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Cruise Lake Wanaka

Mou Waho Island Cruise and Nature Walk

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  • Breathtaking views of the lake & mountains
  • See Buff Weka (flightless NZ native bird)
  • 2 hour cruise along the clear waters of Lake Wanaka
  • Knowledgable & friendly guides
  • Fresh morning tea served onboard
  • Learn about the history, geology & culture of the island
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Book this Lake Wanaka Cruise here to enjoy return transfers to Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve and a guided 60-minute hike to view the natural glacial lake at the summit. Mou Waho Island offers one of the best hikes in Wanaka with incredible mountain scenery. Throughout the 1km nature walk, knowledgable guides will share the local history, geology and Maori history with you as you take in the fresh mountain air and rugged scenery.

Combining a relaxing Lake Wanaka Cruise with a gentle hike, this tour will take approximately 3.5 hours and a complimentary morning tea is served upon your return to Wanaka. If you love the outdoors and the opportunity to cruise Lake Wanaka then this is the tour for you.


  • 2 hour luxury catamaran cruise on Lake Wanaka
  • 1km guided nature walk
  • Morning tea
  • Friendly knowledgable skipper and crew onboard
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges


  • Transfers from accomodation
  • Lunch


  • Enjoy a luxury big boat cruise on the crystal clear waters of Lake Wanaka to the remote Mou Waho Island nature reserve, home of the lake, on an island, in a lake (on an island in an ocean)
  • A one hour guided bush walk will take guests up to a natural glacial formed lake right on top of the island and magnificent mountain and lake scenery in every direction
  • Visit the unique natural glacial lake at the island summit
  • Learn about the interesting history, geology, culture, flora and fauna of the area
  • Capture the breathtaking views of the lake and surround scenery
  • Indulge in a fresh morning tea served while cruising back to Wanaka
  • Mou Waho Island is a predator-free Department of Conservation reserve and home to many native birds rarely seen on mainland NZ


  • Cruise departs at 9am and returns at 12.30pm
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure to check in


  • Please allow approximately 4 hours for this tour

Departure Location

  • Cruise departs from the Lake front at 100 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

What To Bring

  • Bottled water and snacks
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm jacket (during cooler weather)
  • Flat soled, closed in shoes or boots

Additional Information

  • All cruises require a minimum of 4 adult bookings to run. Cruises with less than 4 adults booked may be cancelled by the operator on or before the scheduled cruise time
  • Cruise is subject to weather conditions, you will be advised if there are any changes to your departure
  • If cruise is cancelled you be will offered an alternative option
  • Please allow 1hour for the Island walk, it is 1 km in total length and rises 150 m above the beach, an above average level of fitness and mobility is required
  • If you do not wish to take part in the full walk, you can remain on the boat, visit the beach or complete part of the walk
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this experience is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability is accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
While the nature walks near Lake Wanaka are gentle, a moderate level of fitness and appropriate footwear is required. It's also a good idea to bring a jacket if you feel the cold easily too.
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