Eco Wanaka Adventures
Wanaka, Southern Lakes
Nature Tour & Lake Cruise
Eco Wanaka Adventures specialize in small group nature tours, lake cruises, nature walks, longer day-hikes, heli-hikes and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy tours in the beautiful Lake Wanaka region and Mt Aspiring National Park region. Their experienced guides will show you some of the most stunningly beautiful scenery the Southern Lakes has to offer. You will absorb their passion for the area as well as their knowledge of its history and geography, flora and fauna.
Choose from lake excursions to islands which serve as wildlife sanctuaries, alpine hikes with magnificent views of hanging glaciers and high waterfalls, or your choice of two heli hikes – one to Middle-earth following the very footsteps of “Dwarves and Bilbo” as they traversed the “Misty Mountains” as seen in The Hobbit Trilogy, or venture completely off the beaten track and visit three pristine Alpine Lakes high above the Matukituki Valley on the edge of Mt Aspiring National Park.
Eco Wanaka Adventures is active in preserving the native environment and birdlife and your tours with them supports this. Their innovative tree planting project on Mou Waho Island allows you to contribute to New Zealand’s unique native environment. The Eco Lake Cruise and Walking Tour of the mystical Mou Waho Island with its lake high at the top of the Island is unique and unforgettable.
Lake Cruise and Island Nature Walk
Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Wanaka followed by a unique nature walk on Mou Waho Island.
Lying close to the centre of Lake Wanaka is Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve. A unique glacial remnant of the last ice age, the island is also the historic site of early shipbuilding and used to be a stopping place for the steamers and log rafts that once plied the lake. Accessible from Wanaka by a 35 minute boat cruise, the landing is on the eastern side of the island where the remnants of early settlement remain; a stone wharf and a hut.
A well-formed track leads from the landing and climbs steadily through native bush to near the top of Tyrwhitt Peak. Just before the top we see Arethusa Pool, a small lake on the island with small islands in it - very intriguing! From the top we have a sweeping 360-degree view of Lake Wanaka, its surrounding mountains and valleys, and below Arethusa Pool. The perfect spot to stop for a tea or coffee. Total walking time 1 to 1.5 hours.
Going back down the track gives us more time to take in our surroundings, listening to and watching the lively bird-life, and just enjoying this unique wildlife reserve. You will feel well rewarded as you re-join the boat for the cruise back to Wanaka. Total cruise time is 1.5 hours.
You help the reforestation of Mou Waho Island by planting a native tree on this trip as part of this 4 hour eco-experience.
Departs 9am or 1:30pm | Duration 4 hours
Wanaka Nature Encounter
Combine the Lake Wanaka Cruise and Island Nature Walk with our afternoon 4WD leisurely High Country Station Tour for a full day outing called the Wanaka Nature Encounter.
Departs 9am | Duration 8 hours
Requires average health and fitness, strong treaded sports shoes or hiking boots, suitable layers of warm clothing, wind/rainproof jacket.
Price: $145 to $225
The meeting point for the Mou Waho Island boat tour and walk is at the jetty next to the Marina on Lakeside Rd. From the i-SITE on the Lake Front follow the road which runs around the right hand side of the lake, and turn off at the first turn on the left where you see the boats on the floating marina.
Courtesy Wanaka accommodation pick up and drop off available.
CHILD POLICY Family friendly. Child rate for under 16. Children under 5 yo are FOC on the Lake Cruise & Island Nature Walk only
CANCELLATION 24 hours 100% (less booking fees) | cancellation due to weather or mechanical reasons, full refund
SEASON Open all year. Alpine Lakes Heli-Hike or Misty Mountains - November until April (weather dependent)
CHRISTMAS Closed Christmas Day