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Dazzling Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand's longest lake. Shaped like an inverted "n" it is a highlight of a trip to Queenstown, which nestles against a curve near the middle of the lake. During the last ice age a huge glacier carved out the lake, which sinks to a depth of 1,300 feet (400 meters).The surrounding mountains that fed the glacier provide a dramatic backdrop to the crystal waters.

Atmospheric pressures cause the lake to rise and fall about 5 inches (12 centimeters) every 5 minutes. This gave rise to the Maori legend that the rise and fall of the water is the heartbeat of a giant who lies slumbering under the water.

The magnificent lake was the location for the Lothlorein scenes in The Lord of the Rings movie. If you’d like to get out on the water the most genteel way is to climb aboard the refurbished vintage steamship the TSS Earnslaw. Cruises across the lake will take you to Walter Peak where you can see a working high-country farm.

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The lake runs along the southern edge of Queenstown and the bars and restaurants on the shoreline are a lovely place to while away the summer evenings.

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Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings

4.5 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

If you’re a movie fan or lover of beautiful landscapes, take the opportunity to see film locations from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ films on this Middle-earth tour ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.55

Best Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown including Scenic Flight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Experience the wonderful and breathtaking Milford Sound from the land, sea and sky on this full-day tour from Queenstown. Seethe world-famous fiord in all its ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $410.07

Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Get a taste of New Zealand farm life with dinner at Walter Peak Country Farm. Start your evening cruising along the calm waters of Lake Wakatipu from ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.86

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown including Helicopter Flight

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Treat yourself to the ultimate Milford Sound experience on this day trip from Queenstown that allows you to see this world-famous fiord region by land, sea and ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $626.79

Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Hang on during this thrilling jet boat ride that travels at high speeds on two rivers, covering more ground with a longer time out on the water than similar ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $81.11

Lake Wakatipu Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown

Enjoy exploring New Zealand’s gorgeous Lake Wakatipu on a catamaran cruise from Queenstown. Surrounded by stunning mountains including the Remarkables and the ...  Read more

Location: Milford Sound, New Zealand
Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes

From USD $35.69

Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

Feel your adrenaline soar as you zoom along Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River during a 1-hour Queenstown jet boat ride. Admire the Remarkables Range, Kelvin ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $77.86

Lake Wakatipu Cruise and Mt Nicholas High Country 4WD Tour

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Discover New Zealand’s Lake Wakatipu and Mt Nicholas high country on a catamaran cruise and 4WD tour from Queenstown. Cruise to the lake’s western shore while ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.66

Small-Group Historical Walking Tour on the Lakeview Trail with Transport from Queenstown

Take a guided walk through nature and step back to the past on the historic Lakeview Trail, only a short distance from downtown Queenstown in Mt Crichton ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.08

Lake Wakatipu Nature Walking Tour from Queenstown

Take a half-day walking tour along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to immerse yourself in some of the spectacular landscape of the South Island, just outside of ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $69.43

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