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Wanaka Water Taxi Mou Waho Island Tour
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Wanaka Water Taxi Mou Waho Island Tour

By Wanaka Water Taxi and Wanaka 4x4 Explorer
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Ages 0-99, max of 13 per group
Duration: 3h 15m
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Live guide: English
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  • Extensive live commentary onboard
  • 1.5+ hour freedom walk on the island
  • Landing and facility fees
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Start:
  • Wanaka Marina, Lakeside Road, Wānaka 9305, New Zealand
    We depart from the jetty with the silver bridge in the Wanaka Marina
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 66546P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • 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.
    • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Wanaka Water Taxi Mou Waho Island Tour?
    Wanaka Water Taxi Mou Waho Island Tour price starts from $86.60. Discover and book Wanaka Water Taxi Mou Waho Island Tour on Tripadvisor
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    On average, this experience will take approximately 3h 15m. Discover and book Wanaka Water Taxi Mou Waho Island Tour on Tripadvisor

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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      Wanaka Marina
      Lakeside Road, Wānaka 9305, New Zealand
      We depart from the jetty with the silver bridge in the Wanaka Marina
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    • Pass by
      Wanaka Water Taxi and Wanaka 4x4 Explorer
    • 1
      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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    • Wanaka Water Taxi and Wanaka 4x4 Explorer
      304
      Wanaka, New Zealand
      Joined in December 2016
    • shF8326TA
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mou Waho island trip
      A great morning out. Lots of information from our guide on the trip out and about the island. Spectacular views from lookout on island. Pack swimming gear for swim in the lake on the island, in a lake! A very unrushed relaxed trip, thanks Brent.
      Written February 25, 2024
    • ponnip
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not to be missed
      3 of us went on this trip. We received personalised attention and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The scenery was stunning and the picnic was sumptuous. The trip included a dip in the lake. We would highly recommend this experience.
      Written February 24, 2024
    • paulgresham
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome views!
      We did this trip on a beautiful sunny day and were rewarded by some stunning views of lake Wānaka and the surrounding hills. We met at the marina by Krystel and joined by another couple before getting a boat ( the Wanaka water taxi) along the lake for 30 minutes to the shoreline of the Mount Burke sheep station. There, they have a couple of old Land Rover discoveries to take you up through the station (farm) along farm tracks up part of Mount Burke. We stopped for a picnic with the most spectacular views and a short walk. The drive back down was quite steep and bouncy! Thanks to Tony who drove us up the mountain and gave us the history of the area, the station, flora and fauna and who served up a lovely picnic overlooking the lake. Thanks to Krystel for the boat rides and picnic.
      Written February 22, 2024
    • Vacationer690070
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Outstanding experience!
      Great Tour with perfect combination of boat trip and 4x4 adventure. Having a small picknick on a mountain top made this experience even more memorable. Thanks to the team for a wonderful couple of hours!
      Written February 17, 2024
    • nicoleaI3454VE
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience!
      We had an amazing day thanks to Krystle and Charlie! Both the water taxi and 4x4 tour were a lot of fun with beautiful views the entire time. Our breakfast picnic was delicious. We’re glad we were able to join this tour and avoid the crowds.
      Written February 16, 2024
    • Trail27903272911
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Spectacular drive and views
      We did this as well as the Mou Waho tour. Both were excellent with informative guides. The driver, Tony, on the 4x4 was very good and we felt very safe in his hands on the amazing drive up the mountain. The views were spectacular and it was amazing to be there with only one other couple and share the majesty of the environment. The cheee platter picnic was excellent as was the wine. The tour was well organised by Krystle who also drove the boat.
      Written February 3, 2024
    • Zafiron
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      One of the best experience, you d CD an get. Don’t miss!
      Amazing experience! A boat tour over lake Wanaka + 4x4 drive up to highest point to get the best views you can get on Wanaka peninsula. Picnic on top of the hills with excellent guide.
      Written February 2, 2024
    • martinbode
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Cruise
      On a sunny day you have beautiful sights on Lake Wanaka. You get interesting information about the Origin of the lake. Small group of max. 10 persons. On the island you have time of 90 min for own disposal for the walk to the fantastic view point.
      Written January 30, 2024
    • jobonz
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mou Waho trip
      Awesome trip with small group of people. Brent was lovely, informative and interesting. Would highly recommend Wanaka water taxi. Thanks
      Written January 30, 2024
    • FiveFromCalifornia
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A wonderful mountainous adventure!!!
      It was an enjoyable adventure for two couples wanting to do something different while having time in Wanaka. Charlie was wonderful and easy going in explaining to us four Deaf adults. He took the time out to use an erasable white board to repeat what we couldn't get the gist. The highlight was at the upward windy condition way up on a cliff area where we had to hold tight on our headwear or it would go bye-bye-bye!!! Thank you, Charlie!!!
      Written January 27, 2024
    • grs748
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Half Day Trip on the Lake
