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Wanaka 4x4 Explorer The Ultimate Lake and Mountain Adventure provided by Wanaka Water Taxi and Wanaka 4x4 Explorer

Wanaka 4x4 Explorer The Ultimate Lake and Mountain Adventure

Wanaka 4x4 Explorer The Ultimate Lake and Mountain Adventure
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The Ultimate Lake and Mountain Adventure Wanaka’s boat and 4×4 tour brings you the best of both worlds with views from the lake and land looking over remote islands and National Parks. From start to finish we are off the beaten path, no people, truly remote, truly stunning. The best place to enjoy the views and your gourmet picnic!  The 4 hour tour departs from the Wanaka Marina and includes a 20 minutes boat ride to and from the base of Mt. Burke where you and your guide board our 4x4. 
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • 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
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 66546P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Gourmet Picnic
  • Small-group tour, max of 5 per vehicle
  • Exclusive acces to Mt. Burke Station
  • Return boat trip.
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Wanaka Marina, Lakeside Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand We depart from the jetty with the bridge in the Wanaka Marina.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
  • Please advise with your choice of picnic.
  • There are no toilets on this tour.
  • Please dress appropriately, it can be colder on the mountain so bring a jacket.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Gourmet Picnic
  • Small-group tour, max of 5 per vehicle
  • Exclusive acces to Mt. Burke Station
  • Return boat trip.
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Wanaka Marina, Lakeside Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand We depart from the jetty with the bridge in the Wanaka Marina.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
  • Please advise with your choice of picnic.
  • There are no toilets on this tour.
  • Please dress appropriately, it can be colder on the mountain so bring a jacket.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Wanaka Marina
    Lakeside Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
    We depart from the jetty with the bridge in the Wanaka Marina.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Wanaka Water Taxi and Wanaka 4x4 Explorer
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    Lake Wanaka
    Stop: 4 hours
    Wanaka’s boat and 4×4 tour brings you the best of both worlds with views from the lake and land looking over remote islands and the National Park. From start to finish we are off the beaten path, no people, truly remote, truly stunning. Your trip starts by boating up Lake Wanaka towards the head of Stevenson’s arm with tremendous views of glacier carved mountains, a constantly changing vista of steep walls and alpine peaks. We cruise past Stevenson’s Island to our landing point at the foot of Mt Burke. Boarding our 4×4 Vehicle we climb above the lake, your view expands until all of Lake Wanaka lays before you in a stunning panorama of crystal clear blue water and the alpine peaks of Mount Aspiring National Park. Take some time to enjoy the solitude and enjoy the best view in Wanaka! Your guide will give you an insight into the history of the farm station and the geology of the Alps and some of the stories of the early settlers while you enjoy your gourmet picnic.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Mary G
Paraparaumu, New Zealand153 contributions
A MUST TRIP TO DO IN WANAKA
Mar 2021
We did this amazing adventure during a three week tour of the South Island and it was certainly the highlight of our holiday, The views were amazing and it was just so peaceful. Krystal was delightful and Charlie's driving was excellent over some pretty hairy terrain and we loved his sense of humour and interesting commentary. Chatting with Charlie over wine and cheese at the top of the destination was great, and although we will probably never see him again, we felt we had made a true friend. With mobiliity being an issue for me this was handled professionally and made easy. A MUST thing to do when in Wanaka!
Written 31 March 2021
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Wanaka_Water_Taxi
It was an absolute delight to have you and Peter on board Mary! Thank you so much for the excellent review. I will pass the kind words on to Charlie. Kind regards Krystle
Written 4 April 2021
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ChelT
Wellington, New Zealand53 contributions
An amazing day out
Feb 2021
The best part of our Wanaka trip. And I highly recommend it!

The island is such a peaceful place. There were bellbirds singing as if cheering people as they walk up the hill. There are stopping areas after each steep climb with amazing views of the main lake. Towards the top, you will find the lake within the lake.

There is a curious weka that has associated humans with food. Btw the island + 4WD includes lunch.

The 4WD drive was thrilling in some places. Mike is an amazing driver. The view is just spectacular. There is no camera that can justify the beauty of the place.

The picnic is very filling (thank you Krystal!). And Mike makes a very good coffee according to my partner.

Advice : There is no parking in the Marina so it is better to walk from your accommodation. Bring your own water bottle to the island as there is no drinkable water there. It is good to bring a little snack as well. But make sure you take your rubbish with you.

