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Stevensons Island Cruise and Nature Walk from Wanaka
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Stevensons Island Cruise and Nature Walk from Wanaka

By Lake Wanaka Cruises
Recommended by 94% of travellers
94% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Stevensons Island on Lake Wanaka should not be missed by any nature lover. A luxury catamaran delivers you there in just 40 minutes for a guided nature walk to the island's summit. Spectacular photo ops include the scenic Southern Alps and Lake Wānaka. Afternoon tea is provided along with Department of Conservation park fees at this bird sanctuary.
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Ages 0-99, max of 49 per group
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Lake Wānaka catamaran cruise to Stevensons Island
  • Nature walk to the summit for sweeping views
  • Guide points out birdlife such as the buff weka
  • Quick late-afternoon itinerary leaves free time in the day

  • Cruise and guided Island walk
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Department of Conservation Park fees
  • Afternoon tea
  • Local guide
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Wanaka
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)


Start:
  • Wānaka Lakefront, Ardmore Street, Wānaka 9305, New Zealand
    At the lake front near 100 Ardmore St directly across the road from the Wanaka iSite.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 56970P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 56970P2

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    • Ardmore Street, Wānaka 9305, New Zealand
      At the lake front near 100 Ardmore St directly across the road from the Wanaka iSite.
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      Cruise on Lake Wanaka NZ to Stevensons Island for a guided nature walk.
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    • Lake Wanaka Cruises
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      Wanaka, New Zealand
      Joined in January 2017
    • bookwormKarin
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Kiwi Version of Russian Doll
      The Kiwi version of a Russian Doll: at the top of the hill on Mou Waho Island you can see an island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island. Stunning views and nature awaits you in that picturesque place. The track to the arthresian lake is a bit steep, so make sure to wear good shoes. I would also advice that children should be no younger than about 8 (or else have been up mountains before). However, the reward is well worth the effort of the climb.
      Written 17 April 2024
    • evets1232016
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great day out on Lake Wanaka
      The day consisted of a leisurely one hour cruise about halfway up the lake, on a very nice boat, to Mou Waho island. There are a couple of hours on the island, then a return cruise back to the Wanaka marina. Lake Wanaka is stunningly beautiful, surrounded by towering mountains on all sides, and this is the best way to see it. The captain and guide, Tim, gave us just enough info. on the lake and its history, without overdoing it. On the island, which is full of wekas, we climbed to the top, learning a lot about the local fauna along the way. Just be aware the climb to the top of the island takes you up 150 metres in altitude, so it's not for everyone.
      Written 18 February 2024
    • jennSaigon
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent trip around lake
      We booked on Book me ($41) , excellent value which includes alcoholic beverage, cheese and crackers. It was a stunning night so being out on the water was a wonderful way to experience the views. Very good staff. Highly recommend.
      Written 10 February 2024
    • kriyoung
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very beautiful boat ride
      We had a wonderful time. Lake Wanaka is absolutely beautiful. The Captain and staff were so very nice. Great boat ride overall!
      Written 2 February 2024
    • 18103sunshine
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful outing
      Beautiful boat ride to the island. Incredible views once you reach the top including a small lake. Walk is easy enough for most people.
      Written 17 January 2024
    • LN1996_28
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Recommended guided island tour
      This was a 5* experience from start to finish. In a comfortable boat you are taken over to mou waho island and we were given a guided walk of the island. Although the lookout and pools are sign posted. You get interesting information about the wildlife and also taken down some off the beaten track paths.
      Written 13 January 2024
    • jacalyny
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Stunning Views Worth the Walk
      Took the trip to Mou Waho Island in Lake Wanaka. We opted for the guided tour. Reon was excellent. We had three groups of varying ages (we were the oldest) and he managed to keep the group moving along yet be very conscious of our much slower pace. Fortunately the trail is well marked and doable. At the top of the 30 minute (45 for us) trail you are rewarded with the glacial pool sitting near the top of the island. Another 20 minute hike up to the lookout point opened up to stunning stunning views. Spectacular. I do wish I had brought my walking stick with me….makes going down hill easier.
      Written 6 December 2023
    • sophie2173
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommend
      A short and sweet overview of lake wanaka and ruby island.Our skipper/guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and we would recommend to anyone visiting with only a few hours in wanaka.
      Written 16 June 2023
    • Kiwijoandsreve
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great short trip for all ages.
      Wonderful little trip that we all enjoyed (aged 4 to 66). We asked the kids 4,9 and11) when we got home what they enjoyed today and all said the boat trip! Excellent scenery and tour guide imparted a wealth of knowledge that we all appreciated. Would recommend 👍
      Written 13 June 2023
    • Inspire17364624524
