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Lake Pukaki

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One of NZ's most scenic drives

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Albany, Australia

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Albany, Australia
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206 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Hanah A
Johannesburg, South Africa
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262 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When we saw the lake it wasn't as blue as usually is due to weather but never the less it was still stunning

Thank Flitz8
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Flew into Queenstown from Melbourne. Many many amazing humongous lakes incl lake wakatipu and lake tekapo. But the lake which to me was jaw dropping beautiful was lake pukaki otw to mt cook. It was so so unreal blue. The landscape in South Island incl Milford Sound was so so beautiful.

Thank Josephine P
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Breathtakingly beautiful, I do think this was one of the best places that I have visited, it is shades of crystal blue.... magnificent!

Thank elmafourie
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are heading to Aoraki/Mount Cook national park (highly recommend you d0) you will drive along the shores of Lake Pukaki. As I came over the crest of the hill and saw lake Pukaki my breath was taking away by the most exquisite colored water I have even seen. The sun was shining and it was like the light... More 

Thank Deborah H
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever beheld, and is by far, my favourite lake in New Zealand. Complete with the backdrop of Aoraki Mt Cook and the mountain ranges on a beautiful sunny day, it is jaw dropping stunning. We were driving as we came upon the view, and all of us were wowed. It... More 

Thank jaytee15
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When I originally arrived at Lake Pukaki, I had originally only planned to stay a day. The scenery was so serene and pleasing that I ended up camping out for 2 nights in the area. The sky at night was unbelievable. It was by far the most relaxed and in tune with nature I've ever felt.

Thank Flyboy2101

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