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Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown

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Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Enjoy unobstructed views of the Remarkables and the Southern Alps during a catamaran cruise on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. Cruise accross the lake, stopping at Bob’s Cove to soak up the views from New Zealand's longest lake. Listen to the captain’s entertaining commentary about the natural landmarks and wildlife as you relax indoors or on the outdoor decks. You have a selection of morning and afternoon cruises to choose from.
  • Sightseeing cruise on Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown
  • Marvel at breathtaking views of Mt. Earnslaw, Bob's Cove, Cecil Peak, Mt. Nicholas, and the Remarkables mountain range
  • Listen to informative and entertaining commentary provided by the local skipper
  • Travel by catamaran with large viewing windows, warm indoor seating, and spacious outdoor decks with panoramic views
  • Visit and chat to the skipper in in the open wheelhouse if you choose
  • Refresh with a hot or cold beverage or snack available for purchase in the onboard cafe
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Sightseeing cruise Lake Wakatipu
Live commentary on board
Restroom on board
Food and Drinks - available for purchase
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre , St Omer Wharf 110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Departure Point: Southern Discoveries Queenstown Visitor Centre Address: St Omer Wharf, 110 Beach Street, Queenstown

This activity will end right where it started.
Glacier-carved Lake Wakatipu is renowned as New Zealand’s longest lake, and its depths reach 1,300 feet (400 meters). This leisurely cruise boasts dramatic views of the surrounding Remarkables mountains, which provide a constant backdrop to the sparkling blue waters.

Board your catamaran at the downtown pier in Queenstown in the morning or early afternoon. Enjoy ample time on Lake Wakatipu, which you may recognize as the film set for the Lothlórien scenes in 'The Lord of the Rings' series.

You may not see any Middle-earth elves here, but your captain highlights the wildlife and native flora. Peer out the large viewing windows, lounge on the outdoor decks, or join the captain in the wheelhouse to learn about atmospheric pressures that cause the lake’s water level to rise, which Maori legend says is the heartbeat of a giant who lies asleep in the lake’s depths.

The vessel crosses to the western shore, stopping en route at Bob's Cove. Soak up magnificent views toward Glenorchy, Mt. Earnslaw, and the Southern Alps. You can purchase beverages and snacks at the onboard cafe before returning to the starting point in Queenstown.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre
Your experience starts here - Check in with friendly staff 15 minutes before your scheduled cruise departure and get ready for your journey.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Lake Wakatipu
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.
Pass By:  
The Remarkables Ski Area
Enjoy Stunning Views of Southern Alps and Remarkables Mountain Range
Pass By:  
Lake Wakatipu
Marvel at the spectacular sights of Mt Earnslaw & the Earnslaw glacier as you cruise past the Southern Alps.
Pass By:  
Southern Discoveries - Mt Nicholas Farm Experience
Cruise by this high country sheep station. Check out the working woolshed located near the shoreline. Mt Nicholas High Country Farm is one of New Zealand's largest sheep stations and produces wool for Icebreaker clothing.
Pass By:  
Glenorchy
Enjoy stunning views up the lake towards Glenorchy, Mt Earnslaw and the Southern Alps. Take panoramic photos from our open-top viewing deck
Pass By:  
Coronet Peak
As you cruise back into Queenstown bay you can enjoy a view towards Coronet Peak.
  • 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.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Southern Discoveries
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown.

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star-5
Awesome Experience
Amber_W
, Jun 2022
This trip was well worth the price. Great experience. Lots of good informative on-board commentary and history of the area. Good food and service. We were able to walk atound on the boat finding the best spots for taking photos.
star-5
Must do! Keep warm!
Toa_J
, Jun 2022
Awesome View!! Beautiful!! Suggest you wear beanie scarf hoodie and a warm jacket on top even warm pants. Its cold out on the cruise but loved it
star-5
Breathing taking.
Tahaana_V
, May 2022
Would so recommend this cruise. Absolutely amazing. You won’t be disappointed. The views were just breath taking. We didn’t even want to me leave.
star-5
Friendly, comfortable cruise
Vikash_S
, May 2022
Friendly service and staff. Cruise was on time and ran to schedule. Great coverage of the lake with appropriate commentary. On board Cafe is a wonderful touch.
star-4
Despite the rain which...
judith_k
, May 2022
Despite the rain which added an ambience I had a lovely time. Tgecwine and cheeseboard was delicious. Commentary hard to hear but at least ut easn't too loud. Would reccomend.
star-5
wonderful views of the...
Sylvia_W
, Feb 2022
wonderful views of the top of the lake - memorable experience and beautiful day - would recommend it
star-5
Anniversary
Delwyn_G
, Jan 2022
Staff were absolutely amazing and attentive, captain explained everything so clearly. The views were breathtaking
star-5
Great experience
Susan_T
, Jan 2022
Absolutely recommend this cruise the stunning views and friendly staff , not to mention the cheese and wine boards served was delicious
star-5
Relaxed Cruising
Ian_W
, Jan 2022
Easy relaxed atmosphere onboard with very friendly crew. The cruise was informative and gave us ideas about activities for our next stay in Queenstown. The wine and cheese was a lovely touch with a good selection of local wines and the cheese selection complimented nicely with dried fruits, olives, sundried tomatoes and pickle.
star-5
It was an amazing...
Agalelei_T
, Oct 2021
It was an amazing journey, skipper and crew members very friendly. Thanks for the lovely experience .
star-4
Awesome visit with great staff
Jimmy_C
, Jul 2021
Great views, excellent weather, well-maintained Catemaran with lovely and friendly staff and captain. Great to visit the captain whilst steering the ship!
star-5
Wakatipu holiday cruise
Kerry_E
, Jul 2021
Cool cruise on Wakatipu with great commentary and awesome scenery. Local history and other activities described well during cruise.
star-5
Fantastic great mulled wine
Sonya_W
, Jul 2021
Mulled wine Fantastic scenery great boat x would recommend anyone to take this great cheese platter and price value excellent.
star-5
What an amazing lake
Miriam_N
, Jun 2021
Although the weather wasn’t on our side all the crew did amazing trying to make it worth it for us Queenstown should be proud to live in an amazing part of the world
star-4
Lovely
Kerrie_G
, May 2021
It was lovely - very easy and spectacular views. i think it should be a bit more that if you have booked the cruise with the wine and cheese paid, then preference for a window seat should be allotted to those, then others choose the rest. Other than that, no complaints.
star-5
Excellent short trip, highly recommend
ROWENA_H
, May 2021
Relaxing and informative. An easy way to have a great look around the lake area in a short timeframe. Recommend. It is very professionally run. A great idea being able to preorder cheese platters etc.
star-5
Amazing Cruise
Steven_K
, May 2021
This was better than I had expected. The crew were really friendly and helpful and the Captain was funny and very informative. Amazing views and awesome book ride.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Beautiful scenery, friendly and helpful staff
Kylie_D
, Apr 2021
Beautiful cruise with lots of information and friendly staff. We did the cheese and wine cruise and loved it.
star-5
Very Enjoyable
Ewan_B
, Apr 2021
Great Service and well priced, thoroughly enjoyable, kid friendly and would definitely do again in the future
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Stunning Experience
Cathy_L
, Mar 2021
The most incredible stunning views. Great commentary and super friendly and helpful staff - could not have asked for a better afternoon

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