Wanaka 4x4 Explorer The Ultimate Lake And Mountain Adventure

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Departure daily at 9am & 1pm
  • Return Details :
    Meeting point at the Wanaka Water Taxi boat on the bigger jetty in the Wanaka Marina on Lakeside Rd.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

The Ultimate Lake and Mountain Adventure
Wanakas boat and 44 tour brings you the best of both worlds with views from the lake and land looking over remote islands and National Parks. From start to finish we are off the beaten path, no people, truly remote, truly stunning. The best place to enjoy the views and your gourmet picnic!
The 4 hour tour departs from the Wanaka Marina and includes a 20 minutes boat ride to and from the base of Mt. Burke where you and your guide board our 4x4.

Know More about this tour


We will meet you on the jetty of the Wanaka Marina on Lakeside Road. Parking is very limited in the marina and not allowed on the graveled area. You can drive past the marina and park on the left side of Lakeside Rd once it turns up the hill. Or walk from the town center.
Wanakas boat and 44 tour brings you the best of both worlds with views from the lake and land looking over remote islands and the National Park. From start to finish we are off the beaten path, no people, truly remote, truly stunning.Your trip starts by boating up Lake Wanaka towards the head of Stevensons arm with tremendous views of glacier carved mountains, a constantly changing vista of steep walls and alpine peaks. We cruise past Stevensons Island to our landing point at the foot of Mt Burke.Boarding our 44 Vehicle we climb above the lake, your view expands until all of Lake Wanaka lays before you in a stunning panorama of crystal clear blue water and the alpine peaks of Mount Aspiring National Park.Take some time to enjoy the solitude and enjoy the best view in Wanaka! Your guide will give you an insight into the history of the farm station and the geology of the Alps and some of the stories of the early settlers while you enjoy your gourmet picnic.

Itinerary:


We will meet you on the jetty of the Wanaka Marina on Lakeside Road. Parking is very limited in the marina and not allowed on the graveled area. You can drive past the marina and park on the left side of Lakeside Rd once it turns up the hill. Or walk from the town center.
Wanaka’s boat and 4×4 tour brings you the best of both worlds with views from the lake and land looking over remote islands and the National Park. From start to finish we are off the beaten path, no people, truly remote, truly stunning. Your trip starts by boating up Lake Wanaka towards the head of Stevenson’s arm with tremendous views of glacier carved mountains, a constantly changing vista of steep walls and alpine peaks. We cruise past Stevenson’s Island to our landing point at the foot of Mt Burke. Boarding our 4×4 Vehicle we climb above the lake, your view expands until all of Lake Wanaka lays before you in a stunning panorama of crystal clear blue water and the alpine peaks of Mount Aspiring National Park. Take some time to enjoy the solitude and enjoy the best view in Wanaka! Your guide will give you an insight into the history of the farm station and the geology of the Alps and some of the stories of the early settlers while you enjoy your gourmet picnic.

Inclusions

  • Small-group tour, max of 5 per vehicle
  • Exclusive acces to Mt. Burke Station
  • Driver/guide
  • Return boat trip.
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Gourmet Picnic
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Public transportation options are available nearby

Infants are required to sit on an adults lap

Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.

Please advise with your choice of picnic.

There are no toilets on this tour.

Please dress appropriately, it can be colder on the mountain so bring a jacket.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 01-May-2023

    We recently had the pleasure of taking a 4X4 & boat tour with Skipper Krystal, and Guide Charlie, and we cannot recommend this experience highly enough! Krystal's boating expertise was truly impressive - we felt completely safe and secure the entire time as she expertly navigated and showed us the most stunning sights. Charlie, our Guide, was equally impressive. Not only was he incredibly knowledgeable about the area and its history, but he also had a great senses of humour and kept us all entertained throughout the tour. He pointed out interesting landmarks and wildlife along the way, and even shared some insider tips. Together, Krystal and Charlie made for an unforgettable experience. We came away feeling like we had not only learned a lot, but also had a lot of fun along the way. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a unique and informative way to explore the area. Thank you, Skipper Krystal and Guide Charlie for a truly memorable experience!

