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Queenstown Lake Cruise - Southern Discoveries

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Address: St Omer Wharf, | 110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
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Cruise spectacular Lake Wakatipu on the Queenstown Discovery. See the...

Cruise spectacular Lake Wakatipu on the Queenstown Discovery. See the towering Remarkables mountain range, Cecil Peak and the Frankton Arm. The Queenstown Lake Cruise focuses on the history, local legends and stunning vistas. Be greeted in Maori and enjoy the 'sound of silence' at Kelvin Heights, five main photo stops and two 360 degree turns for uninterrupted views. This cruise also includes free admission to the Queenstown Underwater observatory and complimentary tea & coffee.

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Lovely Lake Cruise

This 90 minutes lake voyage is a must do if you're visiting Queenstown. It's a great activity for couples, family with children, or if you want to enjoy your own company. On this... read more

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This 90 minutes lake voyage is a must do if you're visiting Queenstown. It's a great activity for couples, family with children, or if you want to enjoy your own company. On this trip, you can expect to see amazing views & many modern and stylish buidings. I also think the price was reasonable (compare to other attractions around here).... More 

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High Point, NC
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113 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Did this cruise as an alternative to the very expensive LOTR half day tours. The cruise itself is very enjoyable with super friendly staff and a coffee/tea/hot chocolate included. The tour goes across the lake to the Mt. Nicholas Farm (and you can include a stop at the farm for an additional fee-see Southern Discoveries tour page) and back with... More 

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Durango, Colorado, USA
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119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great captain that gave us a wonderful history of the area. It was a wonderful leisure but educational tour.

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

such a great trip! was greeted by super friendly staff at the Southern Discoveries centre. Rode from Mt Nicholas to Walter Peak, they give you 90 mins to do it in which is plenty of time (including stopping for pictures along the way) lovely BBQ lunch at the farm, sit outside if the weather is nice. rewarded ourselves with a... More 

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Roseville, California
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Went on cruise as alternative activity because it was raining. Commentary was good, but too much time was spent in the canal area. Would have been better on nicer day. Wish it was shorter.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Southern discoveries were an excellent company to do this with. Very helpful in the office and pleasant on the boat. The boat was modern and comfortable. Plenty viewing space outside and seats inside. The commentary was 'live' and entertaining. This boat went further up the lake than some other trips

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Wellington, New Zealand
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We did the 11am cruise on Saturday and there wasn't many people on board. Such a shame, however good for those that were on board ie very spacious & peaceful, etc. The staff were pleasant. Wish it was a sunny and hot day. It was a little cool sitting outside on the deck. Two of the bean bags need topping... More 

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Bowie, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Cruising the Lake Wakatipu waters was a relaxing experience, with unimaginable beauty all around. The Captain was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was a nice orientation to the surrounding islands, mountains and waters of Queenstown.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Awesome boat and relaxing trip enjoying the sights that Queenstown lakes have to offer. Captain allowed you to visit him and the boat has a comfortable downstairs deck and upstairs deck is open. Great for getting those pictures of the local scenery.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

We did the short 1 hour 15 minute cruise on the lake and it was very enjoyable and good value for 29 dollars. I was glad I had a fleece with me as it was a bit breezy.

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