Come explore one of Lake Wanaka's best kept secrets; Mou Waho Island. Combine the sense of adventure riding your own jet ski and the beauty of the remote island of Mou Waho for the ultimate adventure.


Where is Mou Waho Island and why should you visit? For starters it is perhaps one of the most unique lake islands anywhere in New Zealand. Commonly referred to as the the island, in a lake, in an island, in a lake, in an island in the ocean! Sounds confusing right? Put simply, as part of our Mou Waho Jet Ski Tour we visit the hidden lake; Arethusa pool which sits atop the island after a 20-minute hike.

At the island summit we have a perfect view of the whole island above the Arethusa Pool, 360-degree views of Lake Wanaka and surrounding mountain views; the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park.

Our tour includes around 90 minutes on the island itself taking in this nature reserve. Managed by Department of Conservation the island has been cleared of introduced pests such as rats, stoats and possums, thus making it a 'safe' area for the native birdlife to live and breed including native birdlife like the New Zealand falcon, wood pigeon and buff weka.

The most common way to get to Mou Waho is by boat however this doesn't include the thrill and adventure of driving your own Jet Ski exploring on the way.

Due to Mou Waho Island's location we require any driving to have jet skiing experience and be confident in water. If it is your first-time jet skiing please see our 1 hour jet ski tours.



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Driving Age

The minimum age to drive our Jet Skis is 18 years. We do have options for drivers between 16-18, if they have a passenger over 18.

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Water Confidence

You must be confident floating in the water to join our jet ski tours. They is a chance you could fall off your ski and must not panic.

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Your tour is made of 210 minutes on Lake Wanaka itself. Please allow 3.5 hrs for the experience as you do need to go through a safety briefing.

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We run 3 Jet Skis per tour plus our guide. Each of our Jet Skis have a maximum capacity of 2 people and a maximum combined weight of 230kgs.

Before you arrive

Departure Point:

The Wanaka Wharf 100 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Please check-in 15 minutes prior to departure at our Lakeland Wanaka beachfront trailer

We provide:

  • 120 minute exciting and scenic tour of Lake Wanaka plus 60 minutes exploring Mou Waho Island
  • Historical and geographical commentary
  • Life Jackets
  • Operation instructions
  • Storage for smaller items
  • Latest Jet Skis

What to bring

  • Sunglasses (recommended all year round)
  • Cameras (especially phones), as there will be opportunities for photos - however all electronics are carried at your own risk  
  • Clothing that can get wet and suitable for the weather (A windbreaker or waterproof jacket is recommended on cooler days) - when in doubt, please bring extra layers

No Availability?

If there is no availability online and that is the only time you can go, please join the waitlist or get in touch by email or phone and we will do our best to try and let you know of any cancellations or if we can accommodate in any other way.


How old do I have to be to drive a jet ski?

To drive our jet skis you need to be 18 years of age. However if you are 16 or over plus accompanied by a guardian over the age of 18 years you can drive the Jet ski with them behind you as a passenger.

What do I wear/bring?

We suggest you wear appropriate clothing for the conditions. Be prepared for wind chill so wear long sleeves and be pre getting your feet wet. Remember to wear sunscreen. For the 3.5 hour Mou Wahu tour bring some suitable walking shoes for the 30 minute walk on the island.

How many people can go on the Jet ski tour?

Each jet ski can sit two people and there are 3 skis available for each tour so a total of six can come on the tour. 

What is the minimum age for a passenger?

Recommended 8 years old, the passenger must be able to hold on by themselves behind the driver. 

Do I need experience?

Prior Jet Ski experience is required for Mou Waho jet ski Tour due to its location and frequent weather changes, our guides will still give you an induction on how to drive the Jet ski and will be with you throughout the tour.

Can I bring a camera?

Yes you can bring a camera, The jet ski will have a waterproof pocket to store some belongings such as a camera or phone, we can store other valuables in a secure box in the Lakeland trailer.


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