Lake Wakatipu Catamaran Cruise From Queenstown

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Enjoy exploring New Zealands 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.

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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.

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.

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 lakes water level to rise and fall about 5 inches (12 centimeters) every few minutes. A Maori legend says that the waters changing levels stem from the heartbeat of a giant who lies asleep in the lakes 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 Lothlrien 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.

Inclusions for Lake Wakatipu Catamaran Cruise From Queenstown

  • Sightseeing cruise Lake Wakatipu
  • Live commentary on board
  • Free tea and coffee

Exclusions for Lake Wakatipu Catamaran Cruise From Queenstown

  • Food and Drinks - available for purchase
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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.

Not wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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7 Traveler Reviews

  • This tour was amazing awesome views smooth sailing very interesting information tour guide the complimentry coffee i enjoyed nice assortment of snacks and drinks highly recommend would definitely do a repeat.

  • Unfortunately the weather wasn't on our side but still a very enjoyable trip

  • Nice and wonderful site seeing

  • This was a wonderful way to see the lake and The Remarkables, We didn't do the farm tour, but if we had kids with us I wold definitely suggest that. Good info given by the captain

  • This trip was fantastic! I will for ever remember every beautiful image! Great boat and the staff and skipper were great! I Highly recommend this tour!

  • Very relaxing. Excellent commentary and staff. The catamaran was well maintained and very clean.

  • The view was good

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