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!
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