Frequently Asked Questions

Please look through our FAQ’s for answers to the most common questions we receive. If you have any other questions or would like further information, please email


What is the maximum on Spirit of Queenstown?

The maximum capacity on Spirit of Queenstown is 150 passengers.
The capacity for dining on Spirit of Queenstown is 80 passengers.

Where on Lake Whakatipu can we cruise?

Southern Discoveries has the flexibility to cruise anywhere on Lake Whakatipu, including the Frankton Arm, Bob’s Cove, Mt Nicholas High Country Farm or Glenorchy.  View our suggested cruise routes here.

How long can I charter Spirit of Queenstown for?

The minimum length of the cruise on Spirit of Queenstown is 1.5 hours and the average board Spirit of Queenstown is usually 3 hours.

What food and beverage options are available on Sprit of Queenstown?

Spirit of Queenstown has a fully licenced bar and our events team can help you tailor a catering package to suit your group’s needs. View examples of our onboard catering options here.

Is smoking permitted on board Southern Discoveries vessels?

Smoking or vaping is not permitted on Southern Discoveries charters, all our vessels are smoke free.

Where does Spirit of Queenstown depart from?

Spirit of Queenstown departs from St Omer Wharf, 110 Beach Street, Queenstown.

Are we allowed to jump into the lake and swim?

By law, the skipper of the vessel is legally responsible for the safety of guests onboard. As a matter of safety, guests are not permitted to jump off our vessels and swim.

Is it possible to charter boats in Milford Sound as well?

Southern Discoveries has charter options available in Milford Sound, please contact for more information.

Contact Us

Queenstown Charters
St Omer Wharf, 110 Beach Street
Queenstown 9300
New Zealand

Charter Enquiries:
+64 (0)3 441 8824

General Enquiries:
+64 (0)3 441 1137