Lake Wakatipu Cruise Including Mt Nicholas High Country Farm Tour and Lunch

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Lake Wakatipu Cruise Including Mt Nicholas High Country Farm Tour and Lunch
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Discover New Zealand’s Lake Wakatipu and Mt Nicholas high country on a catamaran cruise, an authentic Kiwi-run Farm Tour and 4WD tour from Queenstown. Cruise to the lake’s western shores while hearing informative commentary from your captain. Visit a merino sheep farm, then hop into a 4WD vehicle and zip into the mountains for a bird's-eye view on the stunning region. Take short walks on the mountain, and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea before returning to Queenstown by boat.
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In Brief

Location:
Queenstown, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Queenstown Lake Cruise - Southern Discoveries, St Omer Wharf, 110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9348 New Zealand

From the docks in Queenstown, step aboard your deluxe catamaran to cruise across gorgeous Lake Wakatipu, which reaches depths of 1,300 feet (400 meters). Surrounding mountain ranges create a dramatic backdrop to the dark blue lake.

Your boat is equipped with warm indoor seating, large viewing windows and outdoor decks that offer panoramic views of the Southern Alps, Glenorchy, Mt Earnslaw, and the Remarkables mountain range. An onboard cafe serves beverages and snacks for purchase.


Stop At: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown New Zealand

Listen to informative commentary from your captain about the sights you see from the boat. Atmospheric pressures cause the lake’s water levels to rise and fall about 5 inches (12 centimeters) every few minutes. A Maori legend attributes the phenomenon to the heartbeat of a giant who lies asleep in the depths of the lake.

A slumbering giant might prove hard to find, but one could say that Elves have been here. Lothlórien scenes filmed for The Lord of the Rings movie were staged here at Lake Wakatipu.


Stop At: Southern Discoveries - Mt Nicholas Farm Experience, St Omer Wharf, 110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300 New Zealand

Disembark from your catamaran at the Mt Nicholas High Country Station on the western shore of the lake and then visit a family-run merino sheep farm where you can learn about raising sheep and making wool. Then transfer to a 4WD vehicle to scale the mountains with stops at spectacular spots where you can enjoy short walks. Your cruise on Lake Wakatipu, farm and high country 4WD tour ends upon your return to the docks in Queenstown.

Stop At: The Remarkables Ski Area, Queenstown New Zealand

Enjoy stunning views up the lake towards Glenorchy, Mt Earnslaw and the Southern Alps
Take panoramic photos from our open-top viewing deck

Stop At: Glenorchy, Glenorchy, Otago Region, South Island

Enjoy stunning views up the lake towards Glenorchy, Mt Earnslaw and the Southern Alps
Take panoramic photos from our open-top viewing deck

Inclusions

  • Guided Farm and 4WD Tour of a working sheep station
  • Light Farmers Platter Lunch
  • Free Tea and Coffee
  • Local Knowledgeable Tour Guide
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Wakatipu

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise of your country of origin at the time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.63 out of 5 based on the last 19 recent reviews

Best time ever
• Submitted 22 Mar 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 17 Jan 2018
Muito interessante
• Submitted 29 Nov 2017
Great tour excellent cruise then farm tour great afternoon
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
Amazing views
• Submitted 14 Oct 2017
Fantastic trip learnt A lot about NZ farming the property enormous the staff were brilliant with a loverly meal before our departure
• Submitted 12 Aug 2017
Very fun and relaxing trip! The boat tour of Lake Wakatipu was extremely scenic and the boat captain was an excellent guide in pointing out things of interest around the lake, including the beautiful Remarkables. All the staff at the merino sheep farm were extremely friendly and provided a great tour and delicious lunch. It was a fantastic experience seeing sheep farm and the surrounding countryside. Definitely recommend it!
• Submitted 13 Nov 2016
I am please to recommed these to any body. My guide for Glencoche was extraordinarily friendly and caring. We were pleased with visit to farm , something we did'nt quite understand never the less we had two wonderful days Ashok
• Submitted 17 Feb 2016
A great tour and very friendly tour guides !! ... Beautiful cruise with a great chilled out walk then spectacular 4x4 trip around the farm!!
• Submitted 08 Dec 2015
Great time. Very friendly tour guides. Well worth the money and effort.
• Submitted 29 Sep 2015
Very nice relaxing day with a lovely cruise there and back.
• Submitted 05 Jun 2015
Nice boat ride, very smooth and we had some rain and wind. The 4WD bus tour was very interesting. My husband and I were the only ones to go on this part the others on the tour stayed behind. They missed good views lots of info and a tour of a very old rock house. We recommend this one.
• Submitted 09 Mar 2015
Beautiful cruise on a gorgeous lake which made the trip worthwhile. Tour of the farm was not terribly interesting until we watched the sheepdogs at work and saw a brief introduction to shearing the sheep.
• Submitted 25 Mar 2018
The cruise was beautiful. The tour Mt Nicholas station was ok. It was sheep shearing season.
• Submitted 27 Sep 2017
Wonderful views and confortable trip on the lake, perfect reception and friendly staff at the farm with the explanations on the sheep farming. Less interesting 4x4 tour of the property on a rough road ...
• Submitted 11 Aug 2017
The trip is good. The view from the cruise is beautiful. You could know more about sheep industry in the sheep farm station. And the view there is good too.
• Submitted 04 Aug 2017
Very nice trip with beautiful views of the lake and interesting information about the farming
• Submitted 10 Mar 2016
The lake cruise is essentially that...a garden variety cruise on a lake. I think the highlight is the Mt Nicholas farm visit, which though a little artificial, does give some insights into the working of a large NZ sheep and cattle establishment. The humour of our guides along the way add colour to the experience. The working sheep dog is work of mastery and obedience.
• Submitted 02 Mar 2016
One not so good thing- when we were booking we thought "4WD tour" meant we would be driving ourselves on 4 wheelers, we didn't know it meant we'd be riding in a bus. Found out New Zealand calls the trip we were wanting "quad bikes," so we would've booked something like that instead, had we known.
• Submitted 05 Jun 2015

In Brief

Location:
Queenstown, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily

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