timer
Jan. 2020
Tyler and Abby were super organised, helpful, informative and cool. As a person with next to no kayaking experience, I felt comfortable and had no trouble whatsoever. A great experience overall.
Written 5 February 2020
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Thank you! Good on you for chosing a full day kayaking tour, without much previous experience! The Southern Explorer is about getting out & exploring the lake, rather than cranking out hours of kayaking. Combined with an island walk & a water taxi ride, it's an awesome full day option. It's great to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks for choosing us!
Written 6 February 2020
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Liri S
1 contribution
Great experience and great vibes
Feb. 2020
Our guides Tyler and Abby were very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating to our big group. 10/10
Written 5 February 2020
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Great review, short & to the point! Many thanks!
Written 6 February 2020
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Sarah C
12 contributions
Tyler - what a great day out!
Dec. 2019
Great outfit. The weather forecast was not favourable for our original booking. We were contacted straight away and offered other slot - great service.

The day - pick up on time, very friendly welcome. Tyler had a very personable style, and he provided an interesting narrative of the area without it feeling like info overload.

Proper coffee and brownies provided an awesome stop.

All in all, not to be missed - would definitely do it again.

Thanks guys.
Written 25 December 2019
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Thanks for an awesome review, we'd gladly take you out again! The Southern Explorer is a great way to spend the day on the lake. Tyler is a passionate paddler & loves nothing more than to share stories whilst kayaking. The brownie often gets a mention, glad you enjoyed! Thanks again for taking the time to review Paddle Wanaka & thanks for kayking with us.
Written 25 December 2019
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pfaifa
1 contribution
Enjoyable day kayaking on the lake
Mar. 2019 • Friends
Austin was great and made the day-long trip very enjoyable. Would recommend this to anyone, with any kayaking skill level.
Written 8 April 2019
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Thank you! Austin is a delight to paddle with, so I'll pass on your lovely review. Thanks for recommending us & chosing our Southern Explorer as part of your trip!
Written 8 April 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

BC!
1 contribution
Amazing experience!
Jan. 2019 • Couples
Would go again in a heartbeat! From the moment Charlie picked us up we were welcomed with a warm and friendly vibe. Tyler prepped us and took us on the water, and for the rest of the day we were treated to an unbelievable experience on crystal blue Lake Wanaka, amid the mountains and islands. Tyler was an endless fountain of knowledge and experience, teaching us the fascinating history, geology, botany, zoology and legends of the region, with plenty of laughs in between. We stopped at secluded beaches along the way for tea breaks, before landing on Mou Waho for a gourmet lunch (that the cheeky wekas were keen to join us for!). Then a short hike to the top of the island, learning more about the plants and animals on the way, before the astonishing sight of the island's own hidden lake, and views of the Lake Wanaka and the mountains in every direction. To top off a perfect day, Chris picked us up in the jet boat to ferry us back again. Thank you to the Paddle Wanaka team, we can't recommend this adventure and these beautiful guides highly enough! B&K
Written 24 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Awesome review!! We'd happily take you back out anytime! The Southern Explorer is a great day out including kayaking, an stunning island walk, delicious lunch & throw in a jet boat for good measure, glad you enjoyed! I'll pass on your feedback to the team. Thank you!
Written 25 January 2019
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Carlene C
Wanaka, New Zealand15 contributions
Fantastic way to spend the day!
Nov. 2018 • Business
If you enjoy kayaking or getting out on the water, this is a fantastic day trip. A boat ride to a more secluded spot on the lake to begin the kayak tour around the edge of the lake then out to the wonderful Mou Waho island. A lovely picnic lunch to energise us for a short walk on Mou Waho to enjoy the uniqueness of the island, Tyler our guide was a wealth of information. Being assisted out and back with the power boat meant we were able to enjoy the best parts of the lake away from the crowds. Highly recommended.
Written 14 November 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you!! We love our Southern Explorer, as it's an awesome all round trip with kayaking, an island walk & power boat. Thanks so much for chosing to come with us & I'll pass on you feedback regarding Tyler, we're lucky to have him!
Written 14 November 2018
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mjh123
West Midlands, UK141 contributions
Fab day out kayaking on Lake Wanaka
Nov. 2017 • Couples
We decided to do some kayaking and went for the day explorer trip. Bex was super helpful with sorting the booking out. We were picked up at our accommodation and not long after were on the water. Despite not having much prior experience of kayaking, our guide Kat was great at showing us what to do, not rushing us, giving helpful tips and info on the local area as we peacefully paddled along. We went in a double kayak which was good as it meant one person could occasionally take a rest. There was plenty of space on board to store our bags, and generally we did not get very wet at all.

The mid-way stop point was a bonus with tea and a delicious brownie to keep us going for to the island.

It was a long paddle, but the weather and conditions were superb meaning it was not too strenuous, although seeing the island in site was a good motivator to keep paddling.

The walk to the view point on the island was well worth it for some (more) great views. Kat took pictures of us throughout so we have some great memories in picture of the day.

And then lunch was plentiful and nice too. Then a motor boat ride back to Wanaka and lift back to our accommodation.

I would definitely recommend this trip, even if you don't have much experience (although you do need quite a bit of energy to keep going).
Written 19 November 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks for the photo's! Our Southern Explorer is a fantastic trip & we're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us right from the booking process. Our tour groups are intentionally small so our guides can tailor the trip to suit experience levels. You're certainly not the first to rave about our brownies! Thanks again for take the time to share your experience.
Written 20 November 2017
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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The perfect way to see Wanaka
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