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 nearly two hours on Lake Wakatipu, which you may recognize as the film setting for the Lothlórien scenes in The Lord of the Rings.
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.