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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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  • The city of Queenstown lies on the shore of the Lake. It is as big as it felt like a sea. Out by tour boat or shark boat tours on the Lake, including lot, fun ways.
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  • It's bloody freezing at this time of year, so I don't recommend going for a swim. Head along the Glenorchy road and there are a few good stop-offs within minutes of leaving QT. 
  • We are staying at the Garden court and have now walked to the lake several times. The views are absolutely incredible and if you get down to the lake for sunrise even better. This is a must do activit...  more »