Eco Wanaka Adventures
Wanaka, Southern Lakes
Rob Roy Glacier Guided Hike
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.
Rob Roy Glacier Guided Hike
The Rob Roy Glacier, one of the the Jewels of Mt Aspiring National Park, is a 10km trek in the beautiful Matukituki Valley, which leads back from Mt Aspiring to Lake Wanaka. The day begins with a scenic drive around Lake Wanaka, and into the Matukituki Valley, passing through a series of vast high country farms. After a 30-minute walk along the banks of the Matukituki River you cross a swing bridge and then climb steadily through New Zealand beech and native forest. Often the glacier can be glimpsed through the bush. As the forest drops away you enter a magnificent alpine valley, with a series of hanging glaciers high above you. Take time to relax and enjoy views in every direction, while eating a well-deserved picnic lunch. Nearly always, large chunks of ice and snow (sometimes the size of a car) can be seen from a distance dropping 150-300 metres - An incredible sight and sound. A 261 metre waterfall falls cleanly down creating an amazing wind blast. Following lunch, the return walk is all downhill back to the carpark. Actual hiking time approx 4 hours.
Departs 9am | Duration 8 hours
Walking poles available. Wear good walking shoes/boots and layers of warm clothing. Bring a Rain/windproof jacket.
Price: $185 to $275
includes a picnic lunch
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