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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.
Tours To Lake Wakatipu
Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $154
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $47
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Lake Wakatipu Reviews
My wife and I were on a Lord of the Rings tour and visited this area. The scenery is lovely and the lake is impressive. more »
From our hotel window in the outskirts of Queenstown, we had a spectacular view of beautiful Lake Wakatipu every morning and night. A stroll along Marine Parade in the city center provided yet... more »
Absolutely stunning!!! Natural beauty and untouched world. This lake is pure, water is clean and covers a large area (from Kingston to Queenstown). These pictures are from 2018 Summer. Water is still very cold; swimming in the water is not an option... There are lots of water activity including speed boat, kayaking etc. Must visit place in South Island in New Zealand.
Wonderful part of New Zealand. Queenstown is the main place to set out to do things on the lake, especially the coal fired steamer that takes you round it. Views are spectacular, especially on a bright sunny day with mountains reflecting in the water. Can be a strong wind blowing down the lake.
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