November 20th, 2014 / posted by paularath
At the very top of Mou Waho Island is Arethusa Pool. A bit steep to get to, but so worth it!

At the very top of Mou Waho Island is Arethusa Pool. A bit steep to get to, but so worth it!

The weather cleared enough to enable us to go out onto Lake Wanaka and on to the tiny island of Mou Waho, which has a little lake inside it – so it’s essentially a lake on an island in a lake on an island. It happened because, 10,000 – 15,000 years ago, a glacier moved along and left this phenomenon behind.

The island affords amazing views of Lake Wanaka. It is also a nature preserve and our guide, Andy, taught us so much about the flora and fauna and birds of the island. He also planted a tree there. His company believes a tree must be planted on Mou Waho every time they visit.

Mao Waho Andy tree

 

When we arrived on the island I was afraid the hiking was going to be a bit treacherous. I have an easy time hiking up but the down can scare me. Although steep, the trail was not treacherous. Just a really good workout!

Mou Waho boat

he view from the top of Mou Waho island.

The view from the top of Mou Waho island.

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