Lake Pukaki, Canterbury Region

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Resting within a glacial valley ringed with mountains, Lake Pukaki ranks as one of the region's largest alpine bodies of water. Explore its rocky surroundings on foot or by bike using the network of nearby trails, or take to a kayak and enjoy the view from the water. You may recognize the lake as the real-life setting of Lake-town from "The Hobbit" films. While visiting, you'll notice its brilliant, light blue coloration, the result of tiny particles of rock crushed and deposited by the glacier itself. Keep an eye out on clear days, as you might catch a glimpse of the nearby Mount Cook rising distantly in the north. Make your Mt. Cook Village itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • The colour of the lake is something out of this world!! It looks really beautiful irrespective of snow mountain in the background or no. If you are heading to Mt. Cook you cannot miss this lake. No pi...  more »
  • Great drive along the lake shore on the way to Mount Cook. Pristine and cold blue glacial fed waters.  more »
  • Coming from Lake Tekapo to Twizel before reaching the Lake Pukaki information center entering on the left and walk 1 km you can park and make this outstanding hike with views of Lake Pukaki and the extraordinary countryside behind our backs. Don't forget to stop and make this ride that is one-hour walk and more than worth the penalty! Unforgettable. Not to lose it.
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  • Gorgeous aqua blue water, surrounded by pebbles and tree line. Stunning snow capped mountains in the distance...even in the middle of summer! Easy to drive to, lots of places to park your car even with trailer etc. You can easily bike or walk around this area too. We saw lots of cyclists when we were there. Makes for great photos, with ducks out on the water as well.Highly recommend visiting.
  • Absolutely amazing! I highly recommend going pass lake pukaki as it offers a very scenic and nice view! The mountains reflecting off the clear water is amazing! One of the best scenic views we saw in the south island.
  • Ah, this is such a lovely lake. Perfect for water skiing or going on a biscuit. The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful over in twizel so this lake reflects the colours which are so beautiful.
  • In A Nutshell: -The South Island of New Zealand, has some of the most beautiful lakes in the world and Lake Pukaki is just one of many. -You will drive by this lake if you drive on Highway 8. -There is a pretty big parking lot where you can park and walk down the rocks to the clear water. -It's breathtaking to see. Overall, I was very glad to see no boats in the water - as a matter of fact I don't recall seeing boats in any big body of fresh water on the South Island, maybe that's the secret to keeping them so clean and clear.
  • Cool view and even better stone field! Enjoyed going down and staying along the rocky shoreline as much as the photo taking along the viewpoint. Definitely a wonderful thrill and a calming chill.

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