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Wanaka Water Taxi Mou Waho Island Tour

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USD 81.65
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    What to Expect
    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
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    The bigger jetty at the Wanaka Marina on Lakeside Road.
    • Live commentary on board
    • 1.5 hour freedom walk on the island
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    This was a great trip made even better by my informative guide Krystle from Wanaka water taxis. It is substantially cheaper than other operators who offer a guide on the track section which isn't necessary. There is only one path that is well signed.

    Thank helencR6205QZ
    Wanaka_Water_Taxi, Owner at Wanaka Water Taxi and Wanaka 4x4 Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Thank you for the kind words Helen! It was great to show you our favourite place!

    Reviewed 23 May 2019 via mobile

    We immensely enjoyed our trip to Mou Waho island with Wanaka Water Taxi. If you’re short on time, this is the perfect excursion and great for families. Brent, our skipper, who is a long time local and passionate about the area, educated us on the...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank E3love
    Reviewed 8 May 2019

    It looks like a lot of people enjoyed this adventure and we would have like to have done so. We booked this trip on-line with Viator. We another excursion booked at the same time and told the company that we would call them if our...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank spendingthetrustfund
    Wanaka_Water_Taxi, Manager at Wanaka Water Taxi and Wanaka 4x4 Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2019

    Thank you for your feedback and we are really sorry about this misunderstanding. Since you called us the day before asking if you could cancel the trip, even when the cancellation policy is that you can't within 24 hours, we didn't wanted you to miss...More

    Reviewed 27 April 2019

    The ride over on the water taxi is beautiful in itself. Then you arrive at Mou Waho Island and take a hike to the top for a beautiful view of a lake, on an island, on a lake! Very cool experience if you have a...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank dieselnator
    Reviewed 22 April 2019

    Booking with this company was fantastic. Krystle handled my booking from start to finish with prompt emails and advice regarding change of dates due to weather forecast. Payment was fast and easy. The driver was friendly and knowledgeable. He made a couple of stops on...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Julie H
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