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Wanaka: Water Taxi & Mou Waho Island Tour

Wanaka: Water Taxi & Mou Waho Island Tour

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Take a Water Taxi and explore Mou Waho Island. Discover a hidden lake which contains its own island, forming a Russian doll of islands and lakes. Meet the Weka, an adorable and curious bird that is partial to meeting humans.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Enjoy a cruise on Lake Wanaka and learn about the interesting history and geology of the area
  • Discover the hidden lake within the island within the lake
  • Meet the curious Wekas, a flightless native bird which lives on the island
  • Enjoy the freedom of being able to explore the island in your own way
Full description
Hop aboard a comfortable water taxi and make your way to Mou Waho Island. Along the way, your tour guide will explain the island's unique geology and history. Of the Lake Wanaka’s 5 islands, Mou Waho is the most remote and the most beautiful. Once there, you will have 1.5 hours to yourself to enjoy this special place. Hike 20 minutes to the island’s hidden lake. Created by glacial action thousands of years ago, this secluded lake contains an island itself. This island is known as the “island on a lake, on an island on a lake on an island in the sea.” (Close your eyes and visualize that for a moment). Walk 5 minutes from the hidden lake to reach Tyrwhitt Peak, the highest point on the island. From the top of the peak take in the luscious panorama of lakes and jagged peaks. Witness the diverse bird life of this predator-free nature reserve. See the elegant kereru (wood Pidgeon), the adorable korimako (bellbird), the delightful Tomtit, and the Weka. Wekas are charismatic birds that disappeared from the mainland of New Zealand but were introduced to these islands as a part of a breeding program in 2002. When you spot one, stop and say hello. These birds are particularly charismatic and cheeky characters and are often attracted to human interaction. Relax on the island’s small sheltered beach. Cool off with a swim in the waters of Lake Wanaka before taking the water taxi back to Wanaka.
  • Water Taxi to and from the Island
  • 1.5-hour freedom walk
  • Commentary on ride the Water Taxi
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided

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    Meeting point

    Wanaka Marina, Lakeside Rd on the bigger jetty across the toilet block. The Water taxi will arrive on this jetty.

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    Important information

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    • Please be advised, the walk up to the hidden lake and view point is steep and rocky in places but not long and there are benches along the way to rest
    • Guests who aren't up for the walk but mobile enough to get on and off the boat and the island are more than welcome to join the tour anyway to enjoy the lake and the bird life on the island
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    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 16 reviews

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    This was a great way to spend half a day. I did it solo and it was wonderful to have time at the lake and at the lookout all to myself. You really do feel like nobody else is around (even though you see the odd person travelling up or down the trail path). The views are breathtaking and you get an excellent workout hiking up to the lookout. You also learn about the geology and history of the island and Wanaka generally on the way out to the island. A little tip - bring insect repellent with you and wear closed shoes and socks as there are sandflies on the island. You do need a moderate level of fitness to hike to the top as it is intense in places and some parts of the path are very rocky but it all adds to the experience!

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    March 12, 2020

    Jason who drove us out to the Island was friendly and extremely knowledgable. He made lots of stops for photos and info. The walk up to the top of Mou Waho is steep in places but well worth it for the views. 3hr trip so great to do on free afternoon.

    January 21, 2020

    Great experience! Was a sunny day so was great to get out onto the Lake and then climb the mountain to see a spectacular view. Definite recommend and our guide was fantastic. He stopped every now and then to tell us the history of Wanaka and the Lake. He was very friendly and informative.

    December 15, 2019

    Product ID: 186858