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Can be stunning - depends on weather!

Lake Pukaki is one of the hydro lakes of the South Island, with a bright blue colour due to its greywacke (rock type) sediment it contains. New Zealand's highest mountain Mt Cook... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2016
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 March 2016

This area McKenzie Country is one of my favourite places in the South Island. The views of the mountains, countryside, lakes and canals are tranquil and pleasing to the eye. Mount Cook is not far away for the adventurous and for the fisherman the lakes and canals are a must for both Trout and Salmon fishing

Thank Lynne B
Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2016

Lake Pukaki is one of the hydro lakes of the South Island, with a bright blue colour due to its greywacke (rock type) sediment it contains. New Zealand's highest mountain Mt Cook or Aoraki soars from the lake making it an amazing sight. Hopefully you are lucky, some days the view is stunning, sometimes hazy, other days you see nothing!

Thank GrahamAK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

Really loved Lake Pukaki (which is prettier than its more well-known neighbour Lake Tekapo and less tourists). The colour of the lake is a milky aquamarine, like someone has poured milk into a crystal blue lake. Driving to Mount Cook is a delight as you follow the river most of the way.

Thank Lily M
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2016

My husband, daughter and I fell in love with Lake Pukaki! The beauty of this visually-stunning, turquoise, limpid, glacial lake is enhanced by the splendour of the surrounding snow-capped Southern Alps - or perhaps it is the other way round? No matter, the scenery is simply stunning! We were staying at nearby Lake Tekapo (equally stunning!) and decided to drive... More 

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

The drive from Twizel to Tekapo past Lake Pukaki is amazing: turqouise glacial water, and Mount Cook in the background. There's a place to pull off of the highway just after crossing the canal - you can drive up the water's edge for a picnic or swim. Highly recommended!

Thank Herman C
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016

This was one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand. Of all the lakes we saw, Lake Pukaki was BY FAR the most beautiful. The blue water is incredible! We drove here early in the morning and stopped a LOT along the way to take photos, did the Hooker Valley Trek for 3 hours and then stopped a... More 

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Albany, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2016

The colour of this lake needs to be seen to be believed. Amazing blue! The drive towards Mt Cook is stunning, with incredible views of the lake and of the mountains. Some great places for camping are available around the lake as well. In addition to seeing the lake it's worth the drive towards Mt Cook and doing some of... More 

Thank AlbanyRick
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Stunning vistas of Mt Cook.Wildflowers,crystal blue water,views that seem to go on forever.Great photo spot of Mt Cook

Thank mmorgan87
Gold coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

It had just been pouring it down with rain when we stopped at the lake. The clouds were all down, and the mountains were barely visible, but it took nothing away from its sheer beauty. The colour of the water, and the way the clouds covered the mountains was breathtaking. Make sure you stop here for a photo.

Thank LeashaAnn
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 7 February 2016

We stopped by Lake Pukaki when we were on our way to Mount Cook and were in complete awe of it's beauty. The glistening blue water is hard to miss, and the backdrop of Mount cook in the background makes it look so majestic. There is a small look out on the way to Mount cook where everyone parks to... More 

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