One of the most spectacular, among many, parts of Wanaka is the Matukituki River. In the shadow of the Southern Alps, you’ll find untouched wilderness with snow-capped mountains, crystal clear and pristine waters and forests to explore – to help appreciate the magnificence of it all, book your experience with Wanaka River Journeys!
How do I spend the day in Wanaka?
There’s no better way to experience the serenity of Wanaka than cruising along it’s waters – Wanaka River Journeys offer two exciting adventures that will have you paddling New Zealand’s most amazing mountain waters.
The Summer Packraft special and wilderness walk is a fun and unique way to immerse yourself in the nature of the Matukituki Valley. With your inflatable packraft, you’ll paddle through calm eddies beneath breathtaking mountains, ride the waves of water flowing from the glaciers above, and admire thundering waterfalls along the way. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the riverside and explore the lush-green native forests, before going for a dip in the turquoise waters.
On the Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk, join Wanaka River Journeys for an exciting jet boating adventure – recreate the scenery from the Lord of the Rings franchise by exploring the mighty glaciers of the Mount Aspiring National Park, travelling at exhilarating speeds and experiencing thrilling spins! Make a stop in the deep pools where your guide will share fascinating stories of the land, and enjoy a serene and leisurely walk through a remote forest to cool off.
An adventure with Wanaka River Journeys guarantees your trip on the South Island is an unforgettable one!
- Packraft Experience – NZ$179 child (10-14), NZ$279 adult.
Departs from 9am outside the i-SITE.
Allow full day for experience.
All equipment and lunch+snacks provided.
- Jet boat and wilderness walk –
Departs from 10am and 1pm
Allow 4 hours for duration