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Wanaka Water Taxi Mou Waho Island Tour provided by Wanaka Water Taxi and Wanaka 4x4 Explorer

Wanaka Water Taxi Mou Waho Island Tour

Wanaka Water Taxi Mou Waho Island Tour
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98% of travelers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
10
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    10
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 66546P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
  • 1.5 hour freedom walk on the island
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Wanaka Marina, Lakeside Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand We depart from the jetty with the silver bridge in the Wanaka Marina
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply
  • A 20/30 minute walk up hill is involved. (Optional)
  • Due to uneven surfaces and the steepness in places, 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.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
  • 1.5 hour freedom walk on the island
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Wanaka Marina, Lakeside Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand We depart from the jetty with the silver bridge in the Wanaka Marina
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply
  • A 20/30 minute walk up hill is involved. (Optional)
  • Due to uneven surfaces and the steepness in places, 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.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Oct 9, 2020
A note from Wanaka Water Taxi Mou Waho Island Tour
Contact tracing QR code on board
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Wanaka Marina
    Lakeside Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
    We depart from the jetty with the silver bridge in the Wanaka Marina
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Wanaka Water Taxi and Wanaka 4x4 Explorer
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    Lake Wanaka
    Stop: 90 minutes
    Our favourite place on Lake Wanaka, Mou Waho Island! Where you can find an island, on a lake, on an island, on a lake, on an island on the sea! Mou Waho Island is a protected nature reserve and is home to many native New Zealand birds including the curious and flightless Weka. A short, steep walk takes you to the top of the island where you will be exposed to breath taking panoramic views of the Arethusa pool, Lake Wanaka and its surrounding peaks. Our water taxi leaves Wanaka Marina twice-daily travelling 15km up Lake Wanaka, passing Mou Tapu Island and the steep cliff of fisherman's cove to Mou Waho Island. Your friendly and knowledgeable skipper will inform you of the fascinating geology of the alps and the glaciers that created the lake as you travel along its sparkling waters. Stay for 1.5 hours on the island to explore at your own pace.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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5.0
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highker
New Zealand12 contributions
A brilliantly sunny warm day for a trip with Brent our skipper and Krystle our hostess. Krystle passed on to us her great knowledge of Lake Wanaka and its islands as we travelled out into the lake. First stop Ruby Island where it’s history was explained by Brent. An interesting dialogue. On to MoU Waho Island where we disembarked and prepared for our walk to the top. This is not for the feint hearted and one of our party was only able to get half way. Those passengers who did the whole climb were amazed with its beauty. Thank you Brent and Krystle for a great half day out. If you are in Wanaka this trip is highly recommended.
Written March 14, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Wanaka_Water_Taxi
Thank you very much for joining us! It was lovely to meet you. And luckily the views from half way are very nice to and she got welcomed by the cheeky Wekas at the bottom of the hill.
Written March 18, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

AKLSandH
14 contributions
Feb 2022
Thank you Krystle for taking us out to Mou Waho Island. Your commentary was informative and your instructions for the track were straightforward. We had enough time to do the walk then relax and enjoy a swim in the lake.

The lake water temperature was cool but not cold and was a unique experience swimming in a beautiful natural envronment.

We recommend going the extra few minutes to the summit for the best view.

Krystle is a great ambassador for the company and Wanaka tourism and we will definitely tell others about this trip.
Written February 14, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Wanaka_Water_Taxi
Great to hear! Thank you so much for joining us and now being ambassadors as well! ;-) We really appreciate it. It's just such a magical place. Kind regards Krystle
Written February 16, 2022
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h0llygirl
Whangarei, New Zealand3 contributions
Nov 2020
Last week we experienced this local tour out to Mou Waho Island on Lake Wanaka.
We well recommend this tour while enjoying your time in Wanaka. The water taxi service was on time, and our safety was never compromised. All was safe and our tour came with an excellent skipper from Austria.
The commentary kept us all well informed regarding the nature and creation of the glacier formed lake. At the deepest part of the lake our skipper stopped the Taxi and gave us more information. The Island involves a 30 minute hike but worth it when you get to view the amazing aspects from the very top lookout.
Written November 20, 2020
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Wanaka_Water_Taxi
Thank you very much for your review! Great to hear that you had a great time, we will of course pass it on to Simone as well.
Written November 21, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Wendy D
Invercargill, New Zealand17 contributions
Spent an enjoyable afternoon travelling to Mou Wahou Island via Motapu Island (history stop only). Basically a shuttle service but provided an informative commentary along the way. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. MoU Wahou itself is an attractive location on the lake, with a short steep trail to the top of the island. The views are commanding and there was time to swim in Arethusa’s pool on the island or in Lake Wanaka itself, before the return journey
Written February 26, 2022
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Wanaka_Water_Taxi
Thank you very much for joining us Wendy! We will have to come to Te Anau for a swim with you soon!
Written March 18, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

