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Located in New Zealand, Lake Wakatipu is the third largest lake in the country. Known for its habitat of longfin eel, salmon and rainbow trout, the lake is a great place for a vacation. The lake is also home to Maori legends.

Longest lake in New Zealand

Located in New Zealand's South Island, Lake Wakatipu is the longest and third largest lake in the country. It's also one of the six major greenstone resources in the country. Known for its scenic beauty and outdoor activities, it's a popular tourist destination.

The surface of Lake Wakatipu is around 310 meters above sea level. It's surrounded by tall mountains and glacier-carved valleys. The northern part of the lake is framed by the Dart and Rees Rivers. The western part is surrounded by the Murchison Mountains. The mountains rise more than 1400 meters above the lake's surface.

Lake Wakatipu is located in the South Island's Otago Region. It is near Queenstown. It's the source of fresh water for the city. It is an important place for outdoor activities such as paragliding and jet boating.

The lake is filled with fresh water from surrounding rivers. The Dart, Rees, and Kawarau rivers flow into the lake. The lake's depth is 380 meters.

Third largest lake in New Zealand

Located in the southwest corner of New Zealand's Otago region, Lake Wakatipu is the third largest lake in the country. It is surrounded by majestic mountains, including Mount Earnslaw, the tallest peak on the lake's shore. The Remarkables mountain range stretches along the southeastern side. The lake is a habitat for longfin eel, salmon, trout, and rainbow trout.

The name of Lake Wakatipu is derived from the local Maori language. According to Maori legend, the heartbeat of a giant monster called Matau caused the water to rise and fall. The Maori word for the lake is wakatipu, which means "growing bay."

The third largest lake in New Zealand is situated in the southern end of the Southern Alps. This beautiful landscape is perfect for tramping, cliff climbing, and other outdoor activities. There are several tramping tracks available for visitors.

Lake Wakatipu is also home to Quinnat Salmon and Brown Trout. Paddle boarding is also a popular activity. There are several jetboat and boat tours available.

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Habitat for longfin eel, salmon and rainbow trout

During the summer season, Lake Wakatipu is a great venue for fishing. Rainbow trout and salmon are the most common species found in the lake. A good fishing spot is near Kinloch. The Frankton Arm is another popular location for boat fishing.

The area around the lake is also home to Black-billed Gulls. In 1984, two fishermen discovered a fossil of Murray the Mosasaur.

The eels are slow growing, with their maximum size estimated to be 60 years old. They have a thick leathery skin, and are usually dark brown to grey black. They are mainly nocturnal and can hide under logs, boulders and riverbanks.

Although longfin eels are not native to New Zealand, they have made their way inland in most river systems. The commercial eel fishery is managed under the Quota Management System. The Ministry for Primary Industries monitors the eel population. A decline in the population has resulted in the eel quota being reduced over recent years.

Maori legends about the lake

Thousands of years ago, the Maori told several legends about the beautiful Lake Wakatipu. The first of these legends describes a young Maori man who was in love with a beautiful Maori maiden named Manata.

According to the Maori, Manata was the daughter of a Maori chief. She was forbidden from marrying a commoner named Matakauri. But Matakauri was determined to save her from the giant Matau. In order to do so, he set the monster on fire while it was sleeping. His fire melted the surrounding snow and ice. This triggered a giant trough that filled with water. This trough was a great lake known as Wakatipu.

The Moeraki people have a different version of the story. This version changed the names of the characters, as well as the setting. This version is a part of the Ngai Tahu Deed of Settlement.

The story is still in circulation, and has been retold by tribal elders. However, some may make changes or additions to it. Those who are interested in retelling the story should consult with their iwi to ensure they are telling it correctly.

Lake Wakatipu excursions with a guide

Taking Lake Wakatipu excursions with a guide can be a great way to experience this pristine waterway. Depending on the route, visitors can get a glimpse of the area's rural lifestyle and enjoy some sheep shearing demonstrations. During the summer months, beaches are also popular for swimming.

Glenorchy is a small town on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, approximately 30 miles north of Queenstown. Set against the backdrop of rolling mountains and lush native beech forests, it's a peaceful retreat for visitors. The town's main attraction is its historic wharf, which dates back to the settlement of the town.

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Glenorchy is also a filming location for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies. There are tours that will take you to the areas used for filming.

A scenic helicopter flight from Queenstown is another popular option. During the flight, the pilot will give a commentary on the area. There is also the option to experience the Southern Alps from the air. This flight is an absolute must do in New Zealand. It's a unique opportunity to enjoy endless panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.

If you're looking for a more leisurely Lake Wakatipu excursion, there are many hiking trails that run along the lake's shoreline. Several options are available, including the Luge track, which is a fun whizzing down the track in a fast cart.

For a truly adventurous Lake Wakatipu excursion, consider a skydive. This option includes a canopy ride and a jump over the water.

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