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. 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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  • What better way to enjoy Lake Wakatipu by taking a leasurely boat tour which takes in the local community, spectacular scenery and a friendly boat skipper  more »
  • Just south of Queenstown this place is a large off road site for scenic picnics and also ideal as an overnight stop for self contained freedom camping. It is far enough off the main road for the traff...  more »
  • Beautiful spot and fun to people watch! Lots of cafes, restaurants, shops and other popular tourist attractions are just minutes away. Street performers and buskers and people selling crafts. The man ...  more »