Water activity

Mou Waho Island 3.5-Hour Cruise and Nature Walk

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Activity provider: Lake Wanaka Cruises

Mou Waho Island 3.5-Hour Cruise and Nature Walk

Activity provider: Lake Wanaka Cruises

From US$ 156.19 per person

Enjoy a luxury cruise on the crystal clear waters of Lake Wanaka to the remote Mou Waho Island nature reserve. See some of Wanaka's most spectacular views and benefit from outstanding photo opportunities.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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  • Relax on a luxury catamaran and enjoy Lake Wanaka's amazing scenery
  • Discover Mou Waho Island, a predator-free Department of Conservation reserve
  • Enjoy a guided bush walk to an island lookout and the lake on top of Mou Waho Island
Full description
Visit Mou Waho Island on a 3.5-hour cruise experience departing from Wanaka's lakefront. Mou Waho is a predator free Department of Conservation reserve. See first-hand the results of conservation efforts including the Mountain Stone Weta and the rare flightless Buff Weka, extinct on the mainland since 1920. Take a relaxing cruise out to Mou Waho Island on a luxury catamaran. On arrival, enjoy a 1-hour guided bush walk that takes you up to a lake right on top of the island. The guides have extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna, geology and both colonial and Maori history. Marvel at magnificent mountain and lake scenery in every direction. Your guide will then take you even higher to the lookout rock. On the scenic cruise back to the Wanaka waterfront, relax and take in the views while enjoying a morning tea.
  • Luxury catamaran cruise to Mou Waho Island
  • Guided island eco-walk
  • Knowledgeable local guide
  • Morning tea
  • Department of Conservation park fees
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
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 above average level of fitness and mobility is advised for this experience
  • The Island walk is 1 kilometer in total length and rises 150 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
  • It is recommended you 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 4 reviews

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The catamaran moored directly on the beach and you don't have to walk to the small harbor to get on board. There is a large selection of drinks on board and you get a lot of valuable information and other travel tips.

January 5, 2020

November 24, 2019

Buff weka, extinct on the mainland, almost standing on our feet!

May 25, 2019

Product ID: 148325