Incat Crowther announced today the launch of Spirit of Queenstown. Built by Aluminium
Marine in Queensland for Southern Discoveries of New Zealand’s South Island, the 26m
catamaran Spirit of Queenstown will operate on Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu.
The vessel is currently being delivered to Queenstown, which will involve removal of the
vessel’s wheelhouse for transport overland by truck to the lake.
Incat Crowther was awarded the design contract on the basis of its ability to work within
the tight parameters of the New Zealand government environmental regulations, contributing
innovative thinking to develop a versatile and capable vessel, with a focus on low capital
and operational cost.
The vessel’s aesthetic was developed to integrate into Queenstown’s foreshore environment
without compromising the vessel functionality or performance.
Spirit of Queenstown is an efficient vessel that balances low fuel burn and passenger
comfort. Due to the remote nature of the operation, specific attention was given to the
development of durable systems, with a robust structure, conservative engine ratings, and
good machinery serviceability.
The vessel features 170 seats, 127 being inside the main deck passenger cabin. A kiosk
provides concession service aft. The outboard seats are arranged in booths with tables.
Large double doors provide access to the cabin from the aft boarding gates. The aft main
deck features three toilets and overhead hangers for bicycles. The upper deck features
wheelhouse and 43 exterior seats.
Spirit of Queenstown is powered by a pair of Yanmar 6HYM-WET main engines, each rated at
478kW. Propulsion is via fixed pitch propellers. The vessel has a top speed in excess of 27
|26m CATAMARAN PASSENGER FERRY
||Spirit of Queenstown
A low-impact ferry for operation by Southern Discoveries on New
Zealand's South Island
||4 800 litres
||2 x Yanmar 6HYM-WET
||2 x 478kW (650hp)@ 2100rpm
||2 x Propeller
||2 x Mase IS34T 33.7kVa
||Marine Grade Aluminium
||MNZ Part 40 A Enclosed Waters
Multi-million dollar Spirit of Queenstown well on her way to Bluff
Wednesday 14 August 2013, 12:56PM
BySouthern Public Relations
Multi-million dollar catamaran Spirit of Queenstown rounded Farewell Spit yesterday morning
(Tuesday August 13) after successfully crossing the Tasman Sea in three and a half days.
Queenstown’s newest tourism attraction will make her way down the east coast of the South Island over the next few
days before coming into port at Bluff at approximately 9am Thursday morning (August 15).
The cockpit of the purpose-built 26m high-speed catamaran will be removed at Bluff and the boat readied for
transport to Queenstown and her home on Lake Wakatipu.
She’ll be transported by road to Kingston on Tuesday 20th August over two days and lowered by crane into the lake
Engineers from Australian boat building company Aluminium Marine Pty Ltd of Brisbane are coming over to supervise
removal of the cockpit and its reinstatement at Kingston.
The Spirit of Queenstown will make her spectacular entrance into Queenstown Bay towards the end of next week.
Southern Discoveries General Manager John Robson said sea trials and the Tasman crossing had gone “exceptionally
well” and the skippers were very satisfied with the way the boat had performed.
“We’ve had daily updates from her crew and they’ve been impressed with how shemanoeuvresin the water. They’re excited to get her home to Lake Wakatipu,” Mr Robson
“We are excited to bring a new and unique tourism product to the Queenstown area to complement our Milford Sound
“We encourage everyone to come down, be a part of local history and wave her into the bay in style.”
Spirit of Queenstown will be moored at O’Regans Wharf on Lake Wakatipu and will operate unique tours to Mt Nicholas
Station for an authentic and nature-based experience.
From early November she will carry up to 150 passengers from Queenstown across the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu
to Mt Nicholas which boasts uninterrupted views to Mt Earnslaw and up the lake to Glenorchy, as well as rolling
hills, hidden valleys and lakes, and the opportunity to see a working high country station.
Experiences on offer at the normally inaccessible Mt Nicholas Station, which has undergone some developments in
order to host trips, will includewoolshedexperience, ½ day high country walks,,cycling andmusterersafari trips into the high country.
“We can’t wait for her official launch and maiden voyage which will incorporate an official Maori blessing to
welcome her to the lake,” said Mr Robson.
Thursday, 15 August, 2013 - 16:43
Multi-million dollar catamaran Spirit of Queenstown safely
arrived in Bluff, Southland today (Thursday August 15) after successfully traversing around the coast of New
Zealand over the last few days.
The cockpit of the purpose-built 26m high-speed catamaran
will be removed at Bluff and the boat readied for transport to Queenstown and her home on Lake Wakatipu.
She’ll be transported by road to Kingston on Tuesday 20th
August over two days and lowered by crane into the lake next Thursday 22 August.
The Spirit of Queenstown is on track to make her
spectacular entrance into Queenstown Bay towards the end of next week.
Southern Discoveries General Manager John Robson said she
made "a spectacular sight" as she came into port just before 9am today.
New cat to get road ride to lake berth
JOHN HAWKINS/Fairfax NZ
Southern Discoveries’ new catamaran Spirit of Queenstown arrived in Bluff yesterday.
It will not be plain sailing for Queenstown's newest catamaran.
The Spirit of Queenstown docked in Bluff yesterday, but is about to be dismantled before it travels to Queenstown
The 26-metre catamaran travelled from Brisbane on Saturday, making its way around Farewell Spit on Tuesday morning
before reaching Bluff at 8.45am yesterday.
The boat, the newest addition to the Southern Discoveries fleet, will be loaded on to a truck next Tuesday after
its cockpit is removed, and transported to Queenstown.
It will be lowered by crane onto Lake Wakatipu on Thursday.
Sales and marketing manager Anita Golden said it had been a long journey for the Australian boat, but two
Queenstown-based skippers had accompanied it and were "very happy" with its features.
The purpose-built boat would be operational from November, carrying passengers between Queenstown and Mt Nicholas
General manager John Robson said the boat would be moored at O'Reagans Wharf on the lake, but he hoped people would
take the opportunity to see it being lowered into the lake.
"We encourage everyone to come down, be a part of local history and wave her into the bay in style," Mr Robson
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