Come and join us on a trip to our favourite place on Lake Wanaka, Mou Waho Island.Where you can find an island, on a lake, on an island, on a lake, on an island on the sea! Mou Waho Island is a protected nature reserve and is home to many native New Zealand birds including the curious and flightless Weka. A short walk takes you to the top of the island where you will be exposed to breathtaking panoramic views of the Arethusa pool, Lake Wanaka and its surrounding peaks.
Our water taxi leaves Wanaka Marina twice-daily travelling 15km up Lake Wanaka, passing Mou Tapu Island and the steep cliff of fisherman's cove to Mou Waho Island. Your friendly and knowledgeable skipper will inform you of the fascinating geology of the alps and the glaciers that created the lake as you travel along its sparkling waters.
Trip includes a 1.5 hour freedom walk on the island.
What You'll Get
Of Lake Wanaka’s 5 islands Mou Waho Island is the most remote and most beautiful.
With its steep rocky coastline, small secluded beaches, diverse bird life and hidden lake (Arethusa pool) which sits atop the island.
Travel in our comfortable water taxi 15km up the lake, taking in views of the Harris and Buchannan Mountains as your skipper explains some of the history and fascinating geology of this stunning area.
After disembarking at the small jetty on the island you will have 1.5 hours to yourself to enjoy this special place. A 20 minute hike brings you to the hidden lake, created by glacial action thousands of years ago when large glaciers filled the valley. A small rocky island on the lake gives us the “island on a lake, on an island on a lake on an island on the sea” confused? carry on walking for another 5 minutes to the top of the island (Tyrwhitt Peak) and everything will fall into place as the views opens up to reveal both lakes and a panorama of jagged peaks.
Mou Waho Island is a predator free nature reserve with interesting and diverse bird life.
Kereru (Wood pigeon) Korimaka (Bell Bird), Tomtits and Weka can be seen on the island.
A large flightless bird the Weka, disappeared from the mainland in the 1920s and were introduced to the islands as part of a breeding program in 2002. They are a charismatic birds who are often attracted to human activity which makes an encounter with these cheeky characters a highlight for many visitors to the island.
The small sheltered beach near the jetty is a great place to relax after your hike or cool off on those hot dry Wanaka days with a swim in the bracing waters of Lake Wanaka.
Join us for a trip to an island on a lake on an island on the lake on an island on the sea!
Because we love going there!
Tours depart twice daily at 10am and 2pm from the big jetty in the Wanaka Marina on Lakeside Road.
Duration 3 hours
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- A minimum of 2 people per trip is required
- A 20 minute walk up hill is involved. (Optional)
- Due to uneven surfaces, the walk is not recommended for those with walking disabilities but they are more than welcome to join us on the boat trip and skip the walk and stay at the bottom of the island.
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
- Live commentary on board
- 1.5 hour freedom walk on the island
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
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