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Queenstown Underwater Observatory

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Address: Rees St | Marine Parade, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-442 8538
08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Check out the underwater inhabitants of Lake Wakatipu at Queenstown...

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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Interesting but short lived entertainment

You can't complain about the entry fee - $10 per adult and $5 per child 5-15 but once you're there you see all you're going to see in the first minute. Big trout and salmon and... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
Sydney, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good area for kids to view fishes in the lake. Not so expensive and we definitely coming back again.

Thank robert n
Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Boring and pricey! Last came here 30 odd years ago when I was young.. and it seems nothing has changed apart from its super boring downstairs, way overpriced at $10 an adult (should be 5) glass looks like it hadn't been cleaned since my last visit too. Child was interested for about 10 mins and that was it.

Thank Yessiryousir
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun for a few minutes, but definitely not worth $10, feels like a rip-off! A few fishes behind dirty glass.

Thank Ricko26
Metro Manila, Philippines
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11 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

"It's like an aquarium but the people are behind glass". The idea seems impressive but once you see it, you'll be very disappointed. The glasses are so dirty and there are not a lot of fish to see. You can be done with it in less than a minute. No exagerration. Do yourself a favour and just buy a chocolate... More 

Thank Dracarys007
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

You pay $10 per person to walk down a flight of stairs and look thru about five dirty windows at a few fish. They are fat because they are probably fed. Can see it all in less than five min. Do not go. An embarrassment to Queenstown.

1 Thank Surjoe
Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Cheap to view, with the option of feeding the fish, hard to believe all this is lying under the water, kids would get a lot out of it and some of the fish sizes are amazing.

1 Thank Bob S
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

You can't complain about the entry fee - $10 per adult and $5 per child 5-15 but once you're there you see all you're going to see in the first minute. Big trout and salmon and eels and diving ducks up close (you can pay $1 to feed the fish which attracts more) but that's it. Great to see them... More 

Thank BJ_on_hols
Queenstown, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We really enjoyed being able to visit the underwater observatory. It was interesting to see the different types of fish in the sound. I would have liked more info on the types of fish.

Thank vickiknopke
Invercargill, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

This was included with the lake cruise so we had a look. Gold coin to feed the ducks and fish...the kids loved watching the ducks diving down! An eel popped up from time to time, and there were loads of fish. I wouldn't pay extra to see this but the kids really enjoyed it. We spent about 10 minutes there.

Thank pddsk5
Durban, South Africa
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

An unusual and fun way to view the underwater life of the lake. Loved being able to feed the fish and eels and to watch the ducks diving.

Thank MoiraLonge66

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