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Wanaka 4x4 Explorer The Ultimate Lake and Mountain Adventure
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Wanaka 4x4 Explorer The Ultimate Lake and Mountain Adventure

By Wanaka Water Taxi and Wanaka 4x4 Explorer
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Ages 0-99, max of 10 per group
Duration: 4h
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Live guide: English
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  • 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
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 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: 66546P2

    • 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.
    • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 10 travellers

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

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    • You'll start at
      Wanaka Marina
      Lakeside Road, Wānaka 9305, New Zealand
      We depart from the jetty with the bridge in the Wanaka Marina.
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      Scenic boat ride with a small spectacular walk : )
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      A lake on an island on a lake on an island!
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      Swim and hike
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      Great Half Day Trip on the Lake
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      Icy Swims and Friendly Fauna
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      Great Wanaka sightseeing option
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      Fantastic Service
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      An excellent n memorable experience
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      Fun trip
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    Denise P
    Southampton, UK4 contributions
    Feb 2023
    What a fantastic experience!! We were picked up from the marina by Krystle who welcomed us cheerfully and ferried out on a 30 minute boat ride to where we were met by Rupert in a 4x4 vehicle. He drove up a very steep rugged sheep trail, he was very confident and knowledgeable, stopping several times to talk about the stunning area we were driving through, and giving us time to take photos. Made us feel very comfortable, yet it was exciting. The views were beyond stunning, photos do not do it justice.
    After about 45 mins of driving ‘up’ we stopped at a flat area where a picnic of cheese, biscuits and olives with a bottle of wine were brought out. What a stunning place to have a picnic. We chatted a while, went for a wander to take further pictures.
    All in all, we feel that this trip was very good value for money, great fun, great company and very informative with an obvious passion for nature and Rupert and Krystle made sure we were very well cared for.
    We would definitely do this again, and would highly recommend it to anyone.
    Written 14 February 2023
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    Thank you so much for your detailed review Denise! I am sure it will help other travelers. It's great to hear that you had such a great time. It was great to have you both aboard. Rupert and I both had a great time with you aboard. Cheers Brent & Krystle
    Written 3 March 2023
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    Wyndam S
    2 contributions
    We loved this adventure around Wanaka! The trip and experience exceeded expectations and our guides were the best! We took the tour on a Saturday afternoon and left the marina promptly with just our party of 4. The high-speed water taxi transfer to the sheep station was a great way to see a corner of the lake where you wouldn’t normally be able to travel without a boat. The tour up the sheep station was exhilarating as we climbed 700m in elevation over a very short distance. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the region and even though we have traveled to Wanaka several times, we still picked up a bunch of new history. After several stops along the way, we had a beautiful picnic that was considerately planned for dietary requirements (they texted the morning of the tour to confirm any food requests) and our two children. All in all, it was a very lovely experience and one that we would highly recommend for families with younger children that might not be able to easily hike into some of the higher elevation trails around Wanaka. Our photos and memories of the trip will be cherished for many years.
    Written 4 March 2023
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    And what a pleasure it was to have your family aboard. Charlie and I both really enjoyed it. Thank you for the detailed review and we will see you again once you've moved to NZ! Kind regards Brent & Krystle
    Written 6 March 2023
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    Mary G
    Paraparaumu, New Zealand160 contributions
    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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    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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    Karen H
    Plimmerton, New Zealand16 contributions
    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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    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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    ChelT
    Wellington, New Zealand56 contributions
    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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    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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    Erika H
    15 contributions
    Mar 2023 • Friends
    All we can say is WOW!!! This is an excellent tour to do. It is small, very personal and Crystal and Charlie are wonderful. You start the day with a water taxi to Mt Bourke station on Lake Wanaka and you then hop in the 4x4 with Charlie and start the steep ascent up to the top of Mt Bourke station, where he prepares a lovely morning tea of coffee, cakes and fruit for you, complete with folding chairs to take in the views, which are spectacular. He stops along the way and explains what you are looking at and nothing is too much trouble. Watch out and give way to the sheep crossing. You then descend back down to the waiting water tax and back to Wanaka. We also combined it with Wanaka Mou Waho in the afternoon at the suggestion of Crystal and I will leave a review of this on this site as well. It was excellent. All in all a very good day and well worth ever penny.
    Written 2 April 2023
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    Yay!! That is so great to hear! What an awesome review Erica & Vanessa. We absolutely loved having the 2 of you aboard and it was great you decided to stay to do the Mou Waho Island afterwards as well. Thank you so much for joining us and for the awesome review! We will pass it on the Charlie as well. Kind regards Brent & Krystle
    Written 4 April 2023
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    Trail27903272911
    2 contributions
    Jan 2024 • Couples
    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 3 February 2024
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    And the grapes of your Pinot Noir even picked by myself (Krystle). We definitely have some excellent wine in this area, and the Pinot Noir we serve comes from my friends vineyard. We love it when guests join us the whole day! It is so nice to show you are favourite places on Lake Wanaka. Thank you so much! Cheers Brent & Krystle
    Written 13 February 2024
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    Margot
    5 contributions
    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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    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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    hermanus1
    Christchurch, New Zealand26 contributions
    Fantastic experience- a highlight of our Wanaka visit Our guide Charlie made the trip memorable with his local knowledge and hospitality. The vista from the top (picnic site) was breathtaking . A view not many people get to experience! Finished off lakeside - in our chairs with feet in the water- amazing ! Thanks Charlie and the 4x4 Team
    Written 2 January 2023
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    Always good to have a lake nearby when it is hot! ;-) Thank you so much for joining us and for the great review. It's great to hear that you had an amazing time. We will definitely pass this on to Charlie. Cheers Brent & Krystle
    Written 3 January 2023
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    Shimoda63
    Waitakere City, New Zealand43 contributions
    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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    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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