SUP the River – Lower Pro
SUP the River Lower Pro starts with you meeting one of your guides, either at the Wanaka I-site or right at your accommodation door. From there, it’s a quick drive down to the river, which is the start point for your epic adventure.
As soon as you arrive, you will get your safety gear on, get a SUP skill briefing and instruction on how to behave in the river environment, without further ado you will get on the water! You and your guide will practice your skills on the flat calm water as you progress downstream. Your guide is there to help and show you all the fun spots. They will give you lots of information about how to travel down the river safely and effectively.
After a little while of smooth, fast-flowing river, your first rapid will appear around the corner. The first of many. Ride it out and see if you can surf the river. Your guide will show you and communicate with you all the way. Show you how to eddy hop, swim in the river safely and climb back on with confidence.
Of course, a trip with Paddle Wanaka wouldn’t be complete without a stop to refuel with some beverages and our famous brownie about half way down.
At the end of your trip, you’ll be picked up again and taken back to your starting point in town.
Tour Tickets (may vary by date)
|General (P/P)||199.00 (NZD)|
- All equipment provided.
- All transport to and from location provided.
- Thermals if needed.
Customers may cancel or rebook without penalty up to 24 hours prior to trip departure. Cancellations or no-shows after this time will be charged full price.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear?
You will want to wear swimwear or something that you don’t mind getting wet. We will supply you with a wetsuit and booties, splash jacket, PFD (personal floatation device), and helmet.
What should I bring?
You don’t need to bring much! Sunscreen, a water bottle, a towel and a change of clothes for after the tour are all recommended.
What equipment is provided?
We will provide stand up paddle boards, paddles, quick-release river leashes, lifejackets, booties and helmets, plus wetsuits and thermal layers if it is cold out. Your guide will have all the appropriate safety equipment for the trip.
Do I need to be experienced?
This trip is designed for experienced paddle-boarders and river rats amongst us. You may enjoy SUP the River – ‘Taster’ if you haven’t been on a SUP before and really want to try the river.
How long does it take?
Allow 4 hours. The whole time on the water is generally 2.5 hours paddling time. There will be some transportation and instructional time at the beginning and end of your trip as well.
Do I need to be able to swim?
On this trip you are much more likely to fall in, so being able to swim is a must. Non-swimmers will likely enjoy the Lake Escape more as an alternative trip.
Can we have a private tour?
Yes! Please contact us by phone or email for prices and to book a private trip.
Will I fall in?
Probably! 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.
Will I get wet?
What type of board do you use?
We use inflatable SUPs that are quite stable and great fun on the river!
What weather does this trip operate in?
This trip runs rain or shine! If its chilly out, we’ll give you some extra thermal layers to keep you nice and toasty!
What grade is the river?
The river section for the SUP trip is a grade 1-2, meaning its fast flowing 19 kilometres section with lots of fun little rapids. Challenge yourself and see if you can surf the river in style.