Places in Queenstown Accessible by Boat

A list of 'out of the ordinary' authentic activity options via Lake Wakatipu accessible by boat.

Sometimes you just want that extra oomph, that out of the ordinary experience, something different to what the general itineraries include. Well, here’s a list of several different options that not many people do due to accessibility. Therefore, the experience is that much more special as it’s untouched and natural landscapes and authentic and ‘raw’ activities.

Mt Nicholas Station

Discover Mt. Nicholas Station, a secluded spot to relax and explore the high country or a luxurious destination for a bespoke special event. From towering mountain peaks, alpine hideaways, glistening lakes, expansive tussock plains, beautiful river valleys, native forest and 14 kms of beachfront to play on, Mt Nicholas has it all.

Topped off with exclusive access only by water or air transport, it’s a destination that’s hard to beat! You can even hike the 12kms through to Walter Peak and finish it off with a delicious BBQ lunch.

Your options of transport to Mt Nicholas are the Spirit of Queenstown or Queenstown Water Taxi.

Walter Peak Station

Yes, you can drive to Walter Peak, but arriving at the Station by water aboard the TSS Earnslaw is an #NZMustDo activity and one not to be taken lightly. Walter Peak is a working Station and you can choose an assortment of various activities to partake in once there. For example, take the 30-minute TSS Earnslaw, or Lady of the Lake, journey over for a delicious BBQ lunch or buffet dinner followed by a farm show. This is a great afternoon or evening authentic experience option.

If you have time constraints or would like a different perspective of Lake Wakatipu you can get a water taxi to pick you up and drop you back to Queenstown.

Cecil Peak

Cecil Peak is uninhabitable due to its rugged landscape and steep terrain. Cecil Peak has been a mecca for hikers though with the urge to conquer Cecil Peak being the driving force behind a great adventure.

In the summertime, Canyoning New Zealand has rights to the canyon hidden within Cecil Peak and exclusive access across Lake Wakatipu with Queenstown Water Taxis included in the price – now that’s a deal!

Pigeon Island

Due to its remoteness Pigeon Island is one of Queenstown’s hidden gems right in the heart of Lake Wakatipu. There is a single hut managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) located on the island and is open to the public. Bookings aren’t taken and it’s managed on a first come, first served basis.

Pigeon Island has been a destination for overnight camping and day trips. The only public service to ferry passengers over to the island is Queenstown Water Taxis that can be chartered. Otherwise, befriending a local with a boat is a great second option!

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