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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The blueness of the waters is so beautiful ... words fall short of description ... it was a very calm day so the there were hardly an ripples .. we were mesmerized with the beauty and stillness ...

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank S B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lake Pukaki ( used in Lord of the Rings trilogy) is the most stunning shade of blue...we visited on a glorious autumn day when the sky and colours were at their very best. The lake is an unbelievable colour...., the rivers tumble down and into...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though Lake Pukaki was still beautiful on a cloudy day, we would have really liked to have had a view of the mountains as well. The exceptional blue waters of the lake were stunningly visible and no less blue.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank eelSeattle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Maybe because of the time and sunlight, the colour was not as what we expected. The salmon sold in the shop was delicious which I highly recommend. Please avoid the coffee! You will appreciate my warning.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank YuiYY
Reviewed April 17, 2019 via mobile

My partner and I drove a campervan, camping overnight is free. Pretty sight and there's a nearby mound to just sit by and watch the sun set behind the mountainous skyline. Would recommend shades if you plan to sit outside since the sun sets in...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 15, 2019

One of stunning blue lake I have ever visited with its gorgeous view (Mt. Cook view). Take a time to drive around until Mt. Cook area to see another angles of it, you won't regret!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Dewi A
Reviewed April 12, 2019

One 3,400 m mountain (Cook) and many 3,000 m peaks host glaciers from which rivers eventually flow into Lake Pukaki. Finely ground rock produced by the glaciers remains in suspension in the lake waters and reflecting sunlight give the distinctive milky blue hue. Good opportunities...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank idmacgregor
Reviewed April 4, 2019

Don't just stop at Tekapo, take some time to visit Lake Pukaki. If you're heading to Mt. Cook, you'll spend a good twenty minutes drivung along the banks and have plenty of amazing photo ops. There is very little development around the lake, so it...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 2fromTX
Reviewed April 4, 2019

This is a lake like no other. It is turquoise in colour and stretches 65km up to the slops of Mt Cook. Just an incredible view and lots more especially when to travel up towards Mt Cook and the Hermitage. Asked about my most memorable...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank electrickev
Reviewed April 3, 2019

As many others have written, simply a gorgeous lake with beautiful Mt Cook in the background. We were fortunate to have sunny weather and blue skies. The drive up from Twizel to Mt Cook National Park was stunning. Not to be missed. Spectacular in the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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