1-Hour Ruby Island Cruise And Walk From Wanaka

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 1 Hr
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  • Departure Time :
    01:00 PM
  • Return Details :
    • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended • Warm jacket recommended at any time of the year
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This is the most popular cruise when time is limited, the Ruby Island Cruise is a great way to explore the outstanding scenery of Lake Wanaka, New Zealand in just over 1-Hour.
Guests will enjoy a self guided tour of the island with many incredible photo opportunities on this small-group tour. The grade is easy and suitable for children and seniors as well.

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Often called the jewel of Wanaka, Ruby is small but very photogenic. The eclectic mix of exotic and native plants adds a foreground to the colors of the lake and the mountains behind.


Often called the jewel of Wanaka, Ruby is small but very photogenic. The eclectic mix of exotic and native plants adds a foreground to the colors of the lake and the mountains behind.


  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Guided Island walk


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller

Service animals allowed

Public transportation options are available nearby

Specialized infant seats are available

Suitable for all physical fitness levels

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.

Island walk is not compulsory

Qualmark Covid Safe Certificate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 16-Jun-2023

    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.

  • 14-Jun-2023

    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 👍

  • 15-Mar-2023

    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.

  • 12-Jan-2023

    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.

  • 04-Jan-2023

    Nice boat trip…island walk and tour with guide. Was expecting to stay on island a little longer, but pleasant for value of ticket.

  • 13-Oct-2022

    Thank you so much Tim and Shaun for our awesome trip to Ruby Island. We throughly enjoyed ourselves. The wee walk to the look out was beautiful. Thanks again

  • 12-Aug-2022

    Tim the operator was very informative and friendly. Had a great time and this is a must do experience in Wanala.

  • 01-May-2022

    I had a great cruise with Tim and Bronnie, the boat was great and there was plenty of space to take in the amazing views of Lake Wanaka. Tim took us for a walk around Ruby island and taught us about the interesting history and local vegetation. I highly recommend this cruise as it gets you out on one of the most breathtaking lakes in the world. Regards Wayne

  • 14-Mar-2022

    Bronnie and Tim, thank you so much for an amazing cruise. We absolutely loved cruising out to Ruby Island with you both. Bronnie took us an a short walk, taught us so many incredibly interesting facts about the history of Ruby Island, and she was an amazing photographer, too. We highly recommend this trip to everyone. We both get seasick, but had no trouble at all. The boat is super clean, and the team super friendly. The only thing that we wished for was that the cruise not to end. We think it would be fabulous to cruise right around Ruby Island, even if it needs to cost a little more. Thanks again, Bronnie and Tim. This really was such a fabulous adventure for us both. Tarsha and Kristian 🌺

  • 07-Nov-2020

    Really impressed with this trip out to Ruby Island and the walk around the island to hear and see the history of this unique part of Lake Wanaka. Lovely boat, with guide Tim pointing out features around the lake on the way. A great way to see the shore and get a different perspective of the area.

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