Southern Discoveries is inviting Wakatipu residents to get aboard Spirit of Queenstown for its second annual Local’s Day on Sunday 13 December 2015.

Locals can experience Queenstown’s longest lake cruise on the purpose-built catamaran for just $20 for adults and $10 for children, and include a behind-the-scenes visit to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm for an additional $10 (adults) and $5 (children).

Proceeds from the day will go to the Sinbad Sanctuary Project, a pest control programme in Sinbad Gully in Milford Sound at the base of Mitre Peak. The project aims to help threatened birds, lizards and invertebrate species to increase in number, and was established by Southern Discoveries, the Fiordland Conservation Trust and Department of Conservation over five years ago.

Southern Discoveries director of sales and marketing Julia Savill said the day was a great opportunity for locals to enjoy an activity that is right on their doorstep while also helping a great cause.

“Queenstown locals can enjoy a beautiful scenic cruise and an authentic farm experience which includes a journey to spectacular vantage points by 4WD vehicle,” she said.

“We want to encourage locals to explore Mt Nicholas with friends and family;  it really is a hidden gem.”

Those customers choosing a Mt Nicholas Farm Experience will hop off Spirit of Queenstown to meet working animals used on the farm, enjoy breathtaking views and experience a high country trip.

The tours depart from St Omer Wharf at 9.00am, 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm. Each cruise lasts 1 hour 45 minutes and locals choosing the farm experience will spend an additional two hours at Mt Nicholas.

There’ll also be a sausage sizzle for people to enjoy before boarding their cruise.

Bookings are recommended and can be made by visiting the Discover Queenstown information centre at the top of The Mall in Queenstown, the Queenstown Visitor Centre at St Omer Wharf, 110 Beach Street, or by calling 0800 264 536. Proof of Wakatipu residence is required (utility bill or pay slip) when checking in.

Southern Discoveries will also be selling their Locals’ Discovery Card which gives unlimited cruises on Spirit of Queenstown and discounted offers on all other Southern Discoveries products in Queenstown, Te Anau and Milford Sound. 


Picture captions

1/ Spirit of Queenstown arriving at Mt Nicholas High Country Farm

Spirit of Queenstown at Mt Nicholas High Country Farm

2/ The Sinbad skink found in Sinbad Gully

Sinbad skink found in Sinbad Gully

For more information please contact

Julia Savill

Director of Sales and Marketing                                   

Southern Discoveries

(+64) 21 890 005


Fiona Woodham

Southern PR

(+64 3) 441 1117

(+64) 274 313 270


About Southern Discoveries

Southern Discoveries operates four vessels at Milford Sound ranging in capacity from 35 to 400 passengers, and offers the widest range of trips and experiences in the fiord.

The company operates Scenic Cruises, Encounter Nature Cruises, Nature Cruises, Cruise and Kayak Milford Sound and the Discover More Cruise which incorporates a visit to the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory.

It owns and operates Discover Milford Sound Information Centre and Café in Milford, three information centres in Te Anau and Queenstown, and Te Anau-based coach service Go Milford Day Trip. Southern Discoveries also owns a shareholding in Milford Sound Lodge.

The company operates Queenstown Lake Cruise which provides day and charter cruises on Lake Wakatipu for up to 35 people and it owns 50% of KJet, Queenstown’s original Jet boat operator.

Southern Discoveries’ newest addition, Spirit of Queenstown, operates exclusive cruises to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu. Visitors can choose from a range of excursions including a Scenic Cruise on Spirit of Queenstown, or an authentic Farm Experience at Mt Nicholas to meet to the working farm animals, get up close to merino sheep and get off the beaten track by 4WD into the landscape to spectacular vantage points. Newly introduced is the Station 2 Station Cycle Trail, a half day cycling trip between Mt Nicholas and Walter Peak. Carrying up to 130 passengers, Spirit of Queenstown is also available for private hire and charters.

Southern Discoveries’ ongoing commitment to conservation is through the Sinbad Sanctuary Project in conjunction with the Fiordland Conservation Trust and Department of Conservation. The company is also the recipient of the 2015 New Zealand Tourism Export Council Operator of the Year, Trip Advisor ‘Hall of Fame’ Certificate of Excellence for Milford Sound Cruises and is Qualmark endorsed.