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“An extremely well worthwhile & most enjoyable adventure.”

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 young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Jamie our exceptionally knowledgeable tour guide & extremely talented skipper took us initially on a wonderful boat trip on Wanaka Lake, followed by a marvellous walk on Mou Waho Island. Every step of the way we discovered more about the area, the environment, the history, the flora & fauna. The bird life was fascinating, the views truly breathtaking, the whole experience uniquely memorable.
I can highly recommend this tour.

Thank 833rosemary
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ecowanaka, Owner at Eco Wanaka Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

Jamie is as good as it gets as skipper/guides and passionate about Wanaka's environment.
And very proud of Mou Waho Island, we love giving you the opportunity to plant a native tree on this island, as part of our eco-policy of leaving the island in better condition on EVERY trip.
These tree's berries and flowers are feeding the birds already, in the 10 years our tours have been planting magic Mou Waho Island.
Thank you for the glowing review!

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"new zealand"
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"special island"
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"outstanding guide"
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

A wet day did not dull the enthusiasm from Chris nor our enjoyment of Mou Waho island and the important conservation work . The following day ,in glorious sunshine and with a fresh fall of snow on the mountains we visited the alpine lakes on a helihike - absolutely stunning ! The scenery and Chris’s patience and knowledge made it a memorable day . In short : brilliant .

Thank davidbehan2017
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ecowanaka, Owner at Eco Wanaka Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

Wow. You two copped the most extreme weather scenarios we have in Wanaka!
Safety is paramount to us, so we are happy that we could deliver on what turned out to be the most amazing and photogenic experiences at both these places!
Both the rain and snow that late in spring is a rare and spectacular event, lush green valleys butting up onto the plastered mountain tops we walked along was an exciting bonus!
Come and do the Misty Mountains Heli Hike and we give you your OWN "Unexpected journey!"
Walking both the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings sites where they haven't taken the set down!

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Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

We had such a wonderful time on these tours and can’t recommend them too highly. The guides are very knowledgeable, friendly and considerate. They also had a great sense of humour and a love of nature that went so far as to help put native trees back on the island. Both tours have been the highlights of our trip to NZ so far. Do this. Really, you won’t be disappointed.

Thank Trevor M
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ecowanaka, Owner at Eco Wanaka Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

Thank you for experiencing 2 of our special adventure s in our beautiful backyard just one hour from Queenstown -
A world away from traffic lights...
We try to get you up front and "personal with nature" is our motto and in a fun way, with our very small client to guide ratio.
We are here to help you find the REAL New Zealand out there...

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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

We got a private tour to the Mou Waho island, we didnt had chris, but our guide (forgot his name) was also well informed fauna and flora on the island, we had a wonderfull walk up to the top where there is a lake with stunning vieuws. We met several weka birds . I can recommend this tour to everyone!

Thank Ivar1970
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ecowanaka, Owner at Eco Wanaka Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Many thanks for your review, your Skipper was Jamie and we are very glad to hear that your enjoyed your tour, kind regards, Lee, Eco Wanaka Adventures

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

I was lucky enough to head out on a picture perfect day; the lake was flat as a pancake and the sun was shining. Chris was brilliant from the word go, even letting my almost 2 year old check out the boats controls which made his day! Chris has fantastic knowledge of the island and stopped to show us interesting plants and wildlife on the way to what is one of the most spectacular views in the world! Planting a native tree is a great touch which really adds a great extra element to the trip. I would definitely recommend this trip, brilliant...thanks Chris and the Eco Wanaka team!

Thank sethbeth2017
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ecowanaka, Owner at Eco Wanaka Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

Our pleasure to host you and reintroduce your little one to nature! - The curious Wekas, touching the smooth geckos and planting a tree is important to us to reconnect our future generation with the environment around them.
One little boy said to me on a trip, that it was just like "Treasure island"!

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