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      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Spot the difference
      When the cruise boat turned up ….well it was actually a small boat. Not what was advertised on the flyer. Had to climb in via a small ladder onto and into the front of the boat and a step down three stepped little ladder into the boat. Definitely not a recommended way of safely getting aboard. Couldn’t even go outside as he said it would destabilise the boat ? Kinda went near the Wanaka tree …..too far for a photo. Ruby island was more than a walk. Should have realised when the tour guide/skipper of the boat took his hiking pole. The ascent was steep and long … take a drink it will be needed. Very disappointing as this cost us $98.
      Written 15 March 2023
    • D1474XHgordons
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      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mou Waho Island Cruise and Nature Walk, value for money?
      The advertised 3.5 hour cruise and visit to Mou Waho island, was a disappointment, the tour company used a large water taxi which was not the boat shown on advertisements, the employed boat did not provide adequate visibility for approximately 50% of passengers and the boat trip should not in anyway be described as a cruise. Island itself was beautiful, however passengers only allowed 1.5 hours on island which shortened tour time to 3.0 hours. As it takes 40 minutes as sign posted to reach the view point above the island lake, the allowed 1.5 hours on island does not allow that much time for sightseeing. Overall cost of this activity represents very poor value for your money.
      Written 21 February 2023
    • ruthvG8658BK
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      Had a fun ride in the water taxi. Be prepared for a wavy experience. The island was beautiful, and the guide was very knowledgeable. Be prepared for some steep hiking in places.
      Written 9 February 2023
    • LakesideChick
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      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Ruby Island
      We enjoyed the cruise across the lake - but go see the tree from the beach as the view from the boat is a bit far away. The island walk is ok and the history of the island is interesting. It’s not really a photo walk - there’s just the one photo opportunity at the top of the hill. The guide and the driver were friendly and welcoming. Take a drink as there’s nowhere to purchase on the boat or island.
      Written 12 January 2023
    • J8197VDrobh
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very interesting and scenic trip
      An authentic explanation of what the experience would be was provided and the boat driver/guide (Shaun) was excellent.
      Written 7 January 2023
    • br0nski
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      No food and poor communication
      Cruise was nice. Waited 15 minutes and to the 1hr cruise and decided to ask for the complimentary drink and cheese board as advertised. I was abruptly and rudely told service was on a rotary system which I assume customers are expected to know as there was no communication on this. So off I went and patiently waited. After a while a person came around and asked for our drink order. We then waited and waited for the cheeseboard but nothing came. After 30 minutes went back and asked when we might received the food but was told all the food had gone and you had to come down to some particular table for this. Incredibly poor communication.
      Written 2 January 2023
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    Evy Coke
    Wellington, New Zealand86 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2021
    This was a relaxing cruise on a fine day with calm water and great views. There was just the right amount of passengers to make it convivial without overcrowding. The guide Bronnie was very friendly and knowledgeable and put a lot of effort into making people comfortable. There are also great views from the top of the island, but the walk can take a while if your mobility is limited. So if that’s you, it might be better to relax with a cuppa and a cookie on the beach instead.
    Written 25 March 2021
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    Thanks very much for your feedback Stellar. We hope to see you again some time.
    Written 26 March 2021
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    Phillip B
    Palmerston North, New Zealand214 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well!!! What a way to enjoy a few hours relaxtion. Did a lake cruise with my wife, an aunt and uncle and one of my cousins. We all enjoyed this cruise. Skipper Tim pilots the boat and Bronie provides a great commentary. Then Bronie takes you up to the top of the island for more great views and photo opportunities. Then back on board for a drink and biscuit with the return sailing back to Wanaka. A really professionally and friendly run cruise. A big thanks to Tim for upgrading us from the one hour cruise.
    Written 8 April 2021
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    So glad we could share the beauty of Mou Waho Island with you and your family Phillip.
    Written 14 May 2021
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    Geneviev00
    Williamsburg, VA37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    My husband and I booked this cruise in the hopes of having a peaceful trip onto the lake as well as some time in nature. This cruise ticked all the boxes. There ended up being only about 14-16 of us on the cruise, and we were the only people there on Stevensons Island which is fairly rare I'm told. There were some on the cruise who couldn't make the walk to the top of the island, so they hung out in the shaded area on the beach. When the walk was over, we all cooled our feet in the water. It was a lovely, lovely trip and we highly recommend it.
    Written 18 February 2020
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    Lucy M
    Dorset, UK347 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Booked online, then the next day hopped on the boat, looking forward to a peaceful cruise on Lake Wanaka.

