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Lake Pukaki

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Popular scenic area with constant waves of tourists snapping photos. Obviously the view is beautiful but you will only get the best view in good weather when you can see the full... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Popular scenic area with constant waves of tourists snapping photos. Obviously the view is beautiful but you will only get the best view in good weather when you can see the full glory of Mount cook at the backdrop. The wind was really strong when we were there as well, its a *must see* stopover for your long tiring drive.

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Edgewood, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I thought Lake Tekapo was the most beautiful place I'd ever seen... until I saw Lake Pukaki. It looked like something out of the movies. (In fact, it was the lake used for Laketown in The Hobbit.) The unparalleled beauty of New Zealand makes me wonder if the country is actually a giant movie set!

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive up rt 80 towards Mt Cook is beautiful! The water is stunning with it's turquoise color. There are many places to pull off for great photos, and at the end of the road you are at the mountain base

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Akaa, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The color of the lake is something incredible and the water is so clean and pure you just want to jump in to it.

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Thank Tomi S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing views of mount cook and the water is so blue! A much better view an water Colour than lake tekapo, would still visit both as tekapo the good shepherd church is a cool site

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Berikon, Aargau, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Driving along Lake Pukaki we went to Mt Cook Village. The lake has a wonderful icy blue / turquois colour because of the glacier. A place to be in love with!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a big car park and viewing area. The views are breathtaking. No photo or description can do justice to what can be experienced.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In have seen blue lakes in h/bollywood movies and have often wondered.. how much of that is real and how much photo shopped. Whatever the reviews and pics below tell you, nothing prepares you for the first time you actually see Lake Pukaki with your own eyes.. Driving up from Wanaka in a campervan, we turned left on SH80 towards... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This lake is so crystal blue we are all amazed and stunned by its pristine beauty. I spent a long time there admiring god creation. The scenery is so beautiful it's almost magical. This lake is much more beautiful than lake Tekapo. And one must try the award wining fresh salmon sold at a nearby shop. The salmon sashimi is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There area a few ways to view Lake Pukaki. This is of course one of the locations used in the filming of the Hobbit trilogy. The lake colour is amazing and a result of runoff. If you are here to have a gander at Mt Cook in the distance, then I recommend driving a wee bit further to the Peter's... More 

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