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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  • Great Lakes seen when you go to Mount Cook. Given the weather, Lake's static copy to mirror it, white clouds in a blue sky. It was breathtaking.
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  • Almost like a mountain lake is this turquoise water against the backdrop of Mount Cook. He invites you to linger. Contrary to all statements you could not swim in it, it was wonderfully refreshing in this lake swimming water temperature for best weather and around 19 degrees.
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  • At the picnic area, you can download the stones and hanging his feet in the refreshing, clear water. From there, the views of the snow-covered mountain is even more intense, because the contrast between the water surface and the landscape is even more extreme. Very much recommended for a short rest or hike.
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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.
  • 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.
  • Absolutely loved it here so many places for photo opportunities and the water is so blue bluer than any other Lake I have seen, also because it's a glacial fed Lake the water is so cold but you can see clearly through the water to the rocks and if you're on the right side of the lake, you can get perfect reflections and on a clear day you can see Mt aoraki Mount Cook
  • Mt Cook hiden in clouds. Not a great day weather wise. When its good it is very very good.

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