Set amidst breathtaking natural backdrops, Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s third largest lake and offers plenty of fun activities to enjoy as well. Here’s what you need to know before a visit!
Discovering the Lake
Shaped somewhat like a lightning bolt, Lake Wakatipu can be found in the country’s South Island in the town of Queenstown. Ski resort options are located along the shore including properties like Oaks Club Resort. Surrounded by mountains, the lake actually occupies a space that was carved out by ancient glaciers.
A Maori Legend
One of the unique features here is the fact that due to its shape, the lake has something like a “standing wave”; the water rises and falls about 10 cm periodically. According to Maori legend, this is due to the heartbeat of “Matau”, a monster that lies asleep at the bottom of Lake Wakatipu!
Thrill-seekers have much to look forward to; you can speed across the water on a jet boat as part of the KJet experience or take to the skies to get a bird’s eye view while parasailing above the lake. For something unique you can take an adrenaline-fuelled ride on the semi-submersible shark (yes shark!) known as Hydro Attack that goes both above and below the water.
A great way to explore the lake and its surroundings is by taking a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw, a fully operational steamship or by joining the Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Tour. Alternatively, you can also try some paddleboarding or some trout fishing too.
Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+