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Queenstown Lake Cruise


Step aboard the Queenstown Discovery for an hour an a half cruising on the beautiful Lake Wakatipu. Relax and take in the spectacular scenery while your Kiwi guide talks you through key points of interest including interesting local history and Maori legends.

The Queenstown Discovery is a stable catamaran with indoor and outdoor seating including a great top deck for viewing. We keep numbers limited to allow our Kiwi skipper to interact, answer your questions and provide inside information on the local region!

Queenstown Discovery Lake Cruise features:

  • Explore the towering Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Hidden Island and Frankton Arm
  • Discover hidden waterfalls
  • Limited to 25 passengers
  • Includes two 360 degree 'turns' allowing uninterrupted 360 degree viewing of Queenstown Harbour and Frankton Arm/Remarkables
  • FREE: Tea & Coffee

Departures: 10.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm (4.00 pm operates 1 Dec – 31 Mar) daily from Queenstown Main Town Pier, Marine Parade.

Duration: 1hr 15min

Price: $29 Adults / $20 Child

Cruise subject to weather conditions and minimum passenger numbers. Trips cancelled by Southern Discoveries due to weather will be refunded in full

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Siobhan Teviotdale from New Zealand wrote on 30 April 2017

Lake Cruise

Had a fabulous day on the lake doing the Lake Cruise with Southern Discoveries. Learned alot of things about Queenstown from the Captain - Steven. He also took a couple of great pics of my partner and i with a stunning view behind us! - would definatly recommend this trip to other tourists travelling around queenstown. :)

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Baljit from New Zealand wrote on 16 April 2017


The first cruise didn't go because of rain. But they upgraded to another one. Which one was great. Had good fun and great sightseeing

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Gervald Frykman from United Kingdom wrote on 15 March 2017

Family cruise

Good value. "Interesting" ladder to get up onto the top deck!

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Sharrukina from Australia wrote on 09 March 2017

A lake with a view

I recommend this cruise highly. The captain was a very knowledgeable lovely fellow Aussie who informed us about many things regarding the lake. He even pulled up a bucket of fresh water from the lake stating we should try it. It was a very lovely and raw experience. There was tea, coffee and hot chocolate served on the cruise too and considering it was a rare cold day in summer, it helped warm us up. I recommend this cruise because it's not highly populated with tourists and I like a cosy personal atmosphere where you get to speak to other fellow travellers.

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Shaheen Khan from New Zealand wrote on 28 February 2017

Queenstown Lake Cruise

Just Amazing. The skipper know his stuff. Get to learn some interesting facts about the lake and its surrounds. Will highly recommend this to any visitor.

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