Queenstown Boat Rentals
Queenstown covers an inlet on Lake Wakatipu on the South Island of New Zealand. It's an iconic resort town offers plenty of water adventure opportunities. The town provides visitors New Zealand charm with awe-inspiring views of the Southern Alps. It’s a local and international favorite and is equally famous for the wine it produces and the adventure sports to enjoy. Because of its beauty, it is perfect for boaters who seek relaxation as well as those who crave thrills.
The best time to visit Queenstown is during the shoulder seasons of summer. You'll find the best prices during the months of October and November or February and March. The peak summer in New Zealand is during December and January, and these months are the busiest with tourists and the most expensive.
To get to Queenstown, take a flight direct to the Queenstown International Airport from many origin cities. You can also access the town with ease by bus from other cities in New Zealand, and it’s a 6-hour drive from Christchurch.
Boating in Queenstown
Due to Queenstown’s proximity to lakes, rivers, and fjords, the town is any water lover’s dream. Boaters will find a plethora of unique chartering options in the region. Book everything from nature safaris and lake cruises to trout fishing expeditions. Check out the historic boat charters on steamships or sailing vessels. Canoeing and kayaking are also popular and are the ideal ways to explore the beaches and caves that dot the shores of Lake Wakatipu.
For boaters who love the thrill of speed, there are many exciting watersports and adventure excursions. You can book your adventure on both the lake and in Queenstown’s other nearby bodies of water. Jet skiing, wakeboarding, and water skiing are popular activities. Flyboarding is an exciting new watersport to try while in Queenstown. You can head out and enjoy whitewater rafting or a thrilling jet boat ride with your travel companions. Whatever your boating or water sports preferences, you will find plenty to appreciate in Queenstown.
For active and sporty travelers, there are lots of paddle sport rental options to choose from while in Queenstown to get a good workout in while on your trip. Rent a paddleboard or kayak and spend hours exploring Lake Wakatipu, either on your own or on a guided tour.
Queenstown is a party destination, and the party doesn’t have to stop once you leave the shore. There are many boat parties that leave daily from Queenstown during the peak season. You can have your own boat party on a chartered catamaran or yacht leaving from Queenstown. Gather your friends and travel mates for a day of cruising in the scenic Tasman Sea or on Lake Wakatipu, enjoying drinks and music onboard without the stress of steering the boat!
If you love fishing, check out a fishing charter from Queenstown. You can catch lots of different fish in the lake with an experienced guide. The only way to eat fish from a lake in New Zealand is to catch them yourself! Fishing charters will get you set up with the equipment, bait, and tackle and can also help you get a fishing license.
Boating Events in Queenstown
Queenstown hosts lots of sailing regattas, with the biggest one coming to the town in 2018. The National Yacht Regatta will feature over 60 competitors and have different sailing events taking place over the course of three days in the city.
Other Things To Do
While on land in Queenstown, there are plenty of activities to partake in and enjoy. It’s a paradise for adventure and thrill seekers. Try bungee jumping, mountain biking, and riverboarding for a good adrenaline rush. For travelers who prefer more low key activity, flyfishing, guided nature walks, and wine tasting are great choices.
There are loads of great restaurants and bars in Queenstown. Head to the city center for a variety of different cuisines and dining experiences. For great nightlife, check out Vinyl Underground and the Below Zero Ice Bar.
Marinas in Queenstown
Some of the top marinas in Queenstown include Mantra Marina, Wakatipu Yacht Club Inc, and Homestead Bay. The marinas are in stunning locations, with mountain view backdrops against the pristine lake. Some of the marinas in Queenstown also have combined lodging, so you can also make the marina your accommodation if you intend to spend most of your time boating. They also have restaurants and bars to sit at and enjoy a meal with the gorgeous view.