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Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown provided by Queenstown Lake Cruise - Southern Discoveries

Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown
4.5
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from $39.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks provided for travellers
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, Chinese, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, Chinese, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3960SCENIC
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Sightseeing cruise Lake Wakatipu • Live commentary on board • Restroom on board
Exclusions
Food and Drinks - available for purchase • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
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
Inclusions
Sightseeing cruise Lake Wakatipu • Live commentary on board • Restroom on board
Exclusions
Food and Drinks - available for purchase • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
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
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
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.
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    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
    See address & details
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    Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre
    Stop: 10 minutes
    Your experience starts here - Check in with friendly staff 15 minutes before your scheduled cruise departure and get ready for your journey.
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    Pass by
    Lake Wakatipu
    The Remarkables Ski Area
    Lake Wakatipu
    Southern Discoveries - Mt Nicholas Farm Experience
    Glenorchy
    Coronet Peak
  • You'll end at
    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
    See address & details
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4.5
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AmyNZ
4 contributions
A bumpy ride!
Jun 2021
Started off amazingly. Had pretty good weather and the views were stunning. Unfortunately when we crossed the lake to pick up people from the farm station things got a bit rocky. We all had to come down to the inside bit because the waves were so big and the boat was getting pushed around. The staff were a little panicked as the waves got bigger, and eventually had to take away people's food and drink in case they went flying. People had to get on the floor and crawl to the back of the boat where it was more stable. The skipper was excellent and we all got back safely, and were offered a drink on the house after we got back to the smooth part. I don't think they normally go across to the station on this cruise so it shouldn't be a problem for future customers.
Written 10 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Smaug_11
Auckland, New Zealand138 contributions
Good value
We enjoyed our lake cruise that we booked last minute. We got the cheese and wine platter which was great. The catamaran is well taken care of and in good condition. The scenary is gorgeous. Overall the trip lasts 1.5 hours. Only downside was the commentary - which was difficult to hear at times. Overall a very good experience and value for $39.
Written 28 May 2021
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Kia ora, Thank you so much for taking the time to pass on your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your cruise on Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise. We have taken your comments onboard about the commentary and will discuss further with our team. Ngā mihi,
Written 10 June 2021
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sandee
15 contributions
Weather!!
May 2021 • Couples
Unfortunately it was pouring with rain when we did this cruise so couldn't see very much but it was very relaxing and the commentary was interesting.
Written 21 May 2021
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Hi Sandee, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We're sorry to hear you missed the vies due to the weather but we're glad to hear you enjoyed the commentary. You might just have to come back and visit us on a sunny day. Ngā mihi, Ciara
Written 27 May 2021
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Lisa
4 contributions
Stunning scenery.
May 2021 • Friends
Beautiful day, stunning scenery. Very good value for money. We went with the wine & cheese option. Delicious cheese platter. Highly recommend this cruise.
Written 20 May 2021
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Kia ora Lisa, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a great review. We're so happy to hear you had a great time and we really appreciate your recommendation to future customers. Ngā mihi, Ciara
Written 27 May 2021
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Justine R
Christchurch, New Zealand12 contributions
Well worth the price.
Mar 2021 • Family
The crew are amazing, the most relaxed I've felt in ages. Kids friendly and the views are spectacular. Highly recommended xx
Written 5 April 2021
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Kia ora Justine, Thanks so much your awesome five star review. Great to hear you and your family had a great time cruising with us. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Queenstown. Ngā mihi, Southern Discoveries
Written 8 April 2021
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Ryan Hood
Christchurch, New Zealand25 contributions
Lovely way to enjoy spectacular scenery
My wife and I really enjoyed our cruise. The views are spectacular - it’s a great way to see views you don’t get from land. There was a little useful commentary, and plenty of opportunities for photos. You can have a drink or a snack on board too.
Written 16 February 2021
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Hi Ryan, thanks so much for taking the time to leave us sucha great review. Great to hear you enjoyed your Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise. We're pretty lucky on Lake Wakatipu there are amazing photo opportunities all around us. Thanks, Ciara, Southern Discoveries
Written 17 February 2021
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PBJ
Wanaka, New Zealand6 contributions
Such a good way to see the Lake Wakatipu
Feb 2021
We had a perfect experience on this cruise. Sure, the weather was extra amazing and the lake was totally calm. Yes, the skipper let our daughter drive the 26m catamaran AND wear a captain's hat. OK yeah, it was happy hour the whole time. Even without all that, the scenery was stunning and the crew was terrific. Unbeatable value.
