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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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  • We were unable to stay at Lake Tepaku because all sites were full, so ploughed on to a reference in the lonely planet guide we had, which said there was a place called 'the pines' a vast free campsite...  more »
  • Passed the lake on the way to Mount Cook, directly stop the car and parking because of the view. It's like postcard picture come to live. We passed this area twice, so I can saw the different color wh...  more »
  • We were driving from Queenstown to Christchurch, and stopped here for a picnic, and to admire the views. We just couldn't stop taking pics! The snow covered southern slips looked right out of a chocol...  more »