Lake Wanaka 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.
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. The trip runs subject to weather and lake conditions.
Depending on the planting season, you can help The Reforestation of Mou Waho by planting a tree. Please enquire on booking
Quick facts about our Lake Wanaka Cruise and Island Nature Walk
- Trips depart at 9am or 1.30pm or by prior arrangement
- Total walking time 1.5 hours
- Courtesy accommodation pick up and drop off
- Refreshments - morning or afternoon tea provided
- Requirements: average health and fitness, strong treaded sports shoes or hiking boots, suitable warm clothing, good sweater or jacket
- Minimum 2 people
Mou Waho Gallery
click on any image for an enlarged view and slide show
|Check out the amazing call of the Bellbird
|An inquisitive Buff Weka
|A bathing Buff Weka
Ex-Wanaka: Adult $170, Child (under 16) $110
Prices are valid to 31 March 2012