xDKHGScooterGirlBlog
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Feb 2020
The Wanaka Water Taxi Explorer was a fun filled 3 hour adventure that from the get go took advantage of the stunning views of Lake Wanaka. I advise to be there on time, although Kyle (the taxi guide) will wait to make sure you don’t miss out on any fun (he did that for me even though I was already in the boat...another story). Not a lot of parking near the marina as it is reserved for boat owners (especially during the busy summer months) so I advise to arrive well ahead of time to find off street parking. The ride is about an hour to Mou Waho Island with various stops on the way to show you the adventurer various things including the deepest point of Lake Wanaka. Lord of the Rings filming locations are also pointed out on the way! You will even enjoy the local history, the guide is very knowledgeable and will be able to answer any burning questions you might have. The wildlife is low key amazing where you can get up close to the weka (what I called KJ, Kiwi Jr). They are very inquisitive and love to mingle (food helps). Mou Waho Island is stunning. It is not for the unfit, it has steep hiking areas with a trail that should theoretically take 40 minutes. A++!
Written February 26, 2020
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Wanaka_Water_Taxi
Thank you so much for your kind words Bianca! Great to hear you had a great time and that we did realise you were already on the boat, hiding in Adrian's group ;-) You are totally right about the parking. Especially with all the builders from the building site across the road taking all the parking spots :-( All our booking confirmations have that information on them, I'll make sure Viator will to. It was great to have you aboard!
Written February 27, 2020
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Monica8541
Wellington, New Zealand108 contributions
Oct 2020
We had a wonderful time with Wanaka Water taxi and guide who was absolute informative and accommodating during this delightful tour. Passing some of the other islands in our water taxi on Lake Wanaka before arriving at Mou Waho. The walk up to the lake (a lake within a lake within the island of New Zealand) and viewing point gives amazing views over the area - just stunning! Also saw some wildlife along the way....
Great outing!
Written November 6, 2020
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Wanaka_Water_Taxi
Thank you very much for your review! Great that you loved is as much as we do! Thank you for joining us.
Written November 8, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Diane B
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
did this tour a week ago, excellent value for money. Crystal was very knowledgeable about the lake and the local area and history.
We had a lovely trip to the Island then walked to the top of the Island and had a swim in the lake within the Mow Waho Island.
Stayed on the Island for a couple of hours, so wasn't rushed at all.
Had a very enjoyable trip back to Wanaka.
Highly recommended.

