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Stunning colour

Really loved Lake Pukaki (which is prettier than its more well-known neighbour Lake Tekapo and less tourists). The colour of the lake is a milky aquamarine, like someone has... read more

Reviewed February 22, 2016
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Reviewed February 22, 2016 via mobile

Really loved Lake Pukaki (which is prettier than its more well-known neighbour Lake Tekapo and less tourists). The colour of the lake is a milky aquamarine, like someone has poured milk into a crystal blue lake. Driving to Mount Cook is a delight as you follow the river most of the way.

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 21, 2016

My husband, daughter and I fell in love with Lake Pukaki! The beauty of this visually-stunning, turquoise, limpid, glacial lake is enhanced by the splendour of the surrounding snow-capped Southern Alps - or perhaps it is the other way round? No matter, the scenery is simply stunning! We were staying at nearby Lake Tekapo (equally stunning!) and decided to drive... More 

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed February 18, 2016

The drive from Twizel to Tekapo past Lake Pukaki is amazing: turqouise glacial water, and Mount Cook in the background. There's a place to pull off of the highway just after crossing the canal - you can drive up the water's edge for a picnic or swim. Highly recommended!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed February 17, 2016

This was one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand. Of all the lakes we saw, Lake Pukaki was BY FAR the most beautiful. The blue water is incredible! We drove here early in the morning and stopped a LOT along the way to take photos, did the Hooker Valley Trek for 3 hours and then stopped a... More 

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Albany, Australia
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Reviewed February 10, 2016

The colour of this lake needs to be seen to be believed. Amazing blue! The drive towards Mt Cook is stunning, with incredible views of the lake and of the mountains. Some great places for camping are available around the lake as well. In addition to seeing the lake it's worth the drive towards Mt Cook and doing some of... More 

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Reviewed February 9, 2016

Stunning vistas of Mt Cook.Wildflowers,crystal blue water,views that seem to go on forever.Great photo spot of Mt Cook

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Gold coast
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Reviewed February 8, 2016

It had just been pouring it down with rain when we stopped at the lake. The clouds were all down, and the mountains were barely visible, but it took nothing away from its sheer beauty. The colour of the water, and the way the clouds covered the mountains was breathtaking. Make sure you stop here for a photo.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 7, 2016

We stopped by Lake Pukaki when we were on our way to Mount Cook and were in complete awe of it's beauty. The glistening blue water is hard to miss, and the backdrop of Mount cook in the background makes it look so majestic. There is a small look out on the way to Mount cook where everyone parks to... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed February 1, 2016

When we saw the lake it wasn't as blue as usually is due to weather but never the less it was still stunning

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Reviewed January 30, 2016

Flew into Queenstown from Melbourne. Many many amazing humongous lakes incl lake wakatipu and lake tekapo. But the lake which to me was jaw dropping beautiful was lake pukaki otw to mt cook. It was so so unreal blue. The landscape in South Island incl Milford Sound was so so beautiful.

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