Queenstown Sailing trips & boat tours

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Queenstown: Spirit of Queenstown Lake Wakatipu Scenic Cruise

1. Queenstown: Spirit of Queenstown Lake Wakatipu Scenic Cruise

Cruise farther and see more on this 1.5-hour Queenstown scenic cruise. Sit back, relax and enjoy spectacular views of the Remarkables, Bob’s Cove, Cecil Peak and Mt. Earnslaw from the comfort of the Spirit of Queenstown – an environmentally friendly and luxurious cruise boat. Take in panoramic views from the open top deck. Enjoy refreshments, snacks and lunch served in the café on board. Cruise across spectacular Lake Wakatipu as you enjoy entertaining commentary provided by the local skipper.

Milford Sound: Fly | Cruise | Fly

2. Milford Sound: Fly | Cruise | Fly

Gaze down at the mountains and glaciers of Milford Sound as you take the flight of a lifetime onboard a fixed-wing aircraft. Savor the awe-inspiring scenery from your window seat as you enjoy an informative commentary from a knowledgeable local pilot. Soar over incredible features of the surrounding landscape, such as Coronet Peak skifield and Skippers Canyon. Absorb panoramic views over the Shotover River, the second-richest gold-bearing river in the world. Marvel at the sight of shimmering Lake Wakatipu below, as you fly along the Dart River Valley into World-Heritage-listed Mount Aspiring National Park. Enjoy an unforgettable experience as you jet across snow-clad peaks, the Olivine Ice Plateau, Mount Tutoko, and the Tutoko Glacier. Take in the breath-taking scenery of Fiordland National Park, the rugged West Coast, and the Tasman Sea, before descending into Milford Sound. Be amazed by the dramatic cliff faces and aerial views of cascading Stirling Falls, as you are led on a walk through beech forest and onboard a 1hr 45min cruise through the natural wonders of Milford Sound. Get the camera ready to snap the iconic Mitre Peak, standing 1692 meters above sea level. Look out for seal colonies, penguins, and dolphins from the open-air viewing deck, as you travel the full length of the fiord. Soak in the stunning landscape as you are greeted by your pilot for another memorable flight back across a World-Heritage-listed area to Queenstown.

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Cruise and Scenic Drive

3. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Cruise and Scenic Drive

Depart from Queenstown and travel to Milford Sound for a cruise of the fjord. Your driver will share their extensive knowledge of the area as your drive down the picturesque Milford Road. See local natural landmarks, such as Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, and the famous Eglington Valley. On your cruise, head past the iconic Mitre Peak and sail past St. Annes Point Lighthouse. Enjoy commentary from your skipper as you pass the mighty Lady Bowen Falls, Lion Mountain, Copper Point, Seal Rock, Stirling Falls, and Fairy Falls. Head out into the Tasman Sea and keep an eye out for seals basking in the sun, pods of dolphins, or rare Fjordland Crested Penguins that can be found seasonally within the region. Keep warm with complimentary tea and coffee in the lounge and take in the scenery through expansive windows. Venture onto the outdoor viewing decks to breathe in the pristine alpine air. Head back to Queenstown with some photo stops along the way.

Queenstown: 3-Course Dinner Cruise

4. Queenstown: 3-Course Dinner Cruise

Board the Spirit of Queenstown, a light-filled restaurant and bar which provides an intimate dinner setting with sweeping views. Aboard this boat, you'll glide across Queenstown Bay to the sheltered base of the iconic Cecil Peak. This onboard menu is designed by of chef in order to showcase southern delicacies, such as New Zealand beef and lamb. Fresh and seasonally-inspired vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free three-course set menus are also available. The menu will celebrate the locally-sourced produce, flavours, and relaxed style of shared platter dining that the southern region is renowned for. Relax in this newly refurbished restaurant and bar, which includes a welcoming and ambient atmosphere featuring full-height windows that provide plenty of light and incredible views. A wide range of world-class Central Otago wines from Mora vineyard and locally-crafted beer from Altitude brewery are also available for pairing.

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What people are saying about Queenstown

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 555 reviews

It was an excellent experience with staff and captain Darren being extremely friendly and helpful. The scenic view was amazing and it was a fantastic experience. We will definitely be back.

Great scenic cruise. Excellent customer service. The views are sensational. We also had the wine and cheese option which was very nice. Highly recommend this scenic cruise.

This definitely is a must, You Learn a lot of history behind queenstown and the mountains which are beautiful

It was smooth and with great history. The skipper also stopped a few places for photos which was great

An amazing experience. well and truly worth the money!!!