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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank StephenandLancia
Reviewed September 12, 2017

With the alps in the far distance, a little greenery by the sides, and many rocks covering across where we were admiring it, the whole place is very picturesque - and during evening it is like a mirror too! And we have found a way...More

2  Thank christmasweien
Reviewed August 12, 2017

Similar to Lake Tekapo you have a absolute stunning scenery here. The lake with the mountains in the background makes this place so special.

1  Thank Beblibla
Reviewed July 14, 2017

It's hard to find the right words to describe the beauty. We started with thick fog at the bottom of the lake, but as we got closer to Mt Cook the cloud cleared and the scenery was just breath-taking. The road is easy to drive,...More

2  Thank BBs_Mrs
Reviewed July 14, 2017

A beautiful clear day greeted us as we drove to Aoraki/Mt Cook Village. What a stunning drive. After visiting Lakes Wakitipu and Wanaka, how could this area be as beautiful? The dominant and majestic Mt Cook, that's how. Awesome views along the way had us...More

1  Thank PS2290
Reviewed July 11, 2017

A lake with a snow-capped mountain view behind, is a breath-taking moment in my life. No words / pictures can describe. Lake Pukaki Visitor Information Centre is worth to visit (as they provide parking & photo spot). You also can stop by & buy some...More

Thank szakia
Reviewed June 28, 2017

We drove along the entire length of this lake to and from the Mt Cook area and we found ourselves stopping numerous times to appreciate the views and beauty of the area. Many simply breathtaking vistas all over the place.

1  Thank dr_j_now
Reviewed June 23, 2017

This has to be a must do for visitors to South Island. Cross your fingers that the weather is kind and you will be rewarded with some of the most incredible views on this planet.

1  Thank PamNottingham_UK
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