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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. To visit Lake Pukaki on your holiday in Mt. Cook Village, and find out what else Mt. Cook Village has to offer, use our Mt. Cook Village tour planner.
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  • The visitor center is at the head of the lake with a large parking area and beach. Views are great of the lake and mountains. The visitor center has a small shop and some foods available.  more »
  • Lake Pukaki is such a beautiful body of water. On a clear day it looks like it stretches on into infinity. It is well worth the visit to have your breath taken away by sheer beauty  more »
  • We drove from Queenstown to Tasman Glacier Lookout (passing through Lake Pukaki). The Lake is extremely beautiful and gives good views of Mt Cook (Mt Aoraki) and some other snow covered peaks.  more »