The crystal-clear water of Lake Wanaka and the adjoining rivers provide reason alone to visit. With the lakes, rivers, beaches, islands and waterfalls just calling to be explored.
Lake cruises, jetboating, island excursions, rafting, paddle boarding and kayaking are just some of the ways to enjoy the water. Or for those a little more daring, our region is NZ’s premier canyoning destination and we even have man-made wave on the river for those in pursuit of some surfing.
These pristine waters are also a fisherman’s paradise with the lakes and rivers around Wanaka brimming with New Zealand trout and salmon.
You don’t have to travel far from Whare Kea to find your own piece of paradise in which to fish, with the lake, rivers and streams around Wanaka full of salmon and trout. From lake cruising with a dropped line aboard an 8m luxury launch, to world class fly fishing with expert guides, these waters offer a range of exhilarating and beautifully scenic options for everyone.
For those more experienced, our trusted expert guides offer a range of tailor-made fly-fishing packages, starting from hourly lessons to full day excursions with the option of Heli-fishing to access spectacular remote spots. The best months for fly fishing are from October-March.
Get picked up from the beach directly below Whare Kea and cruise for 35 minutes to the magical Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve. The island is a unique glacial remnant of the last ice age and is situated in the middle of Lake Wanaka and surrounded by stunning alpine vistas. Take an optional 40-minute guided walk through native bush to the serene Arethusa Pool for the amazing lake and alpine views. A unique chance to see a lake – on an island – on a lake.
The Matukituki River flows in to Lake Wanaka and is one of New Zealand’s most powerful, pristine jet boating rivers, fed by glaciers and surrounded by the peaks of Mount Aspiring National Park. Experience the speed and exhilaration of shallow water jet boating through the braided river, spectacular scenery and adventure unfolding at every turn. The Wanaka River Journeys experience also includes a 40min wilderness walk – options to add an unforgettable Helicopter scenic flight over the glaciers and Southern Alps for ultimate adventure.