With a length of 80 kilometres, it is the South Island's longest lake, and, at 291 km², the third largest lake in New Zealand. It is at an altitude of 310 metres, towards the southern end of the Southern Alps. The general topography is a reversed "N" shape. The Dart River flows into the northern end, which then runs south for 30 kilometres before turning abruptly to the east. Twenty kilometres further along, it turns sharply to the south, reaching its southern end 30 kilometres further south, near Kingston.
It is drained by the Kawarau River, which flows out near Queenstown, lying on the northern shore of the lake close to eastern end of its middle section. It is very deep, its floor being up to 100 metres below sea level. It "breathes", its waters rising and falling regularly by some 200 millimetres in Queenstown Bay, in what is known as a seiche.It is renowned for its scenic beauty, with The Remarkables mountain range lying along its southeastern edge, although a recent boom in population and tourism around Queenstown threatens this golden goose. It is a popular venue for adventure tourism, with skifields, paragliding, bungy jumping and tramping tracks within easy reach, and a vintage steamboat, the T.S.S. Earnslaw regularly plying its waters. Several vineyards are nearby.
Lake Wakatipu Frankton Arm Webcam
View from Queenstown heights
This article uses material from the Wikipedia Article "Lake Wakatipu"