Mou Waho Island Lake Cruise & Guided Nature Walk
Price from £118 per person
Lying close to the centre of Lake Wanaka is Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve. A unique glacial remnant of the last ice age, the island is also the historic site of early shipbuilding and used to be a stopping place for the steamers and log rafts that once plied the lake. Accessible from Wanaka by a 30 minute scenic boat cruise, the landing is on the eastern side of the island where the remnants of early settlement remain: a stone wharf and a stone fireplace. The track leads from the landing and climbs steadily through native vegetation filled with very vocal birdlife to near the top of Tyrwhitt Peak. Just before the top the Arethusa Pool reveals itself - a lake on the island with small islands in it - unique and very photogenic. Carrying on a little further you come to the very top of the island and have a sweeping 360-degree view of Lake Wanaka, its surrounding mountains and valleys, and the Arethusa Pool below. This is the perfect spot for refreshments and time to relax and enjoy the panorama. The tour is sometimes joined here by the flightless Buff Weka that was re-introduced to the island. This rare bird has been extinct on the mainland since 1920. This eco tour points out these and the many other fauna and flora on this magical nature reserve. Average fitness is required. Total cruise time is 1 hour and actual walking time is 1 hour.
Months: Year Round
Duration: 3-4 Hours
Starts: 09:00 or 13:30
Ends: 12:00-13:00 or 16:30-17:30
Does not operate on the Christmas Day.