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Queenstown Underwater Observatory

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Rees St | Marine Parade, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
+64 3-442 8538
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Check out the underwater inhabitants of Lake Wakatipu at Queenstown Underwater Observatory. See the diving ducks, massive trout and slinky eels just metres from the lakeshore. Conveniently located on the Main Town Pier at the lake, the Underwater Observatory offers fascinating and informative entertainment for all ages in all weather. Feeding the fish offers excitement for the fish, as well as the viewers. Two species of trout are on display - the Brown imported from Europe around 100 years ago and the Rainbow, a North American import. Scaup Ducks dive among the fish for food while the NZ Long Finned Eel gliding through the water could live up to 90 years and weigh up to 16 kilos (35lbs)! Underwater Observatory is possibly the best value attraction available in Queenstown.
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Rees St | Marine Parade, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
+64 3-442 8538
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Reviewed 2 days ago

For NZ$10, one can descend to a small chamber and view rainbow and brown trout, some salmon, eels, and ducks swimming through decent-sized glass panels. For NZ$1, one can drop feed into the lake and witness the feeding frenzy. Not a place to stay beyond...More

Thank SY S
Reviewed 1 week ago

For $10 an adult the underwater observatory is well worth the money! When you get down there you will be amazed by the sky blue water of Lake Wakatipu and all of the large fish that swim by! You may even see an eel if...More

Thank madi_rose3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't imagine anyone paying $10 to enter this but it's where K Jet tries to sell you the photos and video after your trip. It has one wall with windows where you should see a lot of fish because they feed them there. Not...More

Thank mrdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is worth spending a few bucks in this place. People should be aware of what to expect as it is not an aquarium or a museum, it is an observatory. You can see and feed Trout, Salmon and the most amazing: ducks. It is...More

Thank franzferdinand17
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent view of the lake fish. Kids love it as you are immersed in their world. Easy to get to it's just off the main jetty for the shot over jet departures

Thank Anna M
Reviewed 22 October 2017

The underwater observatory is below the jetty used by the water jets. It cost NZ$10.00 for adults but our entry fee was included in the price of a water jet ride. We found it captivating. Panoramic windows give you a good view of huge eels,...More

Thank CrewCommander
Reviewed 15 October 2017

If you want to see interesting fish you’re better off downloading an aquarium screen saver. Couldn’t even feed these boring fish as they were supposedly full. The only saving grace was seeing how far down the ducks could swim

Thank Johngrimesh
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

It's worth a visit just to see the huge trout and eels through the huge windows. If you do the KJet ride ( recommended), you'll be invited To go down to look at the photos of your experience. The staff are relaxed, friendly and fun....More

Thank Derren21
Reviewed 24 September 2017

$10 entry, if you go on jet boat you get to go downstairs for free. Don't spend the money. Fish are huge.

Thank sherryhumphreys2016
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Very interesting and relaxing. We only spend about 45 minutes there, but we talked about the size of the fish for the next hour

Thank timothy m
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