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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 most beautiful Lake I've ever seen in my life. On a sunny day with the snow-crowned peaks behind beautiful perspectives. The road stretches Lake long and along with many views. Probably I'll never stop on a different Lake, to shoot a photo.
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  • Having driven from Lake Tekapo its hard to be impressed by a lake, but this is impressive. Gorgeous blue waters and its own statue, this time of a Himalayan Tahr. In th evisitors centre there are some...  more »
  • Beautiful turquoise lake, quite similar to lake Tekapo. Drive on the west side of the lake (many beautiful photo spots along the way) all the way to the glacier car park. From there you can walk up to...  more »