New Queenstown catamaran service to launch on Lake Wakatipu

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A multi-million dollar high-speed tourist catamaran service between Queenstown and Mt Nicholas Station will commence service next summer.

Tourism company Southern Discoveries announced today (Tuesday) that it’s signed on the dotted line for a purpose-built catamaran to be known as Spirit of Queenstown.

The company will be the only one offering excursions to Mt Nicholas Station which will undergo some developments to host the trip.

The boat has been designed by Brett Crowther of naval architects Incat Crowther and will be built by Aluminium Marine Pty Ltd of Brisbane.

Once finished she’ll be sailed to Bluff then transported to Kingston where she’ll be launched on Lake Wakatipu.

Southern Discoveries, which also owns the Queenstown Princess catamaran, recently bought a third share of the former Ngai Tahu Property jetty in Queenstown Bay.

The company also owns a half-share in KJet, formerly known as Kawarau Jet.

“The latest investment is one we have been discussing and planning for more than a year, so it’s hugely exciting to be able to finally announce that we’re going ahead,” Southern Discoveries general manager John Robson says.

Southern Discoveries, which also operates the former Milford Sound Red Boats, is owned by Queenstown-based Skeggs Group.