Lake Hawea hotel is on the doorstep to a superb range of rivers available to kayak; the Clutha River (New Zealand's largest volume river), Hawea River (medium volume), as well as the remote and spectacular glacial fed Makarora and Matukituki rivers both in Mt Aspiring National Park.
The Hawea and Wanaka lakes' also offer good kayaking with breath-taking scenery.
Alpine Kayak Guides offering guided trips down the Clutha River as well as instructional courses.
Wanaka Kayaks offer guided trips, courses and rentals on Lake Wanaka.
If you're in the Abel Tasman area, be sure to check out Kahu Kayaks, providers of the best kayaking tours Abel Tasman has to offer for tourists.