Queenstown is one of the most scenic places in New Zealand. It’s famous for many things including the huge mountain peaks that surround it, but there’s one thing that really makes Queenstown so special, Lake Wakatipu. Lake Wakatipu is Queenstown’s crown jewel. In both winter and summer, the lake is the perfect place to experience what Queenstown has on offer.
Heading out onto the lake gives you the perfect vantage point of both the impressive mountains and the town itself. It’s the gateway to the many river systems that feed into Lake Wakatipu and is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset after a day of activities. But what about the activities on the Lake? Well, that’s the best thing about Lake Wakatipu, the activities on the lake are some of the best in Queenstown.
1. Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise
When it comes to activities on Lake Wakatipu none are as magical as a scenic cruise aboard Spirit of Queenstown. The journey starts right in Queenstown and takes you along the western shores towards Glenorchy. Along the way, you are welcomed with some of the most amazing views of the Southern Alps all while still enjoying your creature comforts with an inside cabin and a fully-licensed bar. The views are stunning, and with several different viewing decks on board, you really won’t miss a thing!
Views back to Queenstown and The Remarkables from Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise.
A great add-on to our scenic cruise is Mt Nicholas Farm Experience. This farm tour takes you around one of the largest stations and suppliers of merino wool in the country. You will meet some of the sheep dogs, feed some very friendly animals, and meet some very curious chickens. Oh, and did we mention a yummy picnic style lunch!
Both of these activities are perfect for the whole family and make for one great day out on Lake Wakatipu.
Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand. The entire landscape around Queenstown has become a huge playground for extreme sports and KJet jet boat experience on Lake Wakatipu is no different. Leaving conveniently from the main town pier, this adrenaline filled activity takes you along the lake before driving into not one, but two of Queenstown’s nearby rivers!
As you speed across the shallow waters of the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers your experienced local guide will not only get your heart racing but also share lots of information about the history of Queenstown. Sharp turns, 360-degree spins and some of the best views on offer are just some of the highlights. After the hour of adrenaline, KJet also gives you access to its underwater observatory under the wharf. Here you can see lots of Lake Wakatipu’s underwater life including large eels!
Speeding under the Kawarau Falls bridge on KJet with views of The Remarkables.
Some say the best views come from above so why not give parasailing a go! Leaving from the main town pier right in the centre of town, this is a really cool activity on Lake Wakapitu! As you glide high above the lake you will have a very unique and beautiful view of the entire bay and area. The views along with the fresh breeze in your hair is sure to make this a memorable experience. Tandem and triple parasailing options are available so you can fly with friends. You take off and land on the back of the boat so this is a great activity year round. Fly high, stay dry!
Taking in the views with Queenstown Paraflights.
Hydro Attack is a truly unique activity on Lake Wakatipu. Hydro Attack shark in Queenstown is both fun and exciting. This enclosed jet ski-like machine will have you shooting across the lake at up to 80kph before diving down underwater at 40kph! The Hydro Shark gives you a unique view from both on and under the water.
Hydro Attack jumping vertically into the air out of Lake Wakatipu.
But that’s not all. After the Hydro Shark dives beneath the water, your driver will then head back to the surface. In one swift movement, you will breach the water with power and excitement sending the Hydro Shark into the air before landing back on Lake Wakatipu. This is a great activity to tell your friends about!
5. Paddle Boarding
Paddle Boarding has become very popular in recent times and there’s no better place to do it than on Lake Wakatipu. Explore the bay or just enjoy cooling off in the lakes fresh water. Paddle Boarding on the lake is the perfect activity to soak up some sun and enjoy the calm, cool waters of Lake Wakatipu.
A summer evening paddle board on Lake Wakatipu.
Lake Wakatipu is the beating heart of Queenstown and getting out and enjoying all the activities on the lake is a must do for any visitor. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or enjoy the more relaxing things the lake has to offer, there is something to suit everyone on Lake Wakatipu!