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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 scenery is breathtaking, the crystal blue lake, stunning mountain peaks. The freshest of air. A must on your travels.  more »
  • Is a very beautiful Lake. Is recommended where can enjoy the superb view from the Peter's Lookout is on West Mount Cook Rd Lake and South Lake Pukaki Information Centre at a time view over Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook.
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  • The shimmering Aquamarine hues of this beautiful lake is stunning and will have everlasting memories in my mind! Each view, each vista is as if it has been painted for you, but in fact it is so pure a...  more »