Nestled amongst some of the most scenic vistas that New Zealand has to offer, Lake Wakatipu is one of the country’s most-visited tourist attractions. This lightning-shaped, inland lake carves through valleys made by glaciers from the surrounding mountains. Queenstown, dubbed ‘The Adventure Capital of the World’, sits on the bend of the lightning bolt. Jump onboard the iconic T.S.S Earnslaw or take the Queenstown Scenic Tour and bask in the beauty of this region.
Located at just a 20 minute drive from the city of Queenstown, the Moke Lake is the perfect place to spend a day at. Though slightly off the beaten track, the lake offers the most beautiful views of the mountains. When the water is still, it functions as nature’s mirror, reflecting the snow-capped mountains onto its surface. You can spend a day here, indulging in a variety of recreational activities, or just having a lakeside picnic.
Located at a mere 15 minute drive from the city of Queenstown and Arrowtown, Lake Hayes is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. It is one of the most picturesque lakes in all of New Zealand, and offers a stunning view of the surrounding mountains. The lake attracts a lot of runners, cyclists, and walkers who use the Lake Hayes Walkway to get some of the best views of the area – views which would not be accessible from a car. You could also spend some time here on a sunny afternoon, or have a picnic lunch here!