      We took the trip to Mou Woho Island and walked up to the lake. One of the best attractions on the lake, the views are spectacular and the walk up to the lake on the island is gentle and scenic. Our guide Brent was very informative stopping several times to give us a great commentary on the geological formation of the lake. The weather wasn't that good on our trip but we still enjoyed it a lot. Brent took great care to avoid big waves and make the trip as comfortable as possible, we felt extremely safe at all times.
      Written January 15, 2024
    • Tim P
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Wanaka sightseeing option
      What a great trip we had. The perfect weather and flat calm of the lake helped. The guide was very knowledgeable, and fun. The boat was awesome. The walk up to the pool was a challenge in the heat, but the views were worth it. Would definitely recommend to others!!!
      Written January 11, 2024
    • tsiwatt
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic Service
      Loved the experience! Booking system fab including instant communication to accommodate our additional requests. Will be back!
      Written January 3, 2024
    • ashras2024
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An excellent n memorable experience
      Thanks to Toni n Crystal our tour organisers. Special thanks to Toni who drove us around n showed us all the vista spots n gave us enough time to take pictures n enjoy the natural beauty. Overall a memorable experience for us.
      Written January 1, 2024
    • Lina C
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Must Have Experience
      Excellent Service, the tour guide was very knowledgeble. small group sizes approx 5-6 people, the jetboat journey was really fun.
      Written December 28, 2023
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    HTTE
    Stockton Heath, UK344 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    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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    Solo Family Travels
    Melbourne, Australia25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    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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    Jaimee M
    Wanaka, New Zealand35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Did this trip on my birthday with 3 generations of my family... all had a ball! Good bit of commentary on the way to beautiful Mou Waho Island and then left to our own devices on the island. With small kids & grandparents this was great, didn’t feel time pressure for the walk to the not so secret lake at the top of the island as their timing was well done. Certainly would recommend to any group/individual/traveller or local. A great value half day out for any age. Will be back!
    Written January 9, 2020
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    Thank you Jaimee! It's always great to see 3 generations enjoying the trip!
    Written January 10, 2020
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    Suzs
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    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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    highker
    New Zealand12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
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    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
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    AKLSandH
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
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    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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    Jiwan
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a great day I had. Beautiful day, beautiful island and great walk. Good view from the top of the island. The best and surprising part was hidden lake Arethusa pool which looks so beautiful and eye catching. Got a chance to encounter with Weka bird. I highly recommend.
    Thanks to the operator
    Written June 24, 2020
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    Thank you very much for taking the time to give us such a nice review. Great to hear you loved the island as much as we do.
    Written June 27, 2020
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    Wendy D
    Invercargill, New Zealand17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    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
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    mrswinendine
    Mooloolaba, Australia356 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous day out to Mou Waho Island with Wanaka Water Taxi.
    We started with a trip out to the island in a comfortable water taxi; Brent (skipper) spoke about the local area and history of the glaciers on the way as well as pointing out local islands.
    On arriving we headed straight to the lookout which is along a narrow path. It took me about 30 minutes with stops and was well worth it. Lovely views up and around the lake and there was a lot of bird life including cheeky Wekas who eyed my bag’s looking for treasure.
    We had a swim at the elevated lake and cooled down before walking back to the shore. All up we took about 90 minutes for the return walk with a swim thrown in.

    We wore sturdy shoes although I did see people managing the walk in sandal’s. I appreciated the use of a walking pole from Brent, particularly useful for the downhill track. Do take water.

    Krystle was the skipper for the return trip and it was a great journey.

    I recommend this activity highly, very good value and lots of time to explore.

    Thanks to Brent and Krystle.
    Written December 26, 2022
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    Thank you so much to take the time to write such a detailed review! That will be very useful for other guests. It was great to have you aboard and we love hearing that you had such a good time. Cheers Brent & Krystle
    Written December 28, 2022
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    HaggisMaidens
    Maidens11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Struck it lucky with a beautiful day for our trip to Mou Waho. (Planning and good forecast) We wanted to see the Island in the Lake on an Island in Lake Wanaka and it didn’t disappoint. Got to love Wanaka. Even had a weka posing for the perfect picture.
    Written December 2, 2020
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    Some great planning Neville & Cindy! What a stunning day it was. Indeed it's the light winds or anything with a Southerly in it that is great for on the lake. Thank you for joining us and the review!
    Written December 6, 2020
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