We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Queenstown Underwater Observatory

Features Animals
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Rees St | Marine Parade, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-442 8538
Website
Today
08:30 - 17:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description:

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$ 92.84*
and up
Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 164 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 24
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 30
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Expensive too see spouts.

Recommended only if you go with free( combo with jet boat) otherwise cost dollar 10 not worth for that amount.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
linsona2016
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

164 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 149: English reviews
Level Contributor
24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recommended only if you go with free( combo with jet boat) otherwise cost dollar 10 not worth for that amount.

Helpful?
Thank linsona2016
Greenlane, New Zealand
Level Contributor
46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did not do the jet boat so I had a coupon as a 2 for 1 offer through visitors free mag. So I had paid $5 per person instead of as a freebie. Good only if you love seein' fish and ducks. You have to pay for feed to see them go into a frenzy. $1. I enjoyed it... More 

Helpful?
Thank Blake L
Surfers Paradise, Australia
Level Contributor
15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Got a free viewing as part of kjet ticket. Can't believe they would charge more than a dollar to view this underwater area! You'll see a handful of large fish and some diving ducks but really not worth paying for.

Helpful?
Thank taff22
Kolkata, India
Level Contributor
223 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Good only if its free and included. Do not pay separately to go there. It is ok if its part of your KJet boating ticket.

Helpful?
Thank sanjoy
Tauranga, New Zealand
Level Contributor
23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

I like fishing for trout and it was interesting to see some huge ones swimming around with the diving ducks and the resident eel but not worth $10 per adult,I am afraid.

Helpful?
Thank Des T
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This was a really interesting view for kids and adults. The water is so clear and for $1 you can release food into the water and watch the diving ducks, trout and eels feed.

Helpful?
Thank Natasha31113111
Kolkata
Level Contributor
181 reviews
149 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

The Underwater World is located just off Marine Parade, next to the Twin Rivers Jet and Parabungy attractions, and consists of a submerged gallery, providing underwater views and a chance to experience the wildlife in the waters surrounding the town. The 'diving' ducks serve as a particular favorite for many, while others prefer to pay a visit to the nearby... More 

Helpful?
Thank ArghyaKolkata
Marlborough Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

I really enjoyed this place. It is $10 each to enter but it was great fun and there was a machine where you could pay $1 to feed the ducks and the fish! It was well worth it in my opinion, I had never seen ducks dive like that before! and the fish were huge! We sat on the seat... More 

Helpful?
Thank dandyash
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

The tour guide was really puffing up the potential for great white sharks coming into the Lake. I don't think so. it is basically a submerged building with some wire baskets attached to the outside so you could see some underwater plants and then some tiny little fish swimming by in the cloudy water. and we were there on a... More 

Helpful?
Thank annette231
Berkeley, California
Level Contributor
586 reviews
260 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The observatory here is pretty simple; an acrylic wall maybe 10-15 feet under water that lets you get a fish eye view of the lake. A cluster of salmon, trout, and native ducks take up residence there waiting for food pellets to drop…1 NZD per feed but they release a good amount of pellets each time so it’s better than... More 

Helpful?
Thank Retinol13

Travellers who viewed Queenstown Underwater Observatory also viewed

Queenstown, Otago Region
Queenstown, Otago Region
 
Queenstown, Otago Region
Queenstown, Otago Region
 

Been to Queenstown Underwater Observatory? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Queenstown Underwater Observatory staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?