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Million Dollar Cruise in Queenstown
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Million Dollar Cruise in Queenstown

By Million Dollar Cruise
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See magnificent scenery, lakeside homes, a historic dam, and rare birds on this Lake Wakatipu cruise from Queenstown. Experience lots of great photo opportunities that you wouldn’t see otherwise, and choose from being on the unobstructed sundeck, or the heated cabin. No need to worry about bringing supplies with you, as the boat has a onboard bar, with a good selection of beer, wine, and soft drinks.
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Ages 5-99, max of 61 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Get great photo opportunities on this Lake Wakatipu Cruise
  • Learn as you travel through live commentary
  • Perfect for wildlife fans—look out for rare birds
  • Stay hydrated—the boat has an onboard bar

  • 90 minute Queenstown Lake Cruise.
  • Restroom on board
  • An Honesty Bar is available
What's not included
  • Transportation to/from attractions.


Start:
  • 50 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Please come down to the jetty - you will see our signage there.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 71002P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Honesty cash bar available.
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 61 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      50 Beach Street
      50 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
      Please come down to the jetty - you will see our signage there.
      See address & details
    • Pass by
      Lake Wakatipu
      Queenstown
      Queenstown Golf Club
      Kawarau River
      The Remarkables Ski Area
      Frankton Trail
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • Million Dollar Cruise
      1,559
      Queenstown, New Zealand
      Joined in September 2009
    • MCPNZ
      0 contributions
      Great people, amazing views!
      Such a great tour, the captain is wonderful and friendly and gave so much interesting information about the area and history. It was a wonderful warm sunny day for it as well.
      Written 4 December 2023
    • buddys904
      0 contributions
      Just do it!
      Troy you are an amazing patient skipper, Betty you are a hard working sales woman with class. Thanks so much for making our day/trip so much better I will totally recommend this to any and everyone
      Written 1 December 2023
    • tashus_11
      0 contributions
      Interesting facts
      Great 'skipper/commentator'. He was humorous, but sensitive to the needs of his passengers, he has complete knowledge of the lake both historically and nautically. We learned a lot from this peaceful interesting trip. 90 minutes was not too long, it was just right
      Written 15 April 2022
    • Traveler50297271348
      0 contributions
      Great tour on Lake Whakatapu,
      Can thoroughly recommend this company. Price was reasonable for Queenstown and the information given was interesting. Trip lasted for 90 minutes, very relaxing sitting back and viewing some of the homes on the waterfront and interesting to learn about the several islands of Willow Trees and how they came about. Water is so clear and the depth varies depending on channels down at the Frankton end.
      Written 26 November 2021
    • miss_rodger
      0 contributions
      Fabulous day on the water
      We had a fabulous morning on the water with Wayne. Awesome commentary with history and fun facts. Loads of photo opportunities with incredible scenery. Wonderful service with our Captain Wayne and the bar is a great touch.
      Written 28 November 2020
    • Expedition641333
      0 contributions
      Amazing voyage
      This was a wonderful trip and Captain Wayne was a truly awesome captain and tour guide. His thorough knowledge of the area and enthusiasm for showing passengers the best possible views and experience far exceeded my expectations. The boat was also clean and appeared very well maintained. On a cold winter's day the cabin is warm inside and still offers stunning panoramic views with the large windows, or go on top to the large open deck. Overall I highly recommend this tour to anyone in Queenstown.
      Written 31 May 2020
    • randjtaylor330
      0 contributions
      A wonderful look at the lake
      A great way to see the new housing estates along with history of the area. The camera is an essential piece to take as the mountain range is so beautiful.
      Written 4 March 2020
    • padprod
      0 contributions
      Great cruise of the lake
      Rally enjoyed the cruise on the lake. Although fairly small by tourist cruise boat standards there was plenty of room on the outside deck which is where the best views are. Otherwise you could relax inside. Captain Wayne was one of the best guides I’ve had, enthusiastic and amusing, despite probably giving the spiel many times. Good that you could hear the commentary from the outside dick too. So much better than an audio recording. Nothing was too much trouble and you could tell he wanted his guests to have a good time. His patience with the photos was impressive! Had some interesting insights into the area as well: always nice to come away having learnt something. Awesome!
      Written 18 November 2019
    • BobK499
      0 contributions
      Best value for money in Queenstown
      This a brilliant and inexpensive way of spending 90 minutes cruising the lake and hearing all about Queenstown’s history. Captain Wayne was as informative as he was amusing and nothing was too much trouble for him. The boat is very comfortable and there’s even a serve yourself bar onboard. Support local businesses. Highly recommended.