In summer the water is so clear and inviting. I wished we were told to bring togs and towels, to be honest.
Written 6 March 2021
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Wanaka_Water_Taxi
Thank you so much for your great review. I loved how you said that friends recommended our Mou Waho Island tour and you said; why not add the 4x4 tour as well! Great idea. Most people who like swimming bring togs, but you are right, we should tell people. So I have just updated all booking confirmations. Thank you for the feedback, we really appreciate it. Thank you so much for joining us. I will pass the kind words on to Mike as well.
Written 8 March 2021
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Karen H
Plimmerton, New Zealand16 contributions
Holiday highlight - breathtaking views, awesome guide and water taxi skipper
Awesome afternoon with Charlie and Krystal. From the moment we stepped on the water taxi we were in awe of our beautiful surroundings and the local knowledge that was being shared with us. Afternoon tea perched on the hilltops morning of Mt Bruce Station is an experience we will never forget, absolutely stunning. We didn’t want to leave! Don’t leave Wanaka without going on this 4x4 adventure, you will not be disappointed 😀
Written 31 January 2021
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Wanaka_Water_Taxi
Thank you so much Karen & Greg, it was great to take you up the lake and up the hill for a picnic on such a beautiful day!
Written 3 February 2021
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Shimoda63
Waitakere City, New Zealand31 contributions
Stunning afternoon - thanks so much :)
Thanks krystal & Charlie - this was a great afternoon on a wonderful day in a stunning place.

The scenery was the star, but Charlie’s driving & commentary were excellent, & very special to have just the family group to enjoy it.

Honourable mention, too, to the massivelyover-catered afternoon-tea ;)

