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The Queenstown Underwater Observatory


The Queenstown Underwater Observatory takes you below the surface of Lake Wakatipu, where you can see huge trout, eels, and diving ducks.

Opened in 1983, the observatory provides a window into underwater life, Lake Wakatipu style.

Queenstown Underwater Observatory. We thank them for use of this image.

Where is the Queenstown Underwater Observatory?

Located on Main Town Pier, Marine Parade Queenstown, the observatory is part of the Kawarau Jet (KJet) business, and is well worth a visit.

What will I see?

After descending down some stairs, you are met by some panoramic windows, looking directly into the lake.

Huge trout, wriggling eels, and cute diving ducks swim past, and we are always amazed at how large some of the trout are.

The entry fee is usually only a few dollars, and once inside you can pay a couple of dollars more for some fish food.

You eject the food into the lake and watch the frenzy begin.

Those little diving ducks are not shy and eagerly compete with the larger trout and eels for the food.

The kids love it.

Time Tripper

As part of the observatory, the owners have added an attraction called Time Tripper.

It's an underwater cinema, which takes you on a journey through time, covering Maori legend and the natural formation of New Zealand and Lake Wakatipu.

Did you know that the lake was formed by an ancient glacier?

There's an additional charge for Time Tripper.

The Queenstown Underwater Observatory is great fun for all the family, and is a great rainy day option.

Don't forget the KJet!

While you are at the Queenstown Underwater Observatory, take the opportunity to book your KJet ride.

It's an awesome experience.

If you have never been on a jetboat, be prepared for a surprise.

This clever kiwi invention was developed by a farmer to provide better access to remote parts of his farm. The unique thing about the jetboat is that it can operate in water just a few centimetres deep.

On our last KJet ride we raced up the Kawarau River towards some small rapids and wondered when the skipper was going to stop. But he just kept going! 

These things are truly amazing. KJet take you across Lake Wakatipu, and up the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers, on a thrill packed ride.

Reaching speeds of up to ninty five kilometres per hour, and capable of 360 degree spins, this has got to be one of the most exhilarating rides available.

The Kawarau Jet Queenstown