We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lake Pukaki

Address: New Zealand
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
Top Rated
and up
Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Attraction details
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Write a Review

265 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Dunedin, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We were lucky to have a run of really settled weather, and spent two part days around this lake. It is the most stunning blue, and pictures will not do it justice. We also had a crack at some fishing on the edges, and although we saw a few nice trout, they are still in the lake. Some really good... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland Central, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The most picturesque scenery ever, this stunning turquoise coloured lake is nestled below Aoraki/Mt Cook and its surrounding alps. The outside temperature was rising as we drove through Central Otago, over Lindis Pass to Lake Pukaki, enroute to Christchurch. Pukaki offered a welcome cool down opportunity as we gingerly negotiated the piled up boulders that border it. A must see... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Christchurch, New Zealand
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
30 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Take a break here - get away for the road - bring a picnic - enjoy the quietness - sit back and enjoy one of New Zealand's most stunning lakes. The colour is amazing and will not disappoint. Views on clear days right to Mt. Cook.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Clinton, Washington
Top Contributor
319 reviews 319 reviews
164 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Lake Tekapo receives all the tourist hype, but Lake Pukaki gets my vote for scenic beauty. The lake fairly shouts "turquoise!" And the view of Mt. Cook--absolutely stunning. And the best part--there's no one there. You can also stop at the Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Information Center for a look at their salmon farming and an interesting look at a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Tamworth, Australia
Top Contributor
253 reviews 253 reviews
103 attraction reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

As this is not as commercially establish as lake tekapo, not much people. But the views is so much better along hayman road. Watch the sun rise and be blown away. Pristine snow capped mountains and clear waters. Awesome

Was this review helpful? Yes
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
178 reviews 178 reviews
114 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The views over the lake are stunning wherever you choose to stop to enjoy them. Like all the lakes in South Island there isn't a bad view.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore, Singapore
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Many talk about Lakes Tekapo and Wanaka, but if you are going for the best scenery, Lake Pukaki is the best. To top it off, the scenery can change a few times in a few hours, giving multiple photo-ops!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

i falled in love with this lake...blue blue water. seeing this lake made my heart delighted.even though i am writing a review now,thinking this lake made me smile.never saw such a beautiful place in my life.just like a fairytale. the view along route between mt cook and christchurch the best. next time will return driving here.never stop thinking this beautiful... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Singapore, Singapore
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Most picturesque place around the region and away from the tourist crowds. Quiet and simply breathtaking. Bring a snack and spend some time staring into the beautiful scenery.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brisbane, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Nice attraction if driving by, the water is very blue with a view of snow topped mountains in the distance. Continuing the drive to Lake Tekapo will lead you to a nice tourist destination.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Lake Pukaki also viewed

Lake Tekapo, Mackenzie District
Mt. Cook Village, Mackenzie District
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Mackenzie District

Been to Lake Pukaki? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Lake Pukaki staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?