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Address: New Zealand
Visit Lake Pukaki like an insider
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$271*
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Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch

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Picture perfect on a clear day with Aorangi Mount Cook in the photo too!

We puulled into the visitors' centre carpark and walked awhile along the lake front. Photos galore of the pristine blue waters for the lake and the surrounding majestic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Julie M
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We puulled into the visitors' centre carpark and walked awhile along the lake front. Photos galore of the pristine blue waters for the lake and the surrounding majestic mountains. The statue of the mighty tahr captures the wildness of the region. Memorable and so worth the visit!

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Hilton Head Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

So many beautiful lakes in New Zealand. Make the trip to see Lake Pukaki. Just a short drive south from Christchurch and worth the ride.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Lake Pukaki, it was such a shame we didn't stop to enjoy the beauty of this beast. I'm exaggerating but this definitely feels like seeing in the eye of mother nature, just filled with pure grandiose of awe which strikes me the first time I saw it. We were just stopping at Lake Tekapo (which was beautiful in its own... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

It was really sunny when we went, which helped to enhance the beauty of the view! We bought some fresh salmon there and sat by the lake to enjoy our meal. The salmon cost only 30NZD for 500g of freshness! The view is stunning and the skies clear. Loved this place.

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Springbrook, Australia
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26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Lake Pukaki viewed from the bottom tourist viewing area just next to the main road is one of the scenic views of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman across the stunning Blue lake you will see. It is a photographers dream specially if there is no wind on the lake.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Awesome photo opportunities all around the lake, on the main road and close to it. The colour of the water is unique. Well worth the stop.

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London UK
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Heaven on Earth.....unspoilt....get there before it gets commercialised like Lake Tekapo ! We stayed in a Home Stay overlooking the lake just off the Mount Cook highway....wonderful ! Utter tranquility and a feasts for the eyes and soul...unforgettable ,,

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Pulborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We stayed down by the waters of this beautiful lake, freedom camping in a self contained campervan. The views are lovely only marred by the fact the clouds were over the top of Mount Cook. Even so the waters were amazing. There is an i site just over the bridge.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Lake Pukaki is a must see if on a journey around NZ's South Island. We stopped on our journey between Queenstown and Christchurch, via Lake Tekapo. The colour of the water is unbelievable, seriously no need for filters on your shots, due to its proximity to the mountains.The mountain range, which includes Mt Cook, give the vista that extra special... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Definitely the most beautiful lake in New-Zealand.Especially when the sky is clear so you can see the top of Mount Cook and when the sun shines on the lake making the water unbelievable blue. That view is one of the best in the world!

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