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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  • This is a superb lake with great views towards the snow clad mountains. The statue of the Tahr is fascinating to some extent due to the information but it is worth a picture. The centre had a range of...  more »
  • This lake is located in the heart of South Island. An absolute must stop at the scenic lookout/visitor centre which is off the highway. Astounding views of the snow capped mountain region over the aqu...  more »
  • We got to here in an excursion-viaje from Christchurch to Queenstown. The views obtained at Lake Pukaki, are stunning!. Color and the tranquility of the water, and the entire landscape of its surroundings, the snowy mountains, the vegetation. To fill with pure energy, and breathe fresh air.
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  • Words fail to describe the beauty of this place. We saw the lake early in the morning as the first rays of the sun hit the beautiful blue waters and we could only muster one word "WOW".
  • Just plain wow. One of the most spectacular sights I have ever seen. The lake has an incredible colour with so many different shades of blue. The surrounding mountains reflecting onto the lake and the imposing views of Mt Cook. Simply stunning.
  • amazing place showcasing the natural beauty of the south island. catch the sunset here for a particularly spectacular experience!! This lake is so clear and so blue and is primarily found as flat and still as glass!! simply amazing
  • Not even sure why anyone would rate this lower than 5 stars!! The view is just amazing. Would come back anytime if I have the chance
  • Amazing lake and mountain view.

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