New cat to get road ride to lake berth
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 on Tuesday.
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 Station.
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 said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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