Lake Wakatipu is the backdrop for a luxury voyage on board the yacht, Pacific Jemm, which is meeting a demand from visitors who want an exclusive cruising experience close to Queenstown.
Owned by the Imperium Collection, which has cornered Queenstown’s luxury boutique market with its Eichardt’s Private Hotel and The Spire, the sleek high-performance 24-metre super yacht is the epitome of Italian design and fully equipped to provide extravagant hospitality on the lake.
While bespoke itineraries can be tailored for guests Eichardt’s food and beverage general manager James Worthington recommends a few new options this summer including the Discover-Fly-Feast package.
“Guests head out on a cruise of Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy followed by a helicopter charter over the Southern Alps to the West Coast. There they relax on a remote beach enjoying delicious anti pasta platters, champagne and fine wines prepared by our head chef Trent Watson and his team. Meanwhile the crew head out and catch fresh West Coast crayfish to cook on the return cruise home – it doesn’t get much better than that.”
There are options to stay on board overnight in the Pacific Jemm’sfour deluxe suites which, along with the other amenities, are state-of-the-art.
“The yacht is fully equipped with three expansive terraces providing the perfect vantage point to explore some of the hidden spots out on the lake and take advantage of those instagram worthy mountain vistas,” says James. “Guests can enjoy a fully stocked bar, entertainment area, multiple dining options from formal to relaxed seating along with a foredeck which features a large sun pad designed for holiday relaxing– it’s completely sumptuous.”
Summer day cruises are also available with trips out to Pig & Pigeon Island on Lake Wakatipu and quick excursions to link up with nature walks accessible by boat. Station to station bike tours can be arranged providing access to high country farm tracks which enable cycling along the lake edge.
“We do cater for small groups or couples looking to join others on a stand-alone day cruise or groups wanting to walk or mountain bike. There’s a chance to cast a line out to fish for fresh trout or salmon which can be cooked up by our private chefs while taking in the wonderful scenic views on the lake.”
The Pacific Jemm Sunset Cruise is a popular choice during summer.
“The Sunset Cruise is an ideal ‘end of day’ experience given the sun sets late on Lake Wakatipu at around 10.00pm,” says James. “Our team serve drinks and canapés or platters onboard as guests relax and enjoy the perfect spot on the lake to view the sunset. It’s really quite magical.”