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Wanaka: Water Taxi & Mou Waho Island Tour

Wanaka: Water Taxi & Mou Waho Island Tour

From US$ 85.41 per person

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 history of the area
  • Discover the hidden lake within the island within the lake
  • Meet the curious Wekas, a rare flightless native bird which lives on the island
  • Enjoy the freedom of being able to explore the island in your own way
  • Go for a swim in the lake on the island
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
  • Commentary on the boat with a couple of stops
  • Walking poleS
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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

    What to bring

    • Swimwear

    Know before you go

    • 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
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 26 reviews

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    Our guide Crystal was great, welcoming, helpful and engaging. She gave us plenty of history about the places we visited, tips and time to enjoy our walk once on the island. We had a lovely afternoon catching some spectacular views from the top. The whole trip was very relaxes and we’d throughly recommend it

    January 18, 2023

    Took the water taxi from wanaka Marina, cruised for about 40-50 minutes with the gentlemen giving us a great talk about the area, stopping at a few places to tell us the history. Got to Mou Waho island and walked up to the lake, it was steep and took us 30-40 minutes. Got to lake and swam for 30 minutes then back to boat. Cruise home was about 30-40 minutes. It was amazing, book it. We are keen to do it again.

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    January 16, 2023

    Had a wonderful time sailing around Lake Wanaka and exploring the Mou Waho island. Our guide, Brent, was super personable and very knowledgeable about the area, its history, and the lake's land formations. He made the whole time very comfortable and interesting. The island is small and has a lovely in and out walk to a secluded lake and lookout. It's about 20-25 up, 15ish going down, and is a bit muddy and steep in some parts, but nothing strenuous or remotely challenging. The whole boat tour has been one of our highlights to our time in Wanaka. Would highly recommend the Wanaka Water Taxi trip to Mou Waho.

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    November 6, 2022

    Product ID: 186858