Written 8 February 2021
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Wow what an awesome review. The scenery is stunning but we're glad you enjoyed the added extras and great to hear your daughter enjoyed her chance to drive the boat. Hopefully we'll see you guys for another cruise one day soon :) Nga mihi, Ciara
Written 8 February 2021
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Alison W
16 contributions
Simple the best
This cruise was booked the night before and was so worth it. The scenery was breathtaking. The boat super clean and the young staff were bubbly and made the trip even better. I’d take this trip anytime
Written 10 January 2021
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Thanks so much for the five star review Alison, we look forward to seeing you again one day. Nga mihi Ciara
Written 13 January 2021
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Paula J
Wellington, New Zealand39 contributions
Great cruise
Jan 2021
On yet another rainy day on our short stay in Queenstown tis was a lovely way to pass a wet afternoon.
We travelled as two couples and had purchased the wine and cheese option. Cheese board was very generous and literally took the entire 90 minute cruise for us to do it justice! A good variety of food on the platter that even kept our non-cheese eater happy.
Commentary was good and great atmosphere on board.
Written 7 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora Paula Thanks for your great review, sorry Queenstown didn't turn the sun on for you but great to hear you made the most of it and still got out to enjoy our cruise, the cheese boar has been a real hit this summer so it's great to see we have another happy customer. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Queenstown Nga mihi, Ciara
Written 13 January 2021
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Jakob Larsen
7 contributions
Nice times on the lake
Generally a great and affordable cruise on the lake. The boat and personnel was good and the views were spectacular
Written 28 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora Thanks for your review! Hope you have a fantastic time in Queenstown. Kind regards and safe travels Kerry Southern Discoveries
Written 5 January 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Carotraveller
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Fantastic!
Had a wonderful late afternoon cruise that took us out on the lake to where we could see the islands. It was a per
Looloo118
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Wow
Picturesque Views are just amazing. I cannot believe this is in NZ. A hidden gem for sure in the deep south. Lov
Shane B
Shane B
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Sail away
Last evening in Queenstown and spent in the company of this fantastic value for money lake tour. Little choppy but
wellingt0nkirby
wellingt0nkirby
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Great new perspective on Queenstown
We took the 5:15pm cruise on. Friday evening. Bought the cheese platter option. The cruise is great - 1.5 hours, in
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krissbhatti
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Cruise with Views
A wonderful day to cruise on the Lake and enjoy the views of the beautiful scenic views of Queenstown, my family ha
LittleKING-adventure
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Spirit of Queenstown Cruise
The staff on board were super friendly and also the captain who gave opportunity to take photos in the control cabi
mousekett
mousekett
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Lake cruise
Pleasant experience on a breezy day in Queenstown. I had the wine and cheese platter which was ready and waiting o
Fentonx2
Fentonx2
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Spectacular Lake Cruise!
I would thoroughly recommend this cruise when visiting Queenstown. Me and my girlfriend were greeted aboard by frie
T_Hollis83
T_Hollis83
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Stunning!
Such beautiful scenery! Entertaining commentary and super professional staff. A chilly winters day but everyone out
Johnsons890
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Disappointing
We haven’t been on the cruise yet-only booked for next month- but up to now (I’ve spoken to them 3 times) the exper
annmargaretcob
annmargaretcob
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Great experience!!
Van - 4 stars Driver - 4 stars Cruise - 4 stars Went for a few gorgeous stopovers! Driver had very good knowled
MeganD012
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Good time had by all!
Great trip. Awesome staff that were very friendly & helpful even though there were 19 of us! #southerndiscoveries #
Deb L
Deb L
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Relaxing cruise with stunning scenery!
We were lucky to strike a beautifully clear and sunny day so that definitely enhanced our experience. But weather a
dennisjA8297UM
dennisjA8297UM
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excellent experience - definitely exceeded our expectations!
We took a scenic ride across lake Wakapitu in a modern tour boat and got dropped off at a sheep farm with good moun
Pyrino
Pyrino
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Scenic outing on the lake
#SouthernDiscoveries Was contrasting weather with sun, showers,mist and rainbows. Beautiful scenery, and good co
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