Mou Waho Island

January 7th, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

We’d heard about Mou Waho Island, as it has a lake within the island which has islands within that lake. Or to put it more clearly there is an island in a lake (Arethusa Pool)  in an island (Mou Waho) in a lake (Wanaka) in an island (South Island) in the ocean!

It is around 20 kms from Wanaka, which is far too far to kayak. You can do guided tours but they costs $150 to $200 a head. We just arranged a boat trip out and back for $400 in total which worked out excellent value.


Heading out on Lake Wanaka.


Mou Waho Island ahead. Took just 35 minutes, and brilliant views along the way.


Landing at the beach area.


Tea Party Girl, Romeo and Juliet at the landing. The temperature was sweltering at close to 35 degrees.


There is an area where you can camp. Would be a very cool place to camp for a weekend.


We then headed up to the summit. It isn’t a very long track at just over a km, but it is pretty steep as you climb around 200 metres or so via a zig zag path. When you combine it with the 35 degree heat, we were sweltering. But as you can see the views are worth it.


Then almost at the top, is the pool. It wasn’t much warmer than Lake Wanaka, but after that climb, nothing could have kept me out. Yes that is me in the water. Actually after a few minutes it warmed up quite nicely, and there is something cool about swimming in a natural pool or mini-lake at the top of an island with such scenic views.


This is the pool, from the side. Just stunning.


You then can climb a further five minutes or so to a ledge overlooking the pool. From there you get this magnificent view of the pool, and the lake beyond it. In the photo they look like they are almost at the same level, but in reality the pool is at the top of the island.

The views from the top were just unbelievable. In one direction you see snow covered mountains, in another lake views for kms on end.


Another view from up high. A perfect day with the water so still, no clouds, and so hot. Almost too hot!


They also have quite a few wekas on the island, which is in fact a nature reserve. The wekas like to try and get into your bags.

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Ruby Island

January 6th, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Seven of us decided to kayak to Ruby Island on Lake Wanaka on Saturday. It was a brilliant thing to do. Around 45 minutes each way, and a picnic lunch on the island.


This is the view from the picnic area we found on the island.


The group getting the bubbles and sandwiches out for lunch.


Tea Party Girl playing frisbee.


The view from the front of the island. Could never get sick of it.


Part of the island. It take barely 20 minutes to do a loop around it.


The view inland. Lovely clear waters.


Part of the track around the island.


Handy Girl coming into land.


It was such a hot day, a couple of us went around the lake and decided to go in for a swim. We learnt that no matter how hot the day, the water is still freezing! I lasted five minutes or so. despite the cold was a nice way to finish the day, before heading back home for drinks.

Definitely loving my Wanaka experience. Not spent much time here since I was a student and working on Cardrona Skifield.

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Wednesday Wallpaper 5 September | Autumn Reflection Lake Wanaka New Zealand

September 5th, 2012 at 11:00 am by Todd Sisson
New Zealand photos | Lake Wanaka Autumn Reflections and ripples

Golden Poplar Trees Reflected In Roys Bay, Lake Wanaka New Zealand. Photography By Sarah Sisson

Hello all and welcome to the world’s first ever KiwiBlog Wednesday Wallpaper for September (I’m sure that you will all agree that is quite the achievement….)

This week we regress to Autumn, as a nod to any Northern Hemispherical readers.  This image was made by my lovely wife Sarah, we just sent a 1 metre canvas print of this image to an Australian client this week, our little contribution to reducing balance of payments deficit 😉

Download the big version from this link:  [free iPad wallpaper] Password = freewallpaper

See you next week!

Cheers – Todd

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