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Cuisine: New Zealand, Tasting menus, Trust the Chef
Price Point: Mains from Above $35
Ranked: #3 of 79 restaurants in Queenstown

It's an indisputable fact that Queenstown boasts some of the most staggeringly beautiful, jaw-dropping and dramatic views in the whole of fair New Zealand. Queenstown's only dinner cruise, the Spirit of Queenstown Dinner Cruise certainly delivers the goods!

Odds on you'll be looking out the window the entire time, but the boat's interior deserves some love and attention too. Gently rising and falling with the waves, the restaurant is an intimate, cosy and atmospheric capsule where you can watch the steep mountains drift on by. There's no better way to mark a special occasion or simply spend some quality time with a loved one.

Their 'trust-the-chef' menu ensures that only the freshest, local ingredients are used to make the tastiest plates. To whet your appetite, the current menu features cheese and charcuterie boards for starters; overflowing with cured meats, artisan cheeses and seasonal fruits, it's perfect for easing into a night of pure decadence.

The mains place sustainable meat in the spotlight with crispy pork belly, lamb fillets and beef ribs flying the flag for NZ produce; the seasonal vegetable risotto serves as an excellent vegetarian alternative. Then, pour yourself a glass of world-renowned Central Otago wine and head out onto the deck and let the mind-boggling views do all the work.

The dinner cruise departs at 6.30pm every Tuesday – Sunday (inclusive) and returns at 8.30pm. The regular price is $119 per person.

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Spirit of Queenstown Dinner Cruise
Southern discoveries, Queenstown Visitor Centre, 110 Beach Street
Queenstown 9300

Open Hours:
Tue - Sat: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Phone: +64 3 441 1137

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Ranked: #3 of 79 restaurants in Queenstown 3
Spirit of Queenstown Dinner Cruise
Location: Queenstown
Cuisine: New Zealand, Tasting menus, Trust the Chef
Mains: Above $35

Reviews

Alison Harrod

What a wonderful evening! One of our waiters,Nick, was an ex Aussie like ourselves and he was so attentive and helpful and friendly. In fact all the staff were exemplary, friendly, courteous and efficient.
The scenery was breathtaking and the boat was smooth and glided through the water as we enjoyed watching the fading light changing the mood of the surrounding mountains.
The food was first class. The meats were cooked to perfection, succulent and juicy, the veges and salads were tasty too, we were eating all our colours last night, such variety!
Entree was amazing, so much deliciousness on a tasting platter, cheeses, olives, fruit, honeycomb, meats, yum!
Then dessert was a tasting tray of different chocolates and a macaroon, all we needed to finish off an excellent and most enjoyable evening.
Our favourite dining experience in a long time. Thank you!

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Dinner Cruise
Enjoyed our cruise in Queenstown. Excellent food, staff were super friendly and ave professional service.
Boat was very roomy with plenty of space to move around on board.
Would definitely recommend this experience.

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Highly recommend this dinner cruise .
Food was excellent and service the same
A highly recommend experience

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Euge Wong

This was one of the best hing I have done in Queenstown, the food was fantastic and the view was priceless.

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Loved the cruise and seeing lake wakatipu and the region of queenstown from a different angle! Staff really helpful and friendly and food was hearty!

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Great food and great service

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The entire experience was thrilling , watching the scenic beauty of the Waikatipu lakes and the magnificent mountains of the Queenstown in s cruise was breathtaking.A perfect evening wish.

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Kristen Gough

Wonderful experience! Amazing 3 course meal...generous helpings & great service. Very comfortable boat. Would definitely recommend. A lovely night out thank you

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Anne Lonsdale

Great dining experience a must to do, everything was perfect from a great welcome on board from all staff interactions.We could not fault anything at all a very pleasant experience ,the food was excellent and everything was very tasty and large portions.The service and deliverly were five star ,the views from the deck are what make it extra special.You would not be disappointed with this dining experience and put in on your list to do .Thank you .

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Dani White

Had a great birthday meal! Staff were super friendly and the food was great. Special thanks to to the waiter who topped us up with an extra plate of food when my boyfriend claimed he was still hungry! Would definitely recommend to all!

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Definitely a must do experience!
The food was cooked perfectly, the service was perfect everything was just perfect I cant recommend this enough!! Thank you!

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Great waiter and Captain Pugwash very entertaining. Food delicious and plenty of. Beers and wine quality and reasonably priced. Perfect night highly recommend.

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This is a must do on first table. It was a lovely evening out on the lake and the food was amazing!! Loved every minute of it.

