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Lake Wakatipu

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Address: Queenstown, New Zealand
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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US$53.84*
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Lake Wakatipu Cruise and Mt Nicholas High Country 4WD Tour
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Lake Wakatipu Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown
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Half-Day Wakatipu Basin 4WD Tour from Queenstown

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Long Lake!!!!!!

Beautiful Lake, I drove it to Glenorchy and I skydived over it, and I took a small plane ride to Milford Sound and flew over this lake.... simply gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

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Carolina, Puerto Rico
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Carolina, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful Lake, I drove it to Glenorchy and I skydived over it, and I took a small plane ride to Milford Sound and flew over this lake.... simply gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent 4 days in and around Queenstown and the many views of Lake Wakatipu were stunning. Lots of amazing sunrises, sunsets, and fabulous views from the gondola. Plenty of interesting walks of various lengths around the edge of the lake. We stayed at Highview Apartments and the walk to / from the centre of Queenstown was different each day.

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Thank Chrissie S
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amazing clear blue water coupled with a mountain back drop with a bustling town centre with picture perfect views is what we experiences from our motel room. There are cruises to choose from and enjoy time out on the lake

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The lake is beautiful. Go on a cruise on one of the old steamers to the other end. $59 when I was there. You can also get off at the end for lunch (extra $) if you want to. Or, you can jet boat around. I took lots of photos at different times of the day, quite different in sunshine... More 

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Long Pond, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were able to watch the lake change daily as we rented a house on it. 73 degrees by the lake in the morning with views of snow-capped mountains on the other side of the lake made beautiful sunrises.

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Thank MK E
Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

lake Wakatipu is nothing short of stunning and must see. Beautiful blue water with stunning backdrop of mountains.

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Thank Jaci F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for an afternoon cruise on the Earnslaw which was an amazing experience...the captain was very informative about the boat and scenery which was spectacular. Would recommend it to anyone!

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Thank Sue W
Brisbane Region, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

From our motel window we had a view many would charge a fortune to provide. With such an expansive view across and along the lake, we sat for many hours with a nice wine and enjoyed it all. This is one place that deserves to be seen.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just fantastic trip to Walter Peak and lunch there. Great old boat, friendly staff nice and warm with the boilers on a cold but sunny day and a sing a long around piano on way back!

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Goulburn and Surrounds, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful part of Queenstown..plenty to see and the park was outstanding ..we went in Autumn and the colours were sensational. Plenty of places to eat and drink. Free Wi Fi in most places.

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