Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

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#7 of 15 in Nature in Otago Region
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Lake Wakatipu and many more Queenstown attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Queenstown tourist route planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    If you are in Queenstown, you can't miss the lake. The lake has an interesting history and cold but absolutely breadth taking. It's huge and worth a hike  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    views are just amazing!!!! you could just sit back and take In the stunning surroundings all day. lots of different activities to do on this lake :) demo recommend checking this out  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Lake Wakatipu is one of the larger lakes in New Zealand's South Island with plenty to see a trip on the SS Earnslaw is a must but only when the weather is good,  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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