    The weather was perfect, sun, blue skies, water reflecting the sky, great visibility.

    It’s a fairly small catamaran, think there were a max of 18 of us and we all found a place to sit and enjoy the rays and tranquillity.

    After 45 mins we alighted at Stevensons Island, and followed the guide up to the top of the hill. It’s a pretty easy 15 min walk, gentle slope up, with only a couple of rocky/steepish parts that I needed a stable husband to support me with. Lovely view from the top, so worth the short hike.

    There’s a loo onboard and on the return trip we were served a cuppa and biscuits. Perfect.

    A lovely two hour excursion which l would highly recommend.
    Written 10 April 2024
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    Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,764 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022
    We did the Stevenson Island Cruise and nature walk which took around 2 hours and cost $79. You can buy tickets in the tourist shop across the road.

    Departure was from town end (Ardmore St) of Lake Wanaka.

    We travelled in a lovely Catarmaran with two friendly male staff including the skipper. There were many comfortable seats and the bar had alcoholic drinks for a reason able $5.

    The walk to the lookout point at Stevensons Island didnt take long and wasnt a difficultr walk but it was uphill arriving and downhill departing.

    Its a worthwhile cruise to do in Wanaka.
    Written 22 January 2023
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    Thanks for taking the time to write such a thorough report.
    Written 23 January 2023
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    Leeroy
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Friends
    Wow!! We had the most spectacular day to go out on our cruise it was just so beautiful our wonderful bubbly host Pavla looked after us so well sharing her knowledge of the area and making sure we had everything we needed and Captain Adam was super friendly and informative on our wee nature walk. We had the best experience highly recommend it to everyone and the staff really made it a extra special experience, great work team! We’ll be back. Thanks again :)
    Written 24 January 2020
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    Thanks a lot Leeroy. I'll be sure to pass your comments on to the crew.
    Written 29 January 2020
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    bookwormKarin
    Biel, Switzerland216 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Friends
    A wonderfully relaxing cruise on a beautiful ship. The guide was a little too fast for my liking (it was hard for some of the group memembers to keep up with him), but he was very knowledgeable on the flora and fauna of the island. There were even tea and busicuits on the way back to Wanaka. On the whole, a very enjoyable way to discover more about the lake and its islands.
    Written 17 April 2024
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    764delwynb
    Mount Maunganui, New Zealand63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2023 • Family
    Weather was perfect - sea was very calm. Our sea captain and tour guide were very friendly and knowledgeable. Idyllic 45 minute trip each way to the island, with time on the island for a comfortable walk to a lookout.
    Drink and biscuits were supplied on the way back to the marina
    Written 13 November 2023
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    Jennifer L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great cruise to relax. Had an educational session about the history of the Stevenson Island and how weka was wiped out by stouts. Tim was great, patient with the kids and friendly. Our family was the only one onboard which gave us all the freedom around the catamaran. Highly recommend if you want to have an enjoyable relaxing and ride and a short walk in Stevenson Island. On top of that, the view was great even though it was a little overcast.
    Written 9 November 2021
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    Michael A
    Shell Cove, Australia63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2019
    My wife and I joined another group of passengers with Tim as the Captain, for our cruise to Stevenson's Island on Lake Wanaka. It was a lovely, relaxing cruise, taking in the scenery as we made our way to Stevenson's Island. The trip over to the island was smooth, taking into the beautiful backdrop of the snow covered peaks.Once you reach the island you go for a short easy walk to a spot where you look over the shrubs below. Tim gives you a history and well informed commentary. On the cruise tea, coffee or hot chocolate is offered, whilst alcohol and soft drinks are available for purchase. An excellent way to spend a relaxing afternoon on the lake.
    Written 9 September 2019
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