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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 provide a dramatic backdrop to the crystal waters, all of which was featured as the location for the Lothlorein scenes in The Lord of the Rings.

Atmospheric pressures cause the lake to rise and fall about five inches (12 cm) every five 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.

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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Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown, Queenstown, null
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Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown

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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 $94.11
Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown, Queenstown, Dining Experiences
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Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

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Experience rural New Zealand as you're taken on a walking tour of the farm. Learn about traditional farming practices and the significance of the various ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $43.04
Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers

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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 $94.11
Paradise Valley Full Day Tour, Queenstown, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Paradise Valley Full Day Tour

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Paradise Valley full day tour is the perfect activity for families and small groups, offering flexibility to accommodate your personal interests whether they ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $288.15
Lake Wakatipu Cruise and Mt Nicholas High Country 4WD Tour, Queenstown, Day Trips
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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 $54.71
Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride, Queenstown, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

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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 $91.19
Lake Wakatipu Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown, Queenstown, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Lake Wakatipu Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown

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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 $40.12
Lake Wakatipu Nature Walking Tour from Queenstown, Queenstown, Day Cruises
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Lake Wakatipu Nature Walking Tour from Queenstown

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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 $79.52
Bike Hire in Queenstown, Queenstown, Walking Tours
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Bike Hire in Queenstown

We have a great range of bikes for hire. Mountain bikes, cruiser bikes, electric bikes, fat bikes, kids’ bikes, ladies’ bikes, bikes with baby ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $13.86
Half-Day Wakatipu Basin 4WD Tour from Queenstown, Queenstown, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Half-Day Wakatipu Basin 4WD Tour from Queenstown

Enjoy a thrilling off road adventure tour while discovering Lord of The Rings filming locations. This adventure packed tour gives a great overview of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $134.96

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