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Lake Pukaki, Canterbury Region

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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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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  • We had gotten off-course while traveling across the South Island. Found Lake Tekapo, which was beautiful, but crowded with busloads of tourists. This was our first introduction to selfie-sticks. We ha...  read more »
  • Being a painter, I have an eye for colours and colour of this lake was something I can never forget. It was magical!. Felt like palette of turquoise colour for almighty to dip in the brush to paint th...  read more »
  • Lake Pukaki is my favorite place in NZ, it was breathtaking! Loving the snow mountain (Mt Cook) reflected in the mirror-calm lake. Way better than Lake Tekapo. 
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