Shaped like a lightning bolt, Lake Wakatipu is the third largest lake in New Zealand. Because of its unusual shape, Lake Wakatipu has a 'tide' (more correctly, an unusually large seiche or "standing wave"), which causes the water to rise and fall about 10 centimetres every 25 minutes or so. Maori legend links this phenomenon to the heartbeat of a huge monster named Matau, who is said to be slumbering at the bottom of the lake. Lake Wakatipu is renowned for its scenic beauty, being surrounded by mountains, the Remarkables mountain range lies along its southeastern edge. It is a popular venue for adventure tourism, with ski fields, paragliding, bungy jumping and tramping tracks within easy reach. A vintage steamboat, the TSS Earnslaw regularly plies its waters. Wakatipu holds a very special place in my heart, I spent many years living there,... it was my playground, It was where I first met my beloved.
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