Wanaka 4WD Nature Safaris & Photography Tours
We have selected our personal favorite off the beaten track soft adventure tours to ensure you experience the true character of the Wanaka and Queenstown region. From private 4WD journeys onto iconic high country farms, romantic mountain getaways, Lake Wanaka cruises and exclusive photography tours.
Allow us to treat you to our favourite places!
(prices quoted in NZ$, subject to change)
Wild Hills Safari (4WD + 2 short walks) - Recently voted one of New Zealand's Top-10 experiences by Luxury Adventures.
Experience the real Wanaka getting well off the beaten track to places inaccessible to the public. View Wanaka’s spectacular rugged high country and snow-capped mountains, all whilst traveling through a private New Zealand alpine deer farm overlooking picturesque Lake Wanaka. Enjoy 2 optional walks through alpine meadows and ancient forests or simply sit back in our comfortable 4WD Landrover and let your eyes do the walking! Duration: Allow 4 hours. Price: Adult $225. Child $125 (up to 15yrs).
Wanaka Nature Encounter (Lake Cruise + Guided Island Walk + 4WD Safari)
If you only have one day to explore Wanaka then this full-day nature encounter showcases the best of Wanaka's raw natural beauty - all yours for a day. Duration: Allow 8 hours. Price: Adult ex Wanaka $390 | Adult ex Queenstown $520 | Child ex Wanaka $240 (up to 15yrs) | Child ex Queenstown $320 (up to 15 yrs).
- Small group - max 6 per tour
- Morning boat cruise to island Nature Reserve on Lake Wanaka
- Guided walk to summit to reveal island's secret - an island on top of an island!
- Private audience with rare native birds including Weka, Bellbird, Wood pigeon and Tui
- Help the environment by planting your own native tree on the island
- Optional gourmet picnic lunch or spend free time exploring Wanaka's great cafes or restaurants (12:30 -1:30pm)
- Afternoon: Enjoy a 4WD journey exploring the private backroad's of an iconic Wanaka high country sheep, cattle and deer farm, stunning views, European heritage sites
- Enjoy a stroll through alpine meadows and ancient forests.
- leisurely afternoon-tea in the mountains
Essential Wanaka Combo (Jet-boat + Helicopter + 4WD safari)
Do it all in a day, saving you time and money! Wanaka River Journeys, Aspiring Helicopters and Ridgeline Adventures have combined to bring you an amazing day of breath-taking, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Jet boating, helicopters and four wheel driving are synonymous with the adventurous spirit of New Zealanders. Join us on this truly unique, full-day adventure set in one of the most spectacular glacier formed landscapes in the Queenstown/Wanaka region: The Matukituki Valley. Duration: Allow full day. Price: Adult $ 785, Child $ 439 (4 to 15years ), Family $2665. Private Departure $4790 for up to 5 pax, extra pax $578pp.
Wanaka Highlights Safari
This 2.5 hour journey offers Wanaka’s best scenic locations and an unique insight into Wanaka’s rich history, heritage and modern-day farming life. A must if your time in Wanaka is limited. Included is an exclusive visit to a private 30000 acre sheep cattle and deer farm, see inside a sheep-shearing shed, enjoy refreshments at our exclusive hilltop viewpoint high above Lake Wanaka. With breathtaking panoramas of snow-capped mountains this will be a highlight of your New Zealand holiday. Suitable for the whole family. Staying in Queenstown? Our good friends at Connectabus make it SO easy to come to Wanaka for the day and experience our Wanaka Highlights Safari. Price: $165 Adult, Child $110 (up to 15yrs).
Photography Tour - Enjoy landscape photography but never have the time to stop and take that perfect shot? This is the tour for you!! Capture images that will be the envy of your friends.
- Exclusive locations only available to us
- No time pressures - only photographers allowed (however we will take partners too)
- Your driver/guide is an accomplished local landscape photographer who knows the best locations, lighting conditions and happy to offer tips so you get the best from your camera
- Professional Canon lenses available for use
- Shoot scenery, farm animals, sunrise, sunset you choose, we have it all....
- Refreshments supplied - tea/coffee & cookies
- Runs on demand - Please enquire as to your specific interest and we can arrange a photography tour to suit.
Romance in the Mountains
This is the ultimate New Zealand Honeymoon or romantic experience. Imagine time alone, here, with that special someone, high above Lake Wanaka (recently voted by Life Books as one of the 10 most romantic locations in the world) A private audience with the mountains, a chilled bottle of Central Otago's finest bubbly and canapes to keep you company. This is one romantic adventure not to be missed.
- Included: Private 4WD transportation, exclusive alpine location (you will be the only ones there), a bottle of Quartz Reef bubbly and canapes. Enjoy up to 1 hour on your own.
- Duration: Allow up to 3 hours ex Wanaka
- Price: $300 per person ex Wanaka. Ex Queenstown please enquire
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Phone: +64 27 390 2152
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