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Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu, Otago, New Zealand
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Ice Water with Your View? Mt Creighton  New Zealand

Ice Water with Your View?

Autumn on the South Island of New Zealand was colorful enough to remind me of the trees at home, although back in New England, we don't have massive towering mountains looming over our deciduous foliage (I love you, White Mountains, but you ain't got nothing on the Southern Alps).

Lake Wakatipu, viewed here from the edge of the highway running between Queenstown and Glenorchy, is New Zealand's longest lake, and the perfect place to spend a few (or a lot of) moments just taking in the jaw-dropping scenery.

It's better viewed from afar than within, though. In April, at least, that water was teeth-chatteringly frigid. And this is coming from someone who's swum in the Atlantic off the coast of Maine. I know my cold water, and let me tell you, this gorgeous lake is COLD.