Wanaka Water Taxi & Wanaka 4x4 Explorer

Wanaka Water Taxi and Wanaka 4x4 Explorer is a company run by Brent, Krystle and their team of passionate outdoor people!

They offer spectacular boat trips on Lake Wanaka and 4x4 trips to a remote high country station only accessible by boat.

Here's an overview of their trips:

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Summer departure times (21st  October - 30th April):


Mou Waho Island trip: 10 am & 2 pm. 

(Duration of trip: 3 hours in total.)

Wanaka 4x4 Explorer trip: 9 am & 1 pm. 

(Duration of trip: 4 hours in total)


‘Winter’ departure times (1st September – 20th October):  

Mou Waho Island trip:  11 am.

Wanaka 4x4 Explorer:  10 am. NOTE: not running due to lambing around October for one month.

Mou Waho Island Tour


Why choose this trip?

• A stunning trip to the most beautiful island on Lake Wanaka.

• This is the only Mou Waho Island tour that has a freedom walk (non-guided on the island). 

• Great value trip!


Come and join us on a trip to our favourite place on Lake Wanaka, Mou Waho Island.

Where you can find an island, on a lake, on an island, on a lake, on an island in 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 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.


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.


You get an hour and a half on the island to explore it at your own pace.  


Tour takes 3 hours: The boat ride up to Mou Waho takes about 45 minutes on the way there. There will be some stops along the way for commentary. And it takes about 20 minutes on the way back. The time in between is to explore the Island.  


Boat capacity: 19 pax (large boat) & 7 pax (smaller boat)

Wanaka 4x4 Explorer


Why choose this trip? 

• Exclusive access to Mt. Burke, a high country station on the shores of Lake Wanaka
• The only Boat and 4x4 combo in Wanaka
• Gourmet picnic – see info below (not just a cup of tea and a cookie)
• Small groups (2 vehicles with max of 5 pax each)


Wanaka's boat and 4x4 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.


Your trip starts at the marina 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 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 who sought farm land, gold and a better life here in the mountains of New Zealand.


Picnic Included: Muffin, slices, selection of fruit with tea and plunger coffee. Or cheese, crackers, selection of fruit with a local wine; red, white or rose. Of course you can also choose an alcohol free beverage. Kids picnics are available to and we cater to most dietary requirements.


Tour takes  4 hours.

Contact details:


Wanaka Water Taxi

Postal address: PO Box 80

9344 Albert Town

New Zealand


Trips start from: Wanaka Marina, Lakeside Rd, Wanaka


Krystle: +64 21 152 0689

Wanaka Water Taxi: 0800 273 687 0r +64274173803




Contact person: Krystle Theunissen

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