Diane
Written January 22, 2022
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Great to hear that you enjoyed this little gem. Thank you so much for joining us and your lovely review Diane!
Written January 30, 2022
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Suzs
2 contributions
Dec 2020
It was a hot day in Wanaka, what better place to be than on the water? The wind came up strong making the way out to the Mou Waho choppy. Safety was never a concern. Even the choppy ride was fun. Being out on the lake added a whole new perspective to “seeing Wanaka”. The island is beautiful and the hike up to Arethusa Lake although steep is not long. 15 Degree swim (if you dare!) in the cool, clean water of this Lake in a Lake on an island. A curious Weka came to check out the apricot I brought along. A further hike up gives a view of Arethusa above the lake and one other short trail brings a 360 degree view of Wanaka and the surrounding mountains. Krystal was a lovely skipper. Chat about the lake was minimal today as the focus was on managing the wind. Will look forward to going out to Mou Waho again on a future trip.
Written December 16, 2020
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Wanaka_Water_Taxi
Thank you so much for your review Suz & Bill! It was great to have you aboard and I am sure our paths will cross again, either in Christchurch or on the lake again!
Written December 17, 2020
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Solo Family Travels
Melbourne, Australia25 contributions
We had a great trip to Mau Wahu - our skipper was very knowledgeable and we learnt a lot about the history and natural features of Lake Wanaka. On the island we enjoyed the walk to the lake and lookout, and met plenty of endangered weka birds.
If the weather is warm a swim in the lake would be very fun!
Written February 1, 2020
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Wanaka_Water_Taxi
Thank you very much for your review, we really appreciate it! And it is always great to hear that you had a great time and that you learnt a lot! We hope to see you again one day.
Written February 2, 2020
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HTTE
Stockton Heath, UK336 contributions
We had a small misunderstanding before the trip, as the girl in the information place on Wanaka high street, were we bought the tickets had pointed to the lake and said we had to be at the jetty 10 mins before our trip, not mentioning that it was from the marina which is to the right of the lake! Luckily we were early and got there in time.
Jason our skipper and guide was great and very informative. We enjoyed his quiz about the lake and his passion about Wanaka and surrounding area.
It took approx 45mins to get to the island, the scenery breathtaking and approx 1&1/2 hours to explore the island. It’s a steep path to the top viewing point but so worth it! Amazing views ! There is also a small lake that you could swim in, but we didn’t.
Definitely recommend.
Written January 22, 2020
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Wanaka_Water_Taxi
I am happy to hear that you found the right place after all! We made the girls at the information place aware of that. You can see the marina from their office but when they point at it, it looks like they are pointing at the other jetty. Did your team win the quiz?! Thank you for joining us! And for the 5 star review, we really appreciate it!
Written February 2, 2020
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Roger S
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Making wonderful Memories
Our FurSeals Swim Group booked the "Big Boat" for a swim adventure at Stevensons Island in Jan 2022. Krystle is an
Monique M
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A great experience
What a great experience! We were given blankets and hot water bottles on the trip over as it was a very chilly morn
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The skippers got covid. So we couldn't go. Firm was friendly and good communication. Book me haven't sent me the re
chrisandbarbara2019
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Wonderful Experience
Such a helpful crew and a friendly, safe and magical experience. Mou Waho is such a beautiful spot with lots of wek
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Unbeatable transport across lake Wanaka
We needed a boat ride to/from Wanaka Faces Hut for a hunting trip. We went with Wanaka Water Taxi because they were
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Ruby island boat trip
Lovely and knowledgeable staff helped make for an enjoyable trip. Unfortunately the time on Ruby island is too s
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Ruby Island experience
Ruby Island adventure An amazing family trip grand parents kids & adults Crystal our captain & Guide FANTASTIC G
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Awesome EVERYTHING!
Krystle was fantastic-her local knowledge and sense of humor perfect for the day trip👍😎 Loved her company and sto
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Mou Waho Island Wanaka- great day out!
A really great day out on the lake and island. A special day for our friend's birthday. The swim on the lake on the
397raewynw
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Mou Waho & Stevensons Island
Loved both trips. Mou Waho was so peacefuly and tranquil. Amazing views from the top of lookout which was a 20ish
Shakennotstiirred
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Fantastic experience
Really professional and informative tour. Thoroughly enjoyable day on the water to Mou Waho. A must do in Wanaka
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Mou Waho Island
We had a great trip out to Mou Waho Island with Krystal our driver from Wanaka water taxis tailoring the trip acros
Neil C
Neil C
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Super friendly service and highly knowledgable about the local area
We caught the Wanaka Water Taxi out to Mou Waho island. The trip out was awesome and we learned about the history o
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Amazinggg experience!!! ❤️
A Wanaka must do activity. We absolutely loved having Krystal as our guide during the tour. Having to leave the mai
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Amazing Amazing Amazing
Very friendly, guide has a passion for the history and keen to share his knowledge, which was much appreciated. W
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