About Eco Wanaka Adventures
The Eco Wanaka Adventures Story
From small beginnings in November 2006, the vision of a more pro-active Eco Tourism Business came into fruition. With the opportunity to contribute to and reduce our footprint on the environment.
Early on in our development as a business, we entered into an agreement with the Department of Conservation to restore Mou Waho Island’s (in Lake Wanaka) biodiversity by allowing our clients to plant native food trees for the birds on every trip. To date over 8,000 trees have been planted over nearly 14 years which are now flowering and fruiting – making a full circle satisfaction for all concerned – clients, DOC, the birds inhabiting Mou Waho island and Eco Wanaka Adventure’s policy of leaving the island better than when we arrived on every trip.
Since commencing our Heli Hikes, we also have been proactive in introduced Predator eradication by installing traplines at high altitudes to protect our endangered Alpine Parrot the Kea and the rare Rock Wren that lives above the snow line. This is an essential part of our pristine Alpine Lakes and Hobbit Film set location Misty Mountains Heli Hikes we have pioneered high in the South Island’s Southern Alps. Our clients take a keen interest in being part of this effort to preserve our precious wildlife.
Our Glacier Guided Walks have been a great success in this unique and sheltered eastern side of the NZ Southern Alps and give the clients the opportunity to see the famous Rob Roy Glacier or land on the Isobel Glacier.
The business has grown over the years, whilst still maintaining the small group personal guided experience to where we now have varied selection of fully guided Boat Tours, Walks and Heli Hikes to suit all ages and fitness levels that we have developed over our time in business with a great group of knowledgeable Guides to make sure our clients receive the best possible experience of unique NZ natural environments.