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Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown

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Enjoy exploring New Zealand’s gorgeous Lake Wakatipu on a catamaran cruise from Queenstown. Surrounded by stunning mountains including the Remarkables and the Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand's longest lake and a highlight of Queenstown. Your captain provides informative commentary about the sights and wildlife around the lake as you cruise to the western shore to take in the stunning scenery. Choose from a selection of morning and afternoon cruises to fit your schedule.

What You'll Get

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Stop At: 110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Departs from St Omer Wharf, downtown Queenstown

Stop At: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown New Zealand

Your captain provides informative commentary about the landmarks and native wildlife as you cruise. You are also welcome to join the captain in the wheelhouse. Learn about atmospheric pressures that cause the lake’s water level to rise and fall about 5 inches (12 centimeters) every few minutes. A Maori legend says that the water’s changing levels stem from the heartbeat of a giant who lies asleep in the lake’s depths.

While a slumbering giant might be hard to prove, it's safe to say Elves have been here. The lake provided the setting for the Lothlórien scenes filmed for The Lord of the Rings movie.
After a leisurely cruise on Lake Wakatipu, return to the starting point in Queenstown where your tour ends.

Stop At: The Remarkables Ski Area, Queenstown New Zealand

Enjoy Stunning Views of Southern Alps and Remarkables Mountain Range

Pass By: Earnslaw Burn, Otago 9372, New Zealand

Marvel at the spectacular sights of Mt Earnslaw & the Earnslaw glacier as you cruise past the Southern Alps.

Stop At: Queenstown Lake Cruise - Southern Discoveries, St Omer Wharf, 110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9348 New Zealand

Meet at a convenient downtown location in Queenstown to board your spacious catamaran for a nearly 2-hour tour of gorgeous Lake Wakatipu in the morning or early afternoon. Carved out by an enormous glacier in the last ice age, the lake reaches depths of 1,300 feet (400 meters). Mountains surround the water, providing a dramatic backdrop to the deep blue lake.

Experience this stunning locale from your boat, which is equipped with warm indoor seating, large viewing windows and outdoor decks that offer unobstructed views from either side of the vessel. An onboard cafe serves beverages and snacks for purchase.

Pass By: Glenorchy, Glenorchy, Otago Region, South Island

Enjoy stunning views up the lake towards Glenorchy, Mt Earnslaw and the Southern Alps. Take panoramic photos from our open-top viewing deck

Stop At: Southern Discoveries - Mt Nicholas Farm Experience, St Omer Wharf, 110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300 New Zealand

Head to Mt Nicholas High Country Station, located on the western shore of the lake, with a stop at Bob's Cove to view flora and fauna up close from the boat. Soak up spectacular views looking towards Glenorchy, Mt Earnslaw, the Southern Alps and the Remarkables mountain range. Upgrade to visit this farm before embarking onto the Spirit of Queenstown Catamaran.

Duration: 10 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise of your country of origin at the time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Interpretation handouts are available in the following languages: Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, German, Spanish, French and Russian.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • Sightseeing cruise Lake Wakatipu
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entry/Admission - Queenstown Lake Cruise - Southern Discoveries

  • Food and Drinks - available for purchase
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Southern Discoveries - Mt Nicholas Farm Experience

1 hour 30 minutes

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

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