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Lake Wakatipu, South Island

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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 Lake Tekapo attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Lake Tekapo tourist route planner.
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  • 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 »
  • 瓦卡蒂普湖是新西兰的第三大湖泊,呈倒九十度的Z字型,如果自驾从金士顿前往皇后镇,车几乎是贴着湖边开的,真的是一步一美景,沿途也有不少可供停车的地方或观关景台。如果要从高处欣赏瓦卡蒂湖的美景,可在皇后镇登高观赏。 
  • Dear Madam/Sir, RE: Lake Wakatipu is known for its tranquility is a lovely sight from the scenic drive on way to Queenstown from Te Anau The sight of the magnificent lake along the curves of the drive...  more »