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• New Zealand 1898 Pictorials 2 1/2d Lake Wakatipu
• Large Die-Cut Fridge Magnet 10cm x 7cm
• High Quality Printing - Glossy Finish
• Nice Collector Gift
• BRAND NEW
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Lake Wakatipu is an inland lake (finger lake) in the South Island. It is in the southwest corner of the Otago region, near its boundary with Southland. Lake Wakatipu comes from the original Maori word Whakatipu wai-maori.

The original form and meaning of the name are not known for certain. The name is believed to originate from the Waitaha people, who were later displaced by Kati Mamoe. Taken literally, Wakatipu would mean "growing canoe" or possibly "growing bay" if the original was Whakatipu and the h elided as a result of the Southern Maori dialect.

Lake Wakatipu is a habitat for the longfin eel (a specimen caught in 1886 is the largest known of this species, brown trout, salmon and rainbow trout. These and other fish support predators such as the pied shag. The black-billed gull is often found around the lake while the most common birds are the black-billed gull and the introduced mallard. A smaller bird often not noticed because of its size is the New Zealand scaup.

Lake Wakatipu has many geographical similarities to Loch Ness. Therefore, it doubled as the famous Scottish Loch Ness in the film The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) and was one of the main filming locations in the movie.

It is a backdrop for several scenes in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, including Amon Hen.

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