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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. So jump on board the iconic T.S.S Earnslaw or take the Queenstown Scenic Tour and bask in the beauty of this region.
As a result of the lake’s unusual shape, Lake Wakatipu experiences a sort of ‘tide’ that causes the water levels to rise up and down rhythmically every half an hour. Maori folk tales speak of a massive beast that was burned but left its heart behind, in the depths of the lake, still beating which is responsible for the tide of the lake.
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