Lake Pukaki, Canterbury Region

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. Make your Canterbury Region itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • Scenic area stop for view over lake to Mount Cook. We had clouds over some of the mountain range but gorgeous still . Statue of Himalayan tahr and explanation was interesting. Gift shop, small museum ...  more »
  • Its one of the popular lake in NZ. Its coloue, size, location, mountains and trees surrounded. There have a few spots where can have a good look and take photos: Lake Pukaki lookout, Peter's lookout a...  more »
  • Fantabulous place to be at. Stunning views. Crystal clear water. Very picturesque place. The place could be more enjoyable if there can be some camping sites around it.
  • Another great freedom camping spot. Like all freedom camping get there between 4 - 6pm and you will get a good spot
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