      Written 18 November 2019
    • GBtravellinggirl
      0 contributions
      Excellent little cruise
      We were only in Queenstown for 48 hours and wanted to see as much as possible. This 1.5 hours cruise cost 39 NZ dollars each, the captain is a local man and therefore full of local information. He gives good commentary and is funny too. The ship is beautifully clean and well kept. An honesty bar is available , with seating on top in good weather and under cover inside if it is cold or raining. There is a toilet too. Excellent value, a good way to spend some time in this beautiful place cruising the lake. Go for it!!
      Written 12 November 2019
    • pipperidge
      0 contributions
      Informative, fun and relaxing
      We took the boat trip on a cold and windy Spring day but that didn't dampen any spirits on this boat trip. Our captain was full of fun and interesting bits of info on Queenstown and the lake. It's nice to have a guide who has grown up in the area, something that seems quite rare in a transient place. It was an overcast day but still nice out on the lake enjoying the views and the fresh air. I would certainly recommend taking this tour.
      Written 5 November 2019
    • Bill291
      0 contributions
      A great way to relax on the lake.
      We decided to take this 90 minute trip on Lake Wakatipu and it was everything that it we expected and more. A very informative commentary by Captain Max ensured that we were able to learn even more about the Queenstown/Frankton area than we already knew and his wry sense of humour was very entertaining. The vessel was a good stablke platform for photography and very clean/well maintained.
      Written 18 October 2019
    • Trup
      0 contributions
      Great fun! Just do it!
      I had been a bit hesitant but my wife really wanted to do this --- so I agreed to go. Why did I hesitate?!? This was great fun and provided views that one doesn't get from the town of Queenstown.
      Written 8 October 2019
    • JacquiePal
      0 contributions
      Great time had
      Thanks Max. We had a wonderfully casual but informative time with you. Facilities were exceptionally clean. Everything was reasonably priced.
      Written 1 October 2019
    • beejoy73
      0 contributions
      Peaceful and picturesque!
      We had an amazing boat trip. Our captain was great and we got to learn a lot about Queenstown while taking in the beautiful vistas. It was very relaxed and a nice change from the crazy adrenaline charged adventures we were having at other times. The bar was casual and accepts cash only. It was a great way to spend an afternoon.
      Written 13 July 2019
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    TarshaandKristian
    Auckland Central, New Zealand113 contributions
    May 2021
    This is our second time on the Million Dollar Lake Cruise, we also went in Summer, and now in Autumn. We now want to have a turn in every season, it is AMAZING! We would highly recommend this cruise to anyone, and everyone. The commentary is really informative, and entertaining, definitely not too much. The time on the water is just right, and the boat is very clean and well kept. There are a range of options of where you can sit, which is great. What see is pure magic, the captain knows all the perfect places to take you, and will even capture a photo for you with The Remarkables in the background.
    We are looking forward to our next cruise with the Team at Million Dollar.
    Written 14 May 2021
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    thanksTarsha, great to hear you thought our cruise was pure magic!!
    Written 21 May 2021
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    homeagain255103
    Perth, Australia49 contributions
    It was the last tour of the day, but Captain Max still sounded enthusiastic about at trip he probably has done a million times. Maybe he gets a dollar for every cruise :-). In 90 mins it is hard to go to far at 8-10 knots but a lap of Frankton Arm Lake ensued with an occasional “chirp” from Captain Max identifying some of the history and larger residences along the way. Not bad value for a short trip to see the lakes from the other side... 320 m ASL. Good one Capt. Max!
    Written 22 January 2020
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    Thank you for your 5 star review and good to hear that you enjoyed our cruise. Will pass your comments on to Max. It is a nice relaxing cruise and a good way to learn a bit about Queenstown.
    Written 8 February 2020
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    Heidi014
    Buffalo, NY78 contributions
    Feb 2020
    We enjoyed our tour on the lake, especially the captain's knowledge of the local history and geography, and his sense of humor. We would have preferred more time cruising along the shoreline away from the town, but the captain seemed keen to show us some of the lovely homes close to the water. We certainly recommend this tour. It provided good value and an enjoyable 90 minute experience on the lake.
    Written 13 February 2020
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    Great to hear you enjoyed our cruise Heidi. It's a great way to learn about Queenstown and sit back and relax. Been stunning weather too which helps add to the enjoyment.
    Written 15 February 2020
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    Joli_Papillon
    San Francisco, CA64 contributions
    Mar 2020
    This 1.5-hour tour of Lake Wakatipu had running commentary by the captain. The lake is absolutely beautiful and seeing Queenstown from the water was a treat. For a low-key activity with gorgeous scenery, it was worth the time and money spent.
    Written 16 March 2020
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    Thank you for your lovely review - the lake is beautiful and also the scenery, I never get sick of looking at it even though I have been here for over 26 years. I still stop my truck to take photos although they are never as good as the real thing.
