Year of 2017

Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown, New Zealand

These are the seemingly flat, calm waters of Lake Wakatipu on the South Island of New Zealand. Wakatipu, the country’s third-largest lake, is shaped like a lightning bolt. This unusual shape creates a seiche, or standing wave, which causes the lake’s waters to rise and fall a few inches every 26 minutes. According to Māori legend, this ‘tide’ is said to be caused by the heartbeat of Matau, a huge monster that sleeps at the bottom of the lake.

Lake Wakatipu is an inland lake in the South Island of New Zealand. It is in the southwest corner of the Otago Region, near its boundary with Southland. Lake Wakatipu comes from the original Māori word Whakatipu wai-māori.
Depth: 1,247 feet (380 m)
Length: 50 miles (80 km)
Surface area: 112.36 sq miles (291 km²)
Surface elevation: 1,017 feet (310 m)
Width: 3.10 miles (5 km)
Catchment area: 1,032 sq miles (2,674 km²)