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Lake Pukaki, Canterbury Region

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#4 of 28 in Nature in 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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  • Similar to Lake Tekapo you have a absolute stunning scenery here. The lake with the mountains in the background makes this place so special.  more »
  • Lake Pukaki is one of the largest lakes in the country, and is on the way between Queenstown and Christchurch, so worth a stop for photos, with the mountain ranges in the background.
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  • It's hard to find the right words to describe the beauty. We started with thick fog at the bottom of the lake, but as we got closer to Mt Cook the cloud cleared and the scenery was just breath-taking....  more »

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