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Take to the region's lakes and fiords with a boat cruise in Queenstown and beyond

The Southern Lakes region is home to some of New Zealand's most beautiful waterways, including Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown and Fiordland's Milford Sound. Queenstown is the perfect base to experience the tranquillity and beauty of boating in New Zealand.

Fiordland is one of the most popular areas of New Zealand, cruising through the soaring mountains, deep waters and witnessing the abundant wildlife is an incredible experience. There are a number of companies that offer transfers to Milford and Doubtful Sounds from Queenstown, and there are even overnight cruise options.

Scenic boat cruises in Queenstown include a trip to Walter Peak High Country Farm on the historic steamship TSS Earnslaw, which has only ever sailed the waters of Lake Wakatipu. Hire a private yacht for a bespoke dining experience in a secluded inlet overlooking the Remarkables. Book a party cruise with friends for a scenic take on Queenstown nightlife, or hop on a relaxing lake cruise with Southern Discoveries for wildlife and mountain vistas that cannot  be experienced from town.