Testimonials - Eco Wanaka Adventures


Find out what our guests have been saying about our trips…

Highlight of my trip to NZ

The trip to Mou Waho Island with Eco Wanaka Adventures was one of the highlights of my trip to New Zealand. Chris is very knowledgeable and the tour feels very personal. The swim in the lake in Mou Waho Island was idyllic and one of the most special wild swims I have ever experienced. The island is beautiful. Stunning scenery. A level of fitness is required to walk up the island I highly recommend.
Cynthia H – 24 January, 2023

An amazing trip!

This was one of our highlights of our entire NZ trip! Not only was the island, the buff wekas, and the boat ride over fantastic Chris is an absolutely amazing guide. From the geology of the lake itself to the surrounding life of the island, the awareness and overall interest in New Zealand’s ecology as a whole is an obvious passion and a fascinating subject.

I would highly suggest doing this trip early on if you have never been to New Zealand before, we used the knowledge Chris gave us through the rest of the trip to be able to see everything he spoke about.
Jeff – Mar, 2023

Andy made it fun and informative

A beautiful morning. Crossed to the island and had a lovely walk around learned a lot and have taken more lovely memories home. Thanks Andy
Chris M – Mar, 2023

Rob Roy glacier – stunning hike with great guide

This is a stunning hike up the valley to the underside of Rob Roy Glacier . It’s moderate on a prepared track ( with a few steep steps ) steadily uphill mostly through lovely forest with views of the crashing river down below and mountains on the valley sides . A swing bridge takes you off the initial valley floor onto the forest path
Our guide Thierry was a nice guy , interesting , helpful and paced our walk with the terrain and distance in mind . We stopped at the head of. The track under the glacier watching waterfalls whilst he made us tea to go with a tasty packed lunch . Backpack and poles provided
andyww2018 – Jan, 2023

Exceptional Eco Tour

WOW What a day full of breathtaking scenery and educational and captivating commentary from a seasoned local who was our guide for the day. Chris took us on the Lake tour and eco adventure on the island of Mou Woha. Magnificent pristine and prehistoric environment. Chris was very caring and looked after us as though we were royalty. I did not think I had the capacity to climb to the lake at the top of the Island, but with Chris’ continued checking in, encouragement, and education on the best use of trekking poles (which he supplied) I was able to get to the lake and down again safely. A celebratory cup of tea and bikkies by the lake. Truly outstanding conservation commentary each step of the way. Chris…you are a legend!
We highly recommend Eco Wanaka Adventures Lake and Island experience for your time in Wanaka. Totally impressed. Thankyou for being the highlight of our trip.
Allyson and Gail – Oct, 2022

Must do in Wanaka!

I heard many good reviews on this excursion so I was really excited to join this excursion. And it really exceeded my expectation! Chris was such a fantastic guide, really passionate and knowledgeable about Wanaka’s nature and animals. We learned a lot from Chris about the beautiful landscape, the wekas as well as the wetas. The trek was breath taking and there are always some little surprises along the way. We all enjoyed our time with Chris and wished it was longer! In my opinion, this is really a highlight and a must do in Wanaka!
Mei Yun Cheong, May 23, 2019

Incredible Experience

Very informative and entertaining guide. Unforgettable scenery and close encounters with Weka were amazing.
Kathryn Riessen, May 12, 2019

Great day! I would highly recommend Eco Wanaka Adventures.

A wonderfully informative nature walk on the island of Mou Waho. Our Guide, Craig, was very knowledgeable about birds, mammals and vegetation on the island. It is not an easy hike for older folks, but most did just fine. Lovely viewpoint at the top. Weka come right up to you as you enjoy tea and cookies part way to the top. Well worth the time and the money. Our boat driver, Chris, did an excellent job also.
Debra Breen, Feb 12, 2019


Had an absolutely fabulous Heli/Hike. Worth every single penny for sure. Chris Riley was amazing! Even brought Hot tea, coffee, cookies, cakes etc. one of my favorite days ever….and I’m old!
Jacqueline Monk, Jan 19, 2018

Fabulous time at Mou Waho island and Alpine Lakes hike!

…In the afternoon, I set off on an Alpine Lakes heli hike which was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I’d had some doubts if I was physically up to the hike but ironically I found it a little easier than Mou Waho. One of the highlights was seeing a Kea bird in the wild. My excellent guide, Petrina, said she would love to see a photo of the bird soaring over us if I had one that came out well so I am attaching one to this review in hopes that she will get to see it. The entire excursion was absolutely amazing as it felt like we were miles away from civilization as we walked along the mountains that seemed like they were on top of the world. Words can’t even convey how magical the afternoon felt. It was expensive but absolutely worth the price.
I cannot recommend Eco Wanaka highly enough. If I should ever be in the area again, I hope I can take the Misty Mountains heli hike.
Dec 2018

Wonderful hike

My family and I really enjoyed the Misty Mountains Heli-Hike. We saw wonderful scenery, got to recreate the walking path from some of the movies, and even spotted a couple of Keas! Great experience – highly recommended.
Andrew Certain, Jan 03, 2018



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