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Lake Pukaki, Canterbury Region
(4.9/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This lake has the most beautiful reflections of the mountains. Many people stop here for a break. There is seating along the lake to take in this beautiful scenery/ 
  • The stunning beauty of the lake. Be sure to visit this incredible lake. Go ahead and see mount Cook. The lake from another planet. 
  • Almost unbelievable - the colour of the water has to be seen - and with Mount Cook in the distance - spectacularly scenic. Hope for good weather to really enjoy this place.