Queenstown: Hanging along Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand.

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?

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

Or was it The Remarkables mountain range opposite that caught the eye?

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

What about the greenery and views of the picturesque town of 16,600 or so?

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

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.

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

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.

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

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?

18 responses to “Queenstown: Hanging along Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand.

  1. Wow! What a beautiful lake.

    You’re right, those turquoise waters hypnotize anyone.

    Now you made me daydream of New Zealand!

    Great photos ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I really enjoyed Queenstown, much more than I thought as I’m not really the extreme sports type! The setting was really beautiful though and I loved relaxing by the lake.

    • They are not really my cup of tea either as I just chilled and soaked in the views around the lake. ๐Ÿ™‚ I did take on the Fergburger which I did not conquer haha. I do want to try zorbing next time in NZ though!

  3. Hey buddy! We LOVED Queenstown and actually were lucky enough to make it on the Travel Channel for their newest show “RIDE-iculous” (pun intended) and got to do the Canyon Swing and Shotover Jet Boating. Check it out here…


    We have been talking to heaps of Kiwis about what to do on the south island when we return there next summer (currently in Wellington for the winter) and EVERYONE said do the overnight cruise around Doubtful Sound. Unbelievably remote, picturesque, wild – you get the point. Good luck on your travels and if you are ever swinging through Wellington gives us a shout ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Will check out your guys post! Haven’t been to Doubtful Found. A cruise wow, can’t image the scenery you’d see. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, same to you. Will get to Wellington at some point, will give you guys a shoutout. Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. This is beautiful! The colors of the water in New Zealand blew me away when I was there. I never made it to Queenstown, but you can be sure I’ll be back!

    • Can’t believe all the beautiful blue waters around NZ. Will be back there, hopefully soon. myself! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Well, I am in love with Queenstown. There are a few other lakes I like hanging out at – Lake Wanaka for one, and also Moke Lake (just outside Queenstown) and the Mavora lakes. Beauty overload!

    • Can never have to much NZ beauty! ๐Ÿ™‚ The lake and town of Wanaka is a scenic, fun place to hang out at too. Loved the drive in-between there and Queenstown via the Cardrona Pass.

  6. That water quickly caught my attention. Looks awesome!

  7. Beautiful photos! Lake Taupo in the North Island is great for a cruise, very beautiful. And you watch heaps of people skydiving at the same time! I did love the mountains of Queenstown though.

    • Thank you Sarah! ๐Ÿ™‚ Haven’t made it to Lake Taupo yet, have heard great things, Cool on the cruise tip. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I’ve always heard about the adrenaline-rush side of Queenstown, and was on the fence about including it in my NZ itinerary. Thanks for highlighting the tranquil side — looks lovely!

    • No problem! Was great too just relax and soak in all the beautiful Queenstown scenery. Also, liked the city parks along Beach Street in the centre of town. Great for people watching, relaxing and enjoying a bite to eat.

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