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Address: Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-443 2869
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Eco Wanaka Lake, Island and Mountain Adventures offers -

Lake Cruise &...

Eco Wanaka Lake, Island and Mountain Adventures offers -

Lake Cruise & island Walk - Rare flightless birds, a magical lake on top of an island and a unique opportunity to plant a native tree as part of this eco-experience.

Rob Roy Glacier Guided Trek - The World Heritage area's Jewel, Rob Roy has it all! Swingbridge, Rainforest, waterfalls, icefalls, and comical Keas all in one day!

  Walk in "THE HOBBIT's" footsteps - The Misty Mountains Heli Hike starts at 2100m, on the very set that was used in all 3 trilogies - With 3 "Lord of the Rings" film sites also seen from this paramount site. Magical panoramas can be seen from this commanding site from the movie featured, glacier cloaked Mt Aspiring at 3033m to the Laketown of Wanaka far below!

1400m above worry level- The Alpine Lakes Heli Hike is a pure wilderness experience- 3 pristine emerald clear lakes with a commanding view of the Matukituki Valley - As easy or as challenging as you like, this incredible World Heritage area is part of the glaciated Mt Aspiring National Park. Just stunning photographic views!

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Great Rob Roy glacier hike.

My husband and I did a Rob Roy Glacier Hike with Heidi in December 2016. This is a hike that you can easily do on your own, provided that you have rented a four wheel driver... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
San Francisco, California

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Seattle, WA
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357 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Chris is a born naturalist who grew up barefoot and in shorts on a huge spread. He's going to tell you about everything from tectonics to berries plus, if you're lucky, you can plant a tree in his reforestation project. Good good tramp thrown in with great views. Recommended.

Thank Nail56
San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I did a Rob Roy Glacier Hike with Heidi in December 2016. This is a hike that you can easily do on your own, provided that you have rented a four wheel driver vehicle and the weather is good. However, it was nice to have someone help us look for birds and wildlife. She loved taking pictures... More 

Thank Nextlongtrip
Austin, Texas
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32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The weather held out for us when we motored to the Mou Waho island this morning. First of all, I have to say our guide, James was very knowledgeable, patient, and passionate about what he was doing. We saw bellbirds, buff weka, and some fan tails, and also spotted a hawk. I kind of expected more birds, as I have... More 

Thank monski25
ecowanaka, Owner at Eco Wanaka Adventures, responded to this review

Many thanks for your feedback, glad to hear you enjoyed the tour. As we provide "High Tea" at the top of the island we have the limiting factor of how much our Guide can carry rather than cost, so unfortunately items like butter and jam and bulky scones are not within the scope of what we can physically carry and... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

James took us out on a fantastic day across Lake Wanaka to his special island of Mou Tapu. There, we had a beautiful climb up the 650' island hearing about the conservation of the Buff Wekas in this protected place. Little did we know, but he would introduce us to his two favourites, Wally & Sally! James has been coming... More 

Thank Yorkshirelad64
Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth taking a half day out for this trip to Mou Waho Island. The boat ride is fun and walk to the lake and views exhilarating. Chris is an entertaining guide who shares a wealth of knowledge amongst the banter. A dedicated conservationist.

Thank Jen B
ecowanaka, Owner at Eco Wanaka Adventures, responded to this review

Hi Jen, Many thanks for the feedback. Really please to hear you enjoyed your tour with us, I will pass on your kind comments to Chris! kind regards, Lee, Eco Wanaka Adventures. More 

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96 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are anywhere near Wanaka, do this tour. A superb trip. You'll see great scenery, get some exercise, a learn a lot. Chris, the guide, is quite a character and very knowledgeable. You'll see the Buff Weka. Watch them ,they'll steal your cookie during "high tea". This will be a highlight of your New Zealand visit.

Thank Golfchief
New York, New York, United States
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This boat tour and hike of this beautiful island is amazing. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area and the geography as well as the wildlife (We saw many buff wuka). The landscape was amazing seeing the lake on top of an island on a lake. We even planted a tree on the island.

Thank Tory P
ecowanaka, Owner at Eco Wanaka Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, the Buff Weka are extinct on Mainland NZ and have been since 1920. This is the only location you will see this particular flightless species of Weka bird in any numbers on Mainland NZ. The Trees you plant are already feeding the birds, as on our trips so far, we have planted over 7000 food... More 

Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

James our guide took us on a cruise to Mou Waho to explore the island. He was enthusastic and passionate about the great conservation work being done and made the trip very interesting. If you go to Lake Wanaka you must do this trip !

Thank Rick S
ecowanaka, Owner at Eco Wanaka Adventures, responded to this review

James was born in Wanaka, and his pride and knowledge of this area is part of his DNA! We plant a tree on every trip to magical Mou Waho island. We love it too, as it is always different on every trip! The birdlife is abundant and blossoming due to our additional 7000+ food trees planted in the last 10... More 

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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Wow! This is a must-do tour. If you travel to Wanaka and don't do this tour you have not truly experienced what Wanaka's beauty and nature have to offer. Our tour guide - Chris Riley - was ecstatic, highly knowledgeable and passionate about the wildlife and the ecological area. He took us on a 16km boat trip out to Mou... More 

Thank Evie G
ecowanaka, Owner at Eco Wanaka Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review, we do try and answer all of the questions why NZ nature is so unique and different to thew rest of the world, no mammals - (other than 2 small Bats, that walked around on the forest floor), before Humans arrived 800 years ago. Just like a scientific experiment lasting 83 million years, NZ... More 

Caineville, Utah
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44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

We booked for two tours by this outfit, and were very happy with both. The half-day boat/island walk was great fun, lots of information about the native birds, plants, history. Of course the scenery is just flat-out stunning. We also did a full-day walk near Haast Pass, which was a great experience. The forest is untouched, and we didn't see... More 

Thank Judy P
ecowanaka, Owner at Eco Wanaka Adventures, responded to this review

We try and reconnect you with nature on a personal level, our trips can cater for all your passions, Photography, botany, birding blow you away views. This wonderous region has it all. Our pleasure to show it off to you, treading lightly on pristine NZ. More 

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