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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

lake pukaki has a fabulous view! the water was still enough to see the mountians, clouds and greenery being reflected onto the lake. the view was absolutely breathtaking. u will not regret going to visit it!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

If heading to Mt Cook, you'll drive along the side of it, plus the road from Twizel to Tekapo passes the southern edge, which has a few points offering amazing views down the brilliant blue lake to Mt Cook.

Thank mrdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't know why this and Mt Cook/Aoraki national park is not number 1 for things to see. This is the beautiful NZ scenery we had waited to see and it was just stunning. The 50 min drive from Twizel to the Mt Cook village...More

3  Thank Stace K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Probably one of NZ’s greatest views and sights. Especially on a sunny clear day. Our group of 6 cyclists have just completed 5 days on the ‘A20’ cycle trail. A most memorable experience and almost a ‘must do’ activity in NZ. However our experience at...More

1  Thank warwick839
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch here. We park our car nearby the lake, and sit on the grass beside bushes while enjoying the lake. Blue water, snowy mountain what a perfect combination. My daughter play stacking rock and don't want get up from where she was playing....More

Thank Karlina W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lake Pukaki. Breathtakingly beautiful. It's hard to find the right words to describe the beauty. I can promise you that Lake Pukaki looks much more impressive when you see it in person than it does in any photograph or video. It’s a must see in...More

Thank Neha B
Reviewed October 24, 2017

This is a superb lake with great views towards the snow clad mountains. The statue of the Tahr is fascinating to some extent due to the information but it is worth a picture. The centre had a range of very useful leaflets and it has...More

Thank DavidMay1945
Reviewed October 6, 2017

This lake is located in the heart of South Island. An absolute must stop at the scenic lookout/visitor centre which is off the highway. Astounding views of the snow capped mountain region over the aqua blue pristine lake, absolutely breathtaking. Don't forget to catch the...More

Thank moonlotus18
Reviewed September 30, 2017

Its a great stop on your drive . A small shop for a coffee and some great local salmon delicacy . Try The salmon with wasabi and soy , its really fresh and yummy.

Thank RejiThomson
Reviewed September 20, 2017

What a beautiful lake. Unfortunality we did not see Mt cook as it was the only mountain under cloud, so it looked like it had dissappeared. Lake Pukaki is a huge lake and there is a great viewing area of the road.

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