You’ll see us again for the island hike, next time ! :)
Written 17 December 2020
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Wanaka_Water_Taxi
Thank you Perry, Harry & Luke! Although you shouldn't have left us with so many leftovers. That's no good for our waistline ;-) I'll of course pass this on to Charlie, we are indeed very lucky to have him! We are looking forward to taking you to Mou Waho Island next time.
Written 17 December 2020
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Jutta H
Germany16 contributions
Great day with Charlie
Jan 2020
We did the 4x4 Explorer tour in the morning and the Mou Waho Island tour in the afternoon. Both tours were very well organized. The island tour was without guide, so I concentrate my review on the 4x4 tour. Charlie, our guide, was very informative and interested in giving us as much information as possible, sometimes being witty and funny and always willing to stop for photos and/or to take photos of his passengers. Charlie is a very careful and safe driver. He took us to most spectacular places with stunning views of the lake and the mountains and always waited patiently, until everybody was ready to go on. We could not have the picnic at the top of our trek because of heavy winds, but Charlie prepared a wonderful and very delicious picnic at the end of the tour. The white and the red whine, too were really good and so were the local cheeses. It was an amazing experience! Thank you so much, Charlie!!!
Written 12 May 2020
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Wanaka_Water_Taxi
Thank you very much for joining us on both trips Jutta & Christian. We loved to have you aboard. I will pass on your kind words to Charlie, we are very lucky to have him as a guide.
Written 27 June 2020
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Margot
4 contributions
Awesome experience and stunning views!
Mar 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed are cruise and 4x4 drive in Wanaka! Jason, our guide, was informative and funny and willingly took photos of us. When we arrived at the end of our ascent we thought, "Wow", but then Jason led us on a 5 minute walk to a spot that was even more stunning. Great morning tea in the sun - with no wind which was a blessing. We absolutely encourage you to give yourself this experience!
Written 21 March 2020
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Wanaka_Water_Taxi
Thank you so much for joining us on such a fine day Margot! It was great to meet you and to show you this stunning place!
Written 22 March 2020
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Diana F
1 contribution
The best Wanaka experience
Mar 2020 • Couples
We just experienced the most beautiful part of the world at Wanaka! Thanks to Krystal and Mike from Wanaka Water Taxi and 4x4 Explorer (and the Station owner who allowed us to 4WD up his beautiful land) to experience the lake and then 4WD up to the best views of unspoilt mountains lakes and tracks! Thank you both for an experience of a life time. The NZ Pinot Noir A.k.A at the top of our trek was delightful as was the NZ local cheeses and bloody good homemade chutney! If you ever are able to travel to this beautiful part of the world this experience is a must. Info@wanakawatertaxi.co.nz 👏👏👏👏👍👍👍✅✅ thank you 🙏
Written 14 March 2020
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Wanaka_Water_Taxi
Thank you so much Diane & David! It was an absolute pleasure to have you 2 aboard. Mike and I loved seeing you two so happy! What a wonderful way to spend David's birthday. You'll have to come again on your birthday Diane!
Written 16 March 2020
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Chris
6 contributions
Spectacular views and commentary of Lake Wanaka!
Mar 2020
Our group of 4 went on the boat ride of Lake Wanaka and then the 4x4 ride and had a marvellous time! Jason our guide was informative and fun, the view tremendous and the afternoon tea by the lake was awesome! Very enjoyable afternoon!
Written 10 March 2020
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Marvelous, tremendous and awesome, those are words we love to hear! I could hear the giggles and laughs far back in the marina while you were heading out on the lake. Thank you so much for joining us and your patients at the start. It was a pleasure to have you all joining us.
Written 15 March 2020
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Greg O
5 contributions
Superbe!
Feb 2020
From the moment we were picked up by boat from the Marina for a wonderful ride on Wanaka lake we had a great time! The guide Mike on the 4X4 trip was fantastic, so knowledgeable, interesting and fun, a brilliant driver and he also made a great cup of tea to go with our very welcome picnic lunch which he served to us on the beach once we had driven back down the mountain! An absolutely excellent experience which we can highly recommend to anyone who wants a completely different and unique morning out.
Written 5 February 2020
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Thank you very much for joining us Greg and Susan. It was lovely to have you aboard and to show you this stunning, remote area, and have it all to yourselves! And even though it was a bit windy, we can always find a nice lakeside picnic spot to. I'll of course pass your kind words onto Mike and I'll let the lovely lady from the market now that her homemade local fruit pies were a hit! Enjoy the rest of your stay with your son and we would love to see you again on your next trip to New Zealand.
Written 6 February 2020
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kleinrichard
Venlo, The Netherlands121 contributions
Once in a lifetime experience
Jan 2020
Wow, what a an afternoon! After 20 minutes by boat on Wanaka lake, which gives you beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding mountains, we set foor on land to pursue it by a 4x4 Range Rover with experienced driver. The trip up the mountainside is stunning as are the views and our knowlegdable guide Charlie explains the surrounding and answer all our questions. The "road" is sometimes steep and bumpy and we climb higher and higher. Once on top the views are fantastic, it's really quiet, and we enjoy a great lunch. Time flies and we head back down the hill and enjoy the boatride in the sun. An afternoon to cherish.
Written 2 January 2020
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Wanaka_Water_Taxi
We always love it to show people this wonderful place! It was great to have you aboard!
Written 3 January 2020
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Alister L
Alister L
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A fantastic educational tour of Lake Wanaka.
This is a must do while your in Wanaka. Wanaka Water Taxis are second to none. Learnt so much on the boat ride to
cleantraveller14
cleantraveller14
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A hidden gem in Lake Wanaka
A wonderful afternoon. Great information from our lovely female skippers. The walk to the top is not too strenuous
travellingt0m2021
travellingt0m2021
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Great value
Booked a water taxi fare for a trip out to Mou Wahu island after attempting to kayak to the island from Glendhu Bay
SheenaHosking
SheenaHosking
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Island Wonder
This is definite must do if you are visiting Wanaka. Krystal will take you on an amazing informative journey to the
jordannK5148ZB
jordannK5148ZB
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Mou Waho Island
Fabulous day out with Shiloh on the water taxi. Mou Waho Island was lovely and would recommend this trip to anyone.
Jordan010292
Jordan010292
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Water taxi
Fabulous day out with Shiloh on the Wanaka Water Taxi. Loved Mou Waho and would recommend this trip to anyone! Shou
JOHN K
JOHN K
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Boat trip
Went as promoted and expected. Boat a bit small so no other services but it was fine for this short trip. Staff fri
Lindsay_Withington
Lindsay_Withington
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Fantastic experience
We booked to do this tour on line and the experience was painless, then the day arrived and my wife and I felt like
ESearleNelson
ESearleNelson
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A lake on an island in a lake!
Excellent trip to Moa Wahu. Enjoyed every minute and were well looked after by Wanaka Water Taxi. Would recommend
suekbeale
suekbeale
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Where else can you; Stand on an island, in a lake, on an island, in a lake.....on an island..
And it’s right in our backyard. Contact Krystal and the team to find out more. It was a fab. experience, Krystal g
AmandaXJames
AmandaXJames
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Trip to Mou Wahu Island Lake Wanaka
An excellent half day trip to this beautiful island. The guide was great, the walk to the top well worth the effort
Simon O
Simon O
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Fantastic day out with a great operator
We took the trip from Wanaka to Mou Waho island for the morning. We had a great commentary on local history on the
CaroJaneN
CaroJaneN
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Amazing trip to Mou Waho!
Booked the afternoon trip to Mou Waho. Day turned out to be sunny and calm so we were very fortunate. Trip to Isl
JillNessMonster
JillNessMonster
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Amazing!
Such a great way to see more of Lake Wanaka! We took the Wanaka Water Taxi out to Mou Waho island... our guide was
Veedoubleu69
Veedoubleu69
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Awesome afternoon
Great tour, knowledgable skipper, beautiful, region, climb up to small lake not too hard, great value, highly reco
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