Queenstown, South Island

Travel back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Head on down to our underwater viewing chamber and travel back in time to learn how Lake Wakatipu was formed.

The story is narrated by world famous New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison.

Discover the legend of Lake Wakatipu and its sleeping giant!

Time Tripper is a state-of-the-art animated show situated under Lake Wakatipu!

Time Tripper

Time Tripper is Queenstown’s only underwater experience!

Head under the lake with us into our freshly renovated underwater cinema. The famous fish, diving ducks and slinky eels are viewable, but you’ll see a lot more after the show (when they get fed!).
Once everyone is settled, a large screen descends covering the viewing windows and your time travel pilot will make himself known.
First watch the beautiful Māori Legend of Lake Wakatipu unfold.  Then your time travel Jet roars into life and you ‘take off’ from the Main Town Pier, high above the Queenstown of today.  Suddenly you’ll take a jump back in time….90 million years. We’re still in Queenstown, slightly warmer and part of the huge land mass, Gondwanaland. As we descend under the water you’ll discover many aquatic creatures that lived and died in these waters millions of years ago.

But where are the dinosaurs we keep hearing about? At around 65 million years ago your time travel pilot passes through the Cretaceous period, pauses for the famous meteor that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs and continues to guide you towards present day.
Hold on for a first-hand view of the rock walls grinding and the formation of Lake Wakatipu from inside the giant glacier that carved it out 15,000 years ago. A quick pause at 750 years ago (keep an eye out for the Tuatara) your pilot then waits for clearance to land and docks back at the Main Town Pier. The screens will rise up to reveal the long-fin eels, rainbow and brown trout and the diving ducks all in abundance, with 10-15 minutes of underwater viewing and watching the frenzy as they get fed!

Sessions are quarter past and quarter to the hour, every 30 minutes. 10am – 8pm.
Price: $10 per adult, $5 per child (3-14) and free for ages 0-2.
Time Tripper is suitable for all ages, although young children must be accompanied.​

Time Tripper - birthday under the lake!

Experience a birthday party under the lake!
Head into a birthday room under the lake for a fun birthday experience. We can accommodate up to 30 guests in one session and include a free return voucher for the birthday child. Birthday party rates available on request.

Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.