Lake Wakatipu was first sailed in August 1859, by Scottish surveyor Donald Hay. He found a reed raft where Kingston now stands, fashioned a mast and nailed up his grey wool blanket as a sail. Pummeled by snow and winter's harsh wind Hay explored Lake Wakatipu's shores for two weeks in search of potential farm land. Finding a suitable section, he returned to Kingston and walked the 225kms to Dunedin - only to find a speculator had already beaten him to the land's lease.
Queenstown-The Remarkables & Lake Wakatipu
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