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Central Water Taxis offer family friendly lake cruises on Lakes Dunstan and Roxburgh. There is an option of trying your luck for a fish while on a cruise.

We also bring you affordable bike transfers on the Roxburgh Gorge trail along the Clutha River, Central Otago.

We have a family friendly focus and offer great deals for families as “Kids Go Free” (conditions apply).

Your skipper, Phil McGimpsey, has had a lifelong connection to Central Otago.  Growing up in Invercargill he spent many happy holidays in the region and grew to love the lakes and rivers and recreational opportunities Central provides.  He was based in Alexandra for 10 years before going farming at Moa Flat in West Otago for 20 years.

On returning to Central, Phil is now able to bring his wealth of boating and recreational fishing experience to enable you to share the area he loves and enjoys.  Holding Skipper Restricted Limits (SRL), the commercial skipper’s ticket required to operate his vessel, he welcomes you to the lakes on the Clutha River.

The boat is Bonnie Doon, a 7.5 m Stabicraft surveyed as a passenger vessel. The vessel is equipped with a Honda 250 hp outboard and a Honda 10 hp outboard as an auxiliary.  A full inventory of safety equipment is carried and available for inspection upon request. Bonnie Doon has comfortable seats and clients are sheltered from hot sun and wind or rain with a canopy over the seating area.

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Bike Transfers

The development of the Clyde to Middlemarch Rail Trail was the catalyst for cycle tourism in Central Otago. An extensive network of cycle trails now traverses this region. The Roxburgh Gorge Trail forms part of this network and requires a boat transfer via Lake Roxburgh on the middle section between Doctors Point and Shingle Creek.

Central Water Taxis is an official partner of the Roxburgh Gorge Trail and welcomes you aboard to enjoy the scenic transfer Rox Trail logo image


Bonnie Doon can carry eight clients and their cycles in a safe and secure manner.

Morning and afternoon transfers available.

$110 per person for 2-3 clients; $90 per person for 4-8 clients.

If one person wishes to travel on their own, please contact us to discuss options.

“Kids Go Free” : A child up to and including 15 years of age travels for free when accompanied by an adult, one child per adult.


Cancellation policies apply.


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Lake Cruises

Join Phil on a scenic cruise on either Lake Dunstan or Lake Roxburgh.

Both lakes have a rich history. Maori used the great river Mata-au for transportation and food gathering.

Early European explorers soon found gold and remnants of the rich gold mining history remain, particularly on Lake Roxburgh.

The region was divided into runs carrying merino’s for fine wool production early in European settlement. Irrigation brought horticultural production with the Central Otago region renowned for its stone fruit and more recently, excellent wine.

Hydro-electric development began with the building of the Roxburgh Dam creating Lake Roxburgh in the 1950’s and then the Clyde Dam and the formation of Lake Dunstan in the 1980’s.


Our standard cruise is approximately three hours in duration and you can choose either Lake Dunstan or Lake Roxburgh. Morning and afternoon cruises are available.

$150 per person for 2-4 clients; $100 per person for 5-8 clients. For larger groups please contact us to discuss options. Bonnie Doon can carry up to 19 passengers.

“Kids Go Free” : A child up to and including 15 years of age travels for free when accompanied by an adult, one child per adult.

Fishing option – available on both lakes. As part of the scenic cruise you may wish to try your hand at catching a fish. On the booking page please tick the box indicating your interest in fishing. We will contact you to discuss details. Some fishing gear is available to hire or bring your own. A fishing licence is required. Day (or Season) licences can be purchased from Fish and Game NZ on-line or at a sports shop.

Once booking is confirmed, we will contact you to discuss your preferred departure point

Please note that there is no jetty at the Alexandra launching ramp on Lake Roxburgh. A reasonable level of agility is required to board the vessel from this location.


Cancellation policies apply.


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Terms & Conditions

Cancellation Policy

We reserve the right to alter or cancel any cruise, to ensure comfort and safety of passengers. In this event, we may be able to offer a cruise on the alternative lake to ensure your trip is as enjoyable as possible.

Options will be determined on the day by the skipper and on consultation with passengers. You will not be charged for any extra costs associated with these changes being made.

If it is determined by Central Water Taxis that a trip must be cancelled altogether because of weather or river conditions, the choice of an alternative cruise date or a refund will be offered to passengers.

Refunds may not be given for cancellation of bookings by passengers, if made within 24 hours of tour departure.

For cancellations made with more than 24 hours’ notice, a refund may be given, less any administration costs, if applicable.

In exceptional circumstances refunds can be made at the discretion of Central Water Taxis.



Your safety is of the utmost importance to us.  All practical steps will be taken to ensure passenger safety and comfort for all services. 

Safety instructions and a briefing will be conducted at the beginning of every cruise.  Please listen carefully and follow all instructions of the Skipper.

Lifejackets are supplied by the operator and must be worn at all times.

Smoking is not permitted on our vessel.

We do not accept liability for injuries, accidents or medical events resulting from your participation in our services.

All maritime activities of this nature are associated with some element of risk. The safety of our passengers is top priority and any risks have been carefully identified and managed.  New Zealand maritime activities are stringently governed and audited.


Pricing and payments

All prices are inclusive of GST, unless otherwise stated.

For the purpose of bookings, children are persons up to and including 15 years of age. 

“Kids go Free” applies to any cruise or cycle transfer where there is a minimum of two full fare paying adults, with each adult able to take one child for free.

In the event of a refund, in some instances there may be administration fees which are non-refundable. 

Central Water Taxis will not be held liable for any fraud resulting from provision of your details online, including credit card. We do endeavour to use secure facilities. You may provide credit card details over the phone to secure bookings and make payments, if you prefer.


Privacy Policy

We collect personal information from you, including information about your:

phone number
email address
billing or purchase information

We collect your personal information in order to:

contact you if we need to
a list of persons on board on each trip is a requirement of Maritime New Zealand and is used in the event of an emergency

You have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about you, and to ask for it to be corrected if you think it is wrong. If you’d like to ask for a copy of your information, or to have it corrected, please contact us at info@centralwatertaxis.co.nz

Get in touch.

Contact information

Phil McGimpsey