Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

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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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  • It’s a lake, beautiful set between the hills adds much character to Queenstown. Lots of animals and people hang out here mainly because it’s a lake  more »
  • Lake Wakatipu is stunning doesn't matter if your boating, walking, swimming, canoeing or any other activity you choose it is such clear beautiful lake with stunning scenery ...  more »
  • We would. This lake was fantastic. We loved the whole area, but the lake frames the city and adds much charm and opportunities for relaxation and the sheer enjoyment of nature.  more »

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To enjoy views of Lake Wakatipu in a luxury setting, try one of the many boutique and long-established hotels of the downtown area. As a resort town, Queenstown also offers a range of more modest accommodations, ideal for adventurers, backpackers, and those eager to spend more time outside than in. These come in the form of hostels, rental apartments, campsites, and suburban motels. A good local bus service provides connections between the downtown and suburban areas, and out to the surrounding attractions, and many accommodations offer package tours.
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