Lake Wakatipu Scenic Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown

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Lake Wakatipu Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown

From US$35.93

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Sightseeing cruise Lake Wakatipu
  • Live commentary on board
  • Restroom on board
  • Food and Drinks - available for purchase
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

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.

Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Lake Wakatipu (Pass By)

The Remarkables Ski Area (Pass By)

Lake Wakatipu (Pass By)

Southern Discoveries - Mt Nicholas Farm Experience (Pass By)

Glenorchy (Pass By)

Coronet Peak Ski Resort (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise of your country of origin at the time of booking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Service animals allowed
  • Interpretation handouts are available in the following languages: Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, German, Spanish, French and Russian.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Beautiful views of the snow capped mountains and a smooth, relaxing boat cruise. The staff were friendly and I enjoyed having cups of tea along the journey.


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Chilled Cruise
Jasmiah_K, Sept 2023
Amazing scenery. Chilled and relaxed. Staff was friendly. The cruise is definitely a beautiful way to see other parts of Queenstown.
Nice, relaxing cruise on the lake
Desiree_S, Sept 2023
This was a very nice little cruise ride around beautiful lake Wakatipu. The boat itself is very spacious and clean and there is a cafeteria with full service on board.
Relaxing and enchanting!
Harshita_M, Aug 2023
I was looking for a relaxing evening cruise with my partner. This 1-2 hour evening cruise was relaxing and comfortable. We saw plenty of beautiful sights and had the opportunity to go to the front of the shop for added thrill.
Great ride!
Salome_P, Aug 2023
The scenery around Lake Wakatipu was beautiful and very peaceful. The scenic ride was smooth & relaxing.
Highly Recommended
Steven_P, Aug 2023
highly recommend, bit overcast on the day but still a nice relaxing couple of hours on the water, captain was great at commentary too!
Very comfortable....
Gabriel_I, Aug 2023
Very comfortable. And it was not busy, lots of space for yourself. Friendly staff. Nice view. Highly recommended
Fun cruise!
Krista_T, Aug 2023
Very nice scenic cruise around the lake. I was looking for something to do that was cheap and relatively short before an afternoon flight, and I'm very happy I went with this tour. I learned a lot about the area, and despite not having the best weather, we still have beautiful views. Very nice café on board as well. I would definitely recommend.
Awesome 👌
Kritsana_T, Aug 2023
I touched the snow mountain fortress and beautiful natural. I can say in one word that it's Awesome 👌 👏 👍
Great Lake Tour
Lynette_G, Jul 2023
Definitely a must do activity if you have 2 hrs to spare! The crew and Captain Roy made the trip so fun and interesting.
Relaxing trip
Wendy_N, Jul 2023
Relaxing trip with beautiful scenery, well worth doing. Quite a windy day but you couldn't tell as it was quite a smooth trip.
Shinning winter day
ELISIO_E, Jul 2023
The scenic landsacpe of the snowed mountains around the lake was realy amazing experience!! The taste of cheese and wine combined perfectly with the wonderful whether.
Great Lake Tour
Edward_P, Jul 2023
Great lake tour on a rainy afternoon. The boat was a fully enclosed catamaran that provided fast travel out and back along the main east-west leg of Lake Wakatipu. I was originally attracted to the old glamour of the paddle wheel boat, but on a cold, rainy winter afternoon, the catamaran was an excellent choice. We saw more lake shore and had a smoother, warmer ride than our other options. Captain and crew were polite and efficient. They provided quality English audio descriptions of the major attractions along the route.
Holiday fun🎉
Rahapa_R, Jul 2023
Kia ora ra, mokopuna & I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise on Lake Wakatipu, nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa 🤩🫶🎉
Beautiful views of the...
joanne_b, Jun 2023
Beautiful views of the snow capped mountains and a smooth, relaxing boat cruise. The staff were friendly and I enjoyed having cups of tea along the journey.
Good Value
sharon_s, Jun 2023
The comentary was informative and the menu on board was very good. The viewing windows down stairs were very large which provided a great lookout if the weather was bad.
Lovely cruise around the...
Michelle_C, Jun 2023
Lovely cruise around the lake with mutilple opportunities to take scenic photos of the gorgeous area. the staff were super helpful and yummy food..
Great views
Dildar_S, Jun 2023
This is the far best cruise trip I went to. The views were breathtaking. Definitely recommend and come back if visiting Queenstown next time.
Amazing! Absolutely breathtaking
Steph_B, Jun 2023
Amazing tour for a great price. I didn’t get the meal option but food was offered on board. I ordered a lasagna and a juice for about 20$ not bad at all. The views were breathtaking. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a nice afternoon cruise.
Tranquility at its best
Jason_S, Jun 2023
The silence in the middle of the lake was deafening. The mountains covered in snow added to a fantastic cruise.
Lake leisure
Sandy_S, Jun 2023
The catamaran itself was fabulous, I did the wine and cheese lunch cruise which was lovely. Weather was cold but sunny, cheese platter was amazing! Staff were welcoming and friendly and the commentary was fantastic, full of so many interesting facts about the region. Overall it was such a great day and I 💯 would recommend it to everyone. Next time Im visiting Queenstown I will definitely do it again. Loved it.

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