Holiday goers will be treated to Queenstown’s first-ever dinner cruise thanks to a collaboration between tourism operator Southern Discoveries and one of the town’s top restaurateurs. The dinner cruise will be available this summer aboard Southern Discoveries’ newly furbished catamaran, Spirit of Queenstown.

The dinner set menu called ‘trust the chef’ was designed by a successful restaurateur with several well-established restaurants locally. The catamaran is in the process of refurbishment, with an investment of over $200,000. Once completed, it will include a full-service bar with a selection of local craft beers courtesy of Altitude Brewing, Akarua wines and artisan soft drinks, as well as a new kitchen fit for serving up to three courses of hot and cold dishes.

“The Spirit of Queenstown Dinner Cruise will be a completely new experience for Queenstown and unlike any other dinner cruise found internationally,” said Tim Hunter, CEO at Southern Discoveries. “It will combine a truly authentic local dining experience with the unparalleled views and serenity that only a lake cruise in one of the world’s most spectacular destinations can offer.”

Hunter added that the experience would reflect the flavours and relaxed style of dining that the region is known for such as utilising ingredients sourced locally and meals served on rustic wooden platters to share.