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Cleone Blomfield

Sailing towards the Remarkables on a still evening

Our local group lingered over the large entree board before taking photos at the bow as we sailed towards the Remarkables. Then we neared Cecil Peak and Hidden Island. The striations and ridges on Cecil peak’s flanks were strongly outlined by the setting sun (carved by the glacier that formed Lake Wakatipu). The main course was large and the lamb was especially succulent. How special to eat a great dinner on the water with changing views.

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Ann Cowan

A great night. So nice to see a cruise and mral on the lake. Will definitely go again.
Highly recommend.

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Matthew Tilley

Great addition to the First Table offering. Great food, great service and great views.

Nice and chilled environment with something different to do. Ideal for visiting family and friends to show a different side to QT.

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Bronwyn Lombardo

Our dinner cruise in Queenstown was a wonderful experience. The staff were attentive and the views were fantastic. We felt the food was not as good as we had hoped. It was very meat heavy and needed gravy, the salads did not appeal to our group. The vegetables were very dry. It was very filling but pretty boring. The Antipasto player was excellent as was the petite fors. All in all a wonderful night.

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Sally Watson

Great service, food and drink!
We all really enjoyed our evening out on this comfortable boat and the starter platter and main of slow roast beef short rib, lamb and pork with crackling were absolutely delicious!

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Chris Field

Absolutely fabulous, all round. Food and service excellent. Even though it was windy the pilot found a calm spot to cruise for dinner. Great to see the area from different angles. A must!

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Philip Isaacs

Delicious food and a lot of (more than we could eat and I'm a big guy.) The service was fantastic and the views were amazing. Most importantly my partner thought it was super romantic. Highly recommended

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Rebecca Burgess

Beautiful experience, really friendly knowledgeable and welcoming staff. Luckily had a glassy still evening on the lake with lovely sunset. Drinks prices are reasonable for queenstown. So much food! meat was cooked perfectly, will definitely recommend and return

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Lovely evening, boat is comfortable, spacious and there’s so much food, couldn’t quite finish it which is ideal for this type of meal.

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Alison Harrod

What a wonderful evening! One of our waiters,Nick, was an ex Aussie like ourselves and he was so attentive and helpful and friendly. In fact all the staff were exemplary, friendly, courteous and efficient.
The scenery was breathtaking and the boat was smooth and glided through the water as we enjoyed watching the fading light changing the mood of the surrounding mountains.
The food was first class. The meats were cooked to perfection, succulent and juicy, the veges and salads were tasty too, we were eating all our colours last night, such variety!
Entree was amazing, so much deliciousness on a tasting platter, cheeses, olives, fruit, honeycomb, meats, yum!
Then dessert was a tasting tray of different chocolates and a macaroon, all we needed to finish off an excellent and most enjoyable evening.
Our favourite dining experience in a long time. Thank you!

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jorg penneke

Great evening . Great crew.. open door from skipper my daughter enjoy the talk with skipper .. all in all a great evening for a pre valentine dinner

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Linda Webster

Cruise was great. Blessed with lovely weather. Kitchen staff did great job. Food prepared well.

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Delicious food, wonderful experience, thoroughly recommend it!

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Chris Thomas

Good value and friendly service

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Faye York

Lovely way to spend an evening with this dinner cruise on Lake Wakatipu. Three course set menu. Beautiful food with substantial portions for entree and main. Highly recommend.

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Camiller Deeman

Absolutely fantastic, from the food to the friendly staff, even able to offer gluten free crackers as unable to book dietary requirements at booking requesting a real treat and wonderful experience

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Service is amazing. All the staff are friendly and attentive.
Food is delicious too especially the main. So much food we got offered. We ordered a bottle of pinot noir from Akarua which is very nice and with reasonable price. Overall it's a lovely dinning experience and highly recommended!

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My husband and I had an absolutely wonderful time. The staff were very friendly, attentive and welcoming. The food was incredible and the chef was extremely accommodating. We had one original and one vegetarian option and both were superb. Great value for money and an amazing evening out on the water.

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Dinner Cruise
Enjoyed our cruise in Queenstown. Excellent food, staff were super friendly and ave professional service.
Boat was very roomy with plenty of space to move around on board.
Would definitely recommend this experience.

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Highly recommend this dinner cruise .
Food was excellent and service the same
A highly recommend experience

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Raewyn Weir

What a delightful experience we had, the 3 course set menu food was fabulous and served with no fuss by very friendly attentive staff...would highly recommend this for anyone visiting Queenstown.

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