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Mou Waho Island Water Taxi - Wanaka Water Taxis

Escape the crowds and discover the magic of Mou Waho Island.

Escape the crowds and discover the magic of Mou Waho Island.


  • Spend 1.5 hours exploring the stunning Mou Waho Island
  • Hike up to the hidden lake on the top of the island!
  • Bring your swimwear for a swim in the hidden lake, or Lake Wanaka
  • Relax on the secluded beaches, taking in the spectacular island

Where you can find an island, on a lake, on an island, on a lake, on an island on the sea!

Mou Waho Island is a protected nature reserve and is home to many native New Zealand birds including the curious and flightless Weka. A short thirty minute walk takes you to the top of the island where you will be exposed to breathtaking panoramic views of the Arethusa pool, Lake Wanaka and its surrounding peaks.

Bring your swimwear and take a dip in the stunning lake on the top of the island, or in Lake Wanaka!

Our water taxi leaves Wanaka Marina twice-daily travelling 15km up Lake Wanaka, passing Mou Tapu Island and the steep cliff of fisherman's cove to Mou Waho Island. Your friendly and knowledgeable skipper will inform you of the fascinating geology of the alps and the glaciers that created the lake as you travel along its sparkling waters. Enjoy 1.5 hours exploring the Island and hiking to the hidden lake!

Adult $135.00 (Aged 16+)
Child $60.00 (Aged 5-15 years)
Infant $0.00 (Aged 0-4 years)


  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience


  • Wanaka Marina
  • Lakeside Road
  • Wanaka 9305

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Please Note: The 30-minute walk to the top of the island can be steep and uneven in places. Benches are available to rest along the way, and walking poles are available for those who like to use them.

Available Bookings from 19 May to 1 Jun 2024

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Loic Martinot from United States wrote on 06 May 2024

Great tour

Great explanations and the tour was perfectly timed.

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tracyl12 from China wrote on 23 February 2024

Beautiful scenary

I like the hiking and boating combo.Captain told us historic stories and the formation of the Wānaka area, though we missed some part because we are not native English speaker, but it is fine.

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Tom McRobie from New Zealand wrote on 17 January 2024

Mou Waho Magic

Amazing scenes. Passionate and informative guide!

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Jerry O'Mahoney from New Zealand wrote on 01 November 2018

The Water Taxi Trip that wasn't

I got a bit of help from my hotel to book a trip with Wanaka Water Taxis to go to Mou Waho Island the day before the trip. Alas they cancelled on me 40 minutes before I was due to go because another group pulled out and their weren't enough people (only me) to warrant going on the trip. I have still not been refunded for my trip which I paid for in advance, a week and a half later. Not impressive service I have to say!

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elizabetht11 from New Zealand wrote on 02 January 2024

Trip to Mou Waho, Wanaka

Very reliable and comfortable experience.

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