Queenstown, on the South Island of New Zealand, is known to many as the adventure capital of the world. It’s a resort town with lots of fun to be had. Lots of times you’ll find movie crews from all over the world set up shop there.
During my brief time there, I found myself hanging out along Lake Wakatipu quite a bit. It was very quiet and peaceful. Was it the turquoise waters that attracted me?
Or was it The Remarkables mountain range opposite that caught the eye?
What about the greenery and views of the picturesque town of 16,600 or so?
It was probably all those things and more. The lake is the result of a trench carved by a glacier and is 400+ meters deep in spots.
According to Maori legend though it is the “hollow of the giant.” It says that the lake was formed when an evil giant was set on fire by an adventurous youth. This heat melted the ice and snow of the surrounding mountains which then filled in the long hollow. The rise and fall of Lake Wakatipu’s waters, around 15 centimeters every five minutes or so, is said to be caused my the giant’s heartbeat.
It was the perfect spot to hangout and chill outside at while in Queenstown. Will have to grab a boat and get on the turquoise waters next time.
Checkout my previous photo of hanging out along the water at the beach in Queenstown in Photo of the Week: Along the Queenstown Shore..
What other lakes in New Zealand would you recommend checking out and chilling at along the shore?