Water activity

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

4.6 / 5

20 reviews

Activity provider: Lake Wanaka Cruises
Water activity

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

Activity provider: Lake Wanaka Cruises

From US$ 30.64 per person


Explore the outstanding scenery of Lake Wanaka as you cruise over to Ruby Island for a short guided walk. See some of Wanaka's most spectacular views and benefit from outstanding photo opportunities.

About this activity

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide


  • 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 photo opportunities. The grade is easy, suitable for children and seniors. Your friendly local kiwi guide will take you ashore on Ruby Island. 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. Please note that if you want a more extensive cruise into the mountain scenery please choose the Stevensons Is cruise or the Mou Waho Is cruise.
  • Boat cruise to Ruby Island
  • Guided island walk
  • Friendly local kiwi skipper/guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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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

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

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 20 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
  • Organization

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February 24, 2023

January 15, 2023

Knowledgeable guide, enjoyable little trip around the lake

January 8, 2023

Product ID: 148313