Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

4.8
#5 of 23 in Parks in Queenstown
Water Body · Nature / Park
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.
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  • We could not get enough of this view, it is a true eye feast. Everything is perfect, pretty, and clean. The water is crisp, clear, and cool and there is so much to do in, and on the lake.  more »
  • We did not like Queenstown at all... Stupid prices asked by everyone everywhere. We found ourselves with spare Bread and went down to Lake Wakatipu and the Ducks were very happy to see is and eat....  more »
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  • 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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