  • 25-Apr-2023

    Superb experience of this beautiful region that I highly recommend :-) Perfect for those who are more sedate or limited for time.

  • 09-Apr-2023

    We had a lovely boat ride out to Mt Burke Station with Kyrstle driving the boat and Charlie doing the commentating. Arrived and hopped into the very comfortable 4x4. Charlie was an excellent driver and full of lots of local knowledge. The views are out if this world and the picnic lunch perfect. Thanks for the best day on my birthday!

  • 04-Apr-2023

    Both the cruise across the lake and the 4wd excursion up the mountain, plus the tour guide’s excellent knowledge and personality made for a memorable experience, not to mention the lovely picnic lunch and local wine.

  • 02-Apr-2023

    All we can say is WOW!!! This is an excellent tour to do. It is small, very personal and Crystal and Charlie are wonderful. You start the day with a water taxi to Mt Bourke station on Lake Wanaka and you then hop in the 4x4 with Charlie and start the steep ascent up to the top of Mt Bourke station, where he prepares a lovely morning tea of coffee, cakes and fruit for you, complete with folding chairs to take in the views, which are spectacular. He stops along the way and explains what you are looking at and nothing is too much trouble. Watch out and give way to the sheep crossing. You then descend back down to the waiting water tax and back to Wanaka. We also combined it with Wanaka Mou Waho in the afternoon at the suggestion of Crystal and I will leave a review of this on this site as well. It was excellent. All in all a very good day and well worth ever penny.

  • 08-Mar-2023

    What an unforgettable unique experience this was! Best value tour we have done in Wanaka. Krystle and Steve were the perfect informative guides to show us these panoramic views of this area. A small group, perfect day plus happy hour with NZ wines, delicious platter and laughs added to the afternoon! Highly recommend this option!

  • 04-Mar-2023

    We loved this adventure around Wanaka! The trip and experience exceeded expectations and our guides were the best! We took the tour on a Saturday afternoon and left the marina promptly with just our party of 4. The high-speed water taxi transfer to the sheep station was a great way to see a corner of the lake where you wouldn’t normally be able to travel without a boat. The tour up the sheep station was exhilarating as we climbed 700m in elevation over a very short distance. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the region and even though we have traveled to Wanaka several times, we still picked up a bunch of new history. After several stops along the way, we had a beautiful picnic that was considerately planned for dietary requirements (they texted the morning of the tour to confirm any food requests) and our two children. All in all, it was a very lovely experience and one that we would highly recommend for families with younger children that might not be able to easily hike into some of the higher elevation trails around Wanaka. Our photos and memories of the trip will be cherished for many years.

  • 04-Mar-2023

    Just back from water taxi and 4x4 explorer trip. A real highlight of our trip NZ. Charlie and Krystel looked after us well and we saw spectacular sights.

  • 17-Feb-2023

    For det første var vejret fremragende, men bedst af alt Cristel og Steve. Cristel, kaptajn ud og hjem, smilende og interesseret. Steve kørte os op af bjerget, sikkert, og konstant med et smil på læben og sjove kommentarer. Meget vidende om stederne, en rigtig rar fyr, dejlig at tale med og helt igennem professionel. Der blev serveret ost, frugt, vin og kiks, en lækker lille snack Kan varmt anbefales❤️

  • 16-Feb-2023

    What a wonderful trip. We were met at the jetty by Krystle and Charlie and went by boat to pick up the 4 x 4. We then drove up the mountain. The views in every direction were jaw dropping. Charlie gave us considerable background information as we drove upwards. We then stopped and Charlie laid out a wonderful picnic of wine and cheese, crackers, chutney, olives and lovely fruit. Finally we returned back to the lake to be met by Krystal. We booked this trip at the last minute and we were so glad that we did. It really was a wondeful excursion and we would recommend it very highly.

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