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Lake Pukaki

New Zealand
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

We were looking forward to visiting Lake Pukaki which is a glacier fed lake but we had some idea of what to expect since we encountered Lake Tekapo on the way. The beautiful turquoise blue colour of these lakes is best observed in spring when water and glacial flour from the melting glaciers flow into the lake. We went in... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Might just be the company I keep, but we ran down to the water's edge like a bunch of 8 year olds souped up on chocolate bars- laughing and skipping stones. Might have been the beautiful view of Mount Cook in the background, the breathless blue of the water or the spring air. Who knows. We will go back in... More

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I have never been more amazed by my surroundings.. We stayed overnight (freedom parking) at a spot here and the evening - next morning - everything was just downright pleasant. Please do visit - tekapo / pukaki area whenever at south island.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Lake Pukaki is one of the most beautiful lakes in NZ, second only to Lake Tekapo. The color of the lake is a stunning blue and when the sunlight falls on the water it is very beautiful. We drove from lake Tekapo to Mt cook and from Mt cook to Omarama next day and saw the lake through the entire... More

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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I stayed with my partner on the free camping site here, you have to be fully contained but its great to stay and watch the sun go down with the one you love, there was something almost dream like about the place. We loved it, I had sweet and sour chicken on a table outside watching the wild life the... More

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Southport, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The color of this lake is magnificent. We have stopped for some time to admire it. No people just u and nature. Loved it :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

we went to lake tekapo before here..but driving over the mountain range to see this site..omg..what a beautiful lake..we got there just before sunset..the view was nothing short of fantastic..the mountains in the background reflecting off the lake were simply amazing...a beautiful part of the south island

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Lake Pukaki is absolutely stunning! The colour of the water is incredible- such a bright blue when the sun is shining! The views of Mount Cook across the lake are also beautiful. One of my favourite places in New Zealand!

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

There is nothing like driving towards the Southern Alps near Lake Pukaki. We were travelling in a jucy travel van and stayed right on Lake Pukaki where the information centre is. There is toilets there but no camping facilities.But, it definitely didn't matter. It was amazing waking up to the view! There is nothing like it especially if you haven't... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I was speechless (something my husband would say was impossible) when I saw the lake with the mountains at the background. This place is absolutely amazingly beautiful, words can't describe it. We drove along the lake all the way to the Aoraki Visitor centre on the number 80 road, what a drive :) and then back to the "main road"... More

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