Day 8: Wanaka
Today is your chance to explore one of the most beautiful towns in the southern lakes region with plenty of activities to tempt every lover of the outdoors.
Included today – a visit to Mou Waho Island. Accessible only by boat from Wanaka and famous for being home to an (unnamed) island, in a lake (Arethusa Pool), on an island (Mou Waho), in a lake (Lake Wanaka), on an island (the South Island) in the ocean (the Pacific). Sounds complicated, but once you are there it will all make sense! Mou Waho Island is also a predator-free reserve with a natural glacial-formed lake at its summit. On Mou Waho you can see the rare flightless Buff Weka (extinct on New Zealand’s mainland since 1920) and the Mountain Stone Weta.
In Wanaka there are many walks, hikes and biking trails to choose from – check out the famous “Wanaka Tree” while making your way around the lake! Or, if you feel like relaxing, ask your guide to recommend their favourite secret spots to enjoy the surrounding scenery.
After a busy day checking out Wanaka, head back to the hotel and rest up for another day of exploring the sites en route to Franz Joseph.
- Mou Waho Island Cruise & Nature Walk
- Day 1: Wellington
- Day 2: Wellington to Kaikōura
- Day 3: Kaikōura to Christchurch
- Day 4: Christchurch to Ohau (via Lake Tekapo)
- Day 5: Ohau to Queenstown
- Day 6: Queenstown
- Day 7: Queenstown to Wanaka
- Day 8: Wanaka
- Day 9: Wanaka to Franz Josef
- Day 10: Franz Josef
- Day 11: Franz Josef to Christchurch
- Day 12: Christchurch