Swimming in the Lake: Queenstown

You can’t visit Queenstown in the summer without getting in the lake. Lake Wakatipu is huge, and there are loads of places you can go for a day of swimming by the lake. We headed to Kelvin Heights Golf Course and set up a little picnic by the big jetty. It’s only $10-ish return on the water taxi (which leaves from the centre of Queenstown every hour) and it feels a million miles away from the busy town centre.

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The first time jumping in the lake was COLD. I mean really cold. But it’s so worth it. It’s so nice swimming in the lake, because it’s not salty and you can open your eyes under the water – and not have to worry about swallowing horrible salty water unexpectedly. Which makes it pretty awesome – even thought it’s freaking cold.

The second, third and forth times we jumped in though – it got much more bearable. Maybe our skin was just going numb though and we weren’t noticing the cold as much as before…

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Make sure you have some towels handy for when you get out – because you’ll need them!

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Your transport for the day will be the water taxi. It’s a little tricky to board it from such a high jetty – but it’s all good fun and I guess if you fall in the lake whilst doing so – it’ll be something to tell the grandkids. The water taxi is actually a pretty awesome way to see the lake from the water too on your way over – it’s cheap and cheerful, so it’s a pretty cool experience in itself.

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  1. Bianca March 5, 2013 / 9:28 am

    I was in Queenstown in spring a few years ago but it was not warm enough for a swim in the lake. That looks like a lot of fun. It’s nice to read about things you can do there other than adventure sports and skiing.

    • Elle-Rose March 5, 2013 / 9:33 am

      Thanks Bianca! I don’t think the lake is ever warm – but it does help a lot jumping in when the sun is shining! Really glad you liked the post 🙂

  2. Chris June 25, 2013 / 2:39 am

    Some great shots there Elle-Rose!

    I didn’t actually swim in the lake but it was such a gorgeous place to wander around and enjoy. Any excuse for a cold beer by the water hey?!

    Love Q Town heaps – can’t wait to get back there again!

    • Elle-Rose July 9, 2013 / 9:50 pm

      Thanks Chris! Oh my gosh, next time you definitely need to swim in the lake, it’s amazing. BUT SO COLD!!

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