Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

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Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Occupying a crater carved by glaciers, Lake Wakatipu resembles a lightning bolt in shape. Surrounded by towering mountain ranges, the lake draws tourists looking for an adrenaline rush along nearby ski fields, paragliding spots, and bungee jumping sites. Because of its unusual shape, the lake has a strange tide that rises and falls by 10 cm (3.9 in) every 25 minutes; Maori legends link this to the heartbeat of a huge monster named Matau. The beaches here serve as popular swimming spots during the summer and the lake itself offers year-round trout fishing. For those looking just to sightsee, a vintage steamboat, the T.S.S. Earnslaw, cruises the lake every day. Plan to see Lake Wakatipu and other attractions that appeal to you using our Queenstown online vacation planner.
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  • Beautiful views all around, we were lucky with the weather in that we had clear skies and fresh snow on the mountains 
    Beautiful views all around, we were lucky with the weather in that we had clear skies and fresh snow on the mountains  more »
  • The views from our room were absolutely thrilling with the colours of the waters changing every 3 hours of the day. Mesmerising. We did not want to leave our room, but having booked some sight seeing....  more
    The views from our room were absolutely thrilling with the colours of the waters changing every 3 hours of the day. Mesmerising. We did not want to leave our room, but having booked some sight seeing....  more »
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  • Finest place to be here. More time you spend more you want to be here.
  • Lucky to live here amazing views every where you look

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