Water activity

From Wanaka: Ruby Island 1-Hour Cruise and Photo Walk

4.6 / 5

13 reviews

From Wanaka: Ruby Island 1-Hour Cruise and Photo Walk

From US$ 33.50 per person

Explore the outstanding scenery of Lake Wanaka in just over an hour as you cruise over and step ashore Ruby Island for a short walk. See some of Wanaka's most spectacular views and benefit from outstanding photo opportunities.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy a short cruise on Lake Wanaka, perfect when time is limited
  • Take a guided walk of Ruby island
  • Discover incredible scenery and learn the intriguing history of the island
Full description
Take a relaxing cruise out to Ruby Island and enjoy a guided walk of the island with many incredible photo opportunities. The grade is easy, suitable for children and seniors. A luxury catamaran will guide you ashore on Ruby Island via a hydraulic bow ramp. Discover the intriguing history dating back to the days of prohibition. Often called the jewel of Wanaka, Ruby is small but very photogenic. The eclectic mix of exotic and native plants adds a foreground to the colors of the lake and the mountains behind. After your walk, return to the vessel for the short cruise back to the Wanaka waterfront.
  • Luxury catamaran cruise to Ruby Island
  • Guided island walk
  • Friendly skipper and crew
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Ardmore St, Wanaka, New Zealand. Your cruise departs beside the old jetty on the Wanaka lakefront.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please bring your own bottled water & snacks, camera, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • A warm jacket is advised as cool temperatures can occur at any time of the year
  • An average level of fitness and mobility is advised for this experience
  • The Island walk takes 20 minutes and rises 20 meters above the beach on an average track
  • The Island walk is not compulsory, you can remain on the boat, at the beach on the island or complete part of the walk
  • Wear rugged soled outdoor shoes or boots with a good tread for grip
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This activity is subject to favorable weather conditions and minimum number requirements
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this experience is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or those using a wheelchair
  • Please note that on some public holidays other boating traffic may prevent landing at Ruby Island. In this case the skipper will continue around Ruby Island and on to a 1 hour scenic cruise on Lake Wanaka
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 13 reviews

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Cruise cancelled at last minute wasted out time coming over from Crowell for it Should have been advised a lot earlier Grabbed a water taxi instead, half what you were charging and thoroughly enjoyed

October 18, 2020

October 13, 2020

This was a very pleasant experience. Just the right amount of time and a fair price.

March 11, 2020

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