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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  • Looking at the big and small lakes, I like the Lake Wakatipu, the bright and fresh water color, people want to sit on the lake all day overlooking the far side, and the family to enjoy this nature gives us the shock and feeling.
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  • The town of queenstown is based around this beautiful huge lake and one can spend quality time sitting alongside in city or taking a bike ride along the track running at the edge of the lake from the ...  more »
  • This lake and the pebble beach is such a highlight- we love walking along each time we visit Queenstown.  more »
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  • Came during summer. My favourite lake in South Island. View from the main pier is phenomenal - could stare at it all day. Like pretty much all New Zealand lakes, it’s very well maintained. Photo taken with an iPhone without any editing.
  • Well it can't get better than this, amazing views and scenery. Gotta visit this place during a summer day. Unfortunately when we went around this place it was raining but still thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • Breath taking, naturally Photoshoped scenery. So blue and calm like a mirror. It's the same amazing every time we are here.
  • The walk from Jardine Park and Jack's point is great
  • Another stunning lake in New Zealand! Very blue, very clear and very beautiful with the mountains in the background. Definitely worth hiring a car and taking a trip down here for some amazing photos and scenic views!
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