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“Very memorable experience”

Eco Wanaka Adventures
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 23 July 2013

We did the eco hiking tour to Mount Waho Island Nature Reserve in May 2012 as part of our honeymoon. Our guide, Chris, was FANTASTIC. He took us on his boat across Lake Wanaka to the island where we hiked up the mountain. First I have to explain that at the time I was suffering with compression syndrome in my legs but didn't know what it was at the time. It was just us and Chris, our guide, and he noticed that I seemed to be in pain so we rested while Chris told as about the ecology of the island and pointed out some of the wildlife and foliage. At one point I was getting numbness in my one leg so Chris said he would take my husband to the top of the mountain to get some pictures and they'd come back and get me. They hiked at a very fast pace and I was glad my husband would see the view but I was disappointed that my legs were keeping me from seeing it too! Being stubborn I hiked a little farther to a rock ledge and enjoyed the views from there. When Chris and my husband came back down Chris informed me that he called his wife who was a physiotherapist and made me an appointment! He said he saw this type of condition before. I went to her and was diagnosed with compression syndrome. His wife was great as well...kind and thorough. Anyway...on our way back down the mountain we planted some flax as part of the tour. It was another highlight of the trip to give back to this beautiful place. When we got back to the boat and Chris took a bunch of pictures of us, he announced he was taking us to a secret place with a waterfall coming off the rocks because I got gypped out of the mountain top view. Chris is a wonderful person. I can't say enough about his kindness and craziness!

Thank ABieak
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ecowanaka, Owner at Eco Wanaka Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2013

We are here to help! Sporting injuries are a way of life for us energetic bunch of Wanaka-ites!
We all do compulsorily in Eco Wanaka, a very in depth outdoor First Aid course, and are able to diagnose most sorts of niggles through personal experiences!
Great that we could help to assist your recovery.
The walk up the island is optional, anyway, as the comfortable Picnic area is alive with Weka, sweet vocal Bellbirds and huge Native Pigeons nesting in a tree above at present.
Chilling with a cuppa or a cold drink surrounded by the birdsong is heaven.
My pleasure to make your day!

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Reviewed 22 July 2013

After four days skiing we thought we'd have a day off and had seen the Eco Wanaka Adventures brochure in the visitors centre and decided to give it a try. We were so happy we did. The visit with Chris to Mou Waho island was the highlight of our trip. We travelled out to the island on Chris' very comfortable boat as he entertained and informed us with the natural and cultural history of Lake Wanaka. The kids were particularly impressed with the Moa bone.

The island itself was amazing, with a gentle walk up to the beautiful little lake and morning tea with Wally, one of the Buff Wekas which were introduced to the island some years ago. Then a bit more of a walk for the kids to plant a cabbage tree to help revegetate the island and a walk back to the boat. The whole way Chris was full of information and explanations of everything we saw.

I can not recommend this experience highly enough. It was fantastic.

Thank David T
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ecowanaka, Owner at Eco Wanaka Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2013

After or between ski days it is really good to take a short walk to stretch the muscles.
Also while doing this it is doublely good to take in some eye candy of a unique Lake on top of an Island, 150m up high above Lake Wanaka.
The kids loved Wally, he is literally the "King of the Castle", with Sally his wife of 9 years owning this high lake, the very summit and a nicely appointed entertaining area/ infinity pool complex.
Your Tree is growing nicely, you will be pleased to know!

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Reviewed 1 May 2013

We were lucky enough to have a guided tour of Mou Waho Island with Chris Riley during our honeymoon. We roadtripped both the North and South Islands, and we had a number of incredible experiences. This tour was one of the best, though. Chris was incredibly knowledgeable about Mou Waho, which made our experience not only informative but also so much fun. We experienced some of the most stunning views of our trip here, interacted with Wally the Weka, and planted a tree to give back to the island. Our only regret is that we did not stay in Wanaka longer and book another day with Chris. If you are in Wanaka, Eco Adventures is an absolute must. We look forward to seeing Chris when we return in 10 years!

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ecowanaka, Owner at Eco Wanaka Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2013

You are going to be amazed how tall your tree will be in 10 years! Bring your kids and plant another!
The growing seasons have been ideal here, with good ground water and 25- 35 deg C days and lush new growth.
Great to see you two enjoying your special time together on this very photogenic island- the perfect place for those pristine honeymoon shots with a spectacular backdrop!

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Reviewed 21 April 2013

We were lucky enough to do a late afternoon tour proprietor Chris Riley in February. There we only four people on the tour, making for a highly personalised experience. Chris's knowledge and passion for the island, its wildlife and history was infectious. From handling a moa leg bone on the way over to getting to meet one of the first wekas introduced to the island as part of a conservation program to seeing the beautiful lake on top of the island, the tour was one highlight after another. The tour's strong conservation focus was evident from the word go, culminating in planting an indigenous cabbage tree as part of a revegetation effort. Chris has the ability to inform and entertain at the same time, making the total experience memorable and worthwhile. This tour should definitely be on the "must do" list of anyone visiting NZ who has even the slightest interest in NZ's amazing natural environment. David and Annie, Adelaide, South Australia

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ecowanaka, Owner at Eco Wanaka Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2013

Thanks for the review, we are happy to report that that of original Buff Weka liberated back on this Island 10 years ago, (This species is extinct on Mainland NZ), there seems to be only one of the original 30 birds liberated left, with his band on his leg, Wally Weka and his lifetime partner for 10 years, Sally, have had their 18th Chick this year! There are Now about 250 Wekas thriving on this island.
6 week old Piri Weka is about to be weaned/booted out of their territory, to find a mate and his own territory, as today Wally was getting a bit too amorous with Sally right in front of us...Get a Haircut and get a real job son! says Wally!

Maybe we will crack 20 chicks this Autumn from this productive Pair. Not bad for a territorial Bird with a lifespan of 16 years...

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Reviewed 16 April 2013

So many operators use the words 'Eco Tours' but this is one experience that really is that. Chris has been doing this for a long time and it shows, what he doesn't know about this area is probably not worth knowing and his enthusiasm is infectious.
He is really giving back to the community and environment in a way you just don't see other 'Eco Tour' operators doing.
Mou Waho Island is an amazing spot and the views from the top of the island pretty special.
Thanks for the great day Chris.

Thank wellsynz
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ecowanaka, Owner at Eco Wanaka Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2013

We just do what we should do to all our special places in NZ-
Be the Kaitiaki (Guardian) of the Nature on the Island, we are just another species on this land, we must tread carefully, and give back where we have taken-
Morally we feel better and our guests do too, when we plant a tree on every visit to this unique nature reserve island, leaving it in better condition than when we arrived.-Nice.

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