    Written 18 March 2020
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    Sez
    Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
    After not being able to do the 4pm cruise (low numbers), we jumped on the 11am cruise the next day with Wayne and it was amazing! Wayne is such a character and his commentary is awesome - informative and had us in fits of laughter the entire time. Intimate cruise, great having not so many people crowded on the boat. Spectacular 360 degree views from the top of the boat, can be a bit chilly so make sure you wear layers if you want to spend the entire time up here. Bar and food available on board that operates with a cash only honesty box - love it! Definitely recommend and it’s great to support locally owned business. Thanks Wayne and Betty!
    Written 7 October 2020
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    Wow thanks for the glowing review - we love to hear great things about us and thank you for supporting our small family business. Wayne doesn't Skipper much these days and only fills in when our other Skippers are away so he really enjoys the days he does do.
    Written 11 October 2020
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    DaleCobb
    5 contributions
    Jan 2021
    Betty & Wayne are the most friendliest, warmest and welcoming hosts. From start to finish they treated us like kings. Wayne's infectious laughter kept us well informed and entertained the entire journey. Would highly recommend people to experience this unique and entertaining experience. My wife was unwell and could not make the trip and they generously refunded our fare, but honestly, they didnt have to. I know all operators are struggling, but this gesture was the sort of service that sets them apart and I will remember and acknowledge by recommending people help them out and take the trip. My wife cant wait to get on board next time we visit. Thanks an absolute million
    Written 15 February 2021
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    Wow thanks Dale so pleased you enjoyed your experience with us - we do our best to make people feel welcome. Wayne only does one trip a week or perhaps a few more if staff want time off so he really enjoys the time he does do the cruise. It was our pleasure to host you guys and look forward to the time you bring you wife. - Betty
    Written 16 February 2021
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    donna b
    Christchurch, New Zealand57 contributions
    Mar 2020 • Couples
    Great fun and our skipper was very informative and funny; had many laughs cruising the lake and looking at Queenstown and some extremely amazing and beautiful buildings. Enjoyed being able to buy a couple of beers to sit back with and relax. Many different areas on boat to enjoy the scenery including indoor table area and open decks outside. Value for money and would do it again.
    Written 17 March 2020
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    Wow thanks for the fabulous 5 star review. Great to hear that you thought it was fun and the Skipper wasn't too bad either. Nothing better than having a drink on a boat sitting back and relaxing.!!
    Written 18 March 2020
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    Jesse M
    3 contributions
    Aug 2020
    A group of friends and myself were in Queenstown for a couple of days and wanted something chill to do. This was far more bang for our buck than we thought! Betty was warm and welcoming on the jetty. Wayne was so funny, was able to keep us engaged with his narrative of Queenstown, and was more than happy to take photos for people (I even got one driving the boat!).

    Was a fantastic way to spend an hour and a half on Lake Wakatipu. Thank you Wayne and Betty!
    Written 28 August 2020
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    Wow thanks for the glowing review. Wayne and myself don't often get to work together much these days and it reminds us of when it was just him and me working 7 days!!! Still it was all worth it and we like to pride ourselves on how well we have done. So pleased that you enjoyed our cruise and hope to see you again soon.
    Written 30 May 2021
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    alupka
    Kerikeri, New Zealand21 contributions
    May 2021
    This cruise just goes around the Frankton basin so you won't go into the larger Lake Wakatipu. The commentary is about the history and houses of Queenstown. The captain is a throwback to the 70s where his opinions were formed and haven't really changed much. The jokes are maybe funny for a particular type of kiwi of a certain generation and nobody else. I imagine over the years he's had to cut out his even more offensive material. There are times when he could switch off his microphone when he is talking to passengers rather than give us a running commentary. The physical views - well you can see them pretty much everywhere around Queenstown. Some Chinese tourists clearly didn't understand his instructions about going down the ladder backwards but he made them the butt of some of his "witty" remarks. If you're at all a citizen of the world you don't need to hear this, give it a miss.
    Written 18 May 2021
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    will speak to Wayne regarding some of this otherwise the majority of people enjoy our cruise and Wayne's commentary, although it is rather a personal attack!! Its hard to please everyone all of the time. And yes we do go around the Frankton Arm and that is what we advertise ,nothing about going out on the main lake although we do before we turn to go down the Arm.There are other cruises that do that as we all have different routes.
    Written 21 May 2021
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    AbellRentals
    Yaldhurst, New Zealand25 contributions
    June 2020 • Couples
    Certainly a nice way to spend a couple of hours cruising around the lake. Betty gave excellent service at the booking kiosk and her husband Wayne knew everything about the lake and history of Queenstown as only a passionate local would know. I just love dealing with the owners of businesses like Funnyman Wayne and his very lucky wife Betty.
    Written 10 July 2020
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    Thank you for your 5 star review - did Wayne pay you to say how lucky I was. Ha Ha!! Yes Wayne is a hive of information and as he only does the cruise every now and then these days he really enjoys himself as it is a bit of novelty now.
    Written 29 August 2020
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