Lake Pukaki, Canterbury Region

Water Body · Nature / Park
Resting within a glacial valley ringed with mountains, Lake Pukaki ranks as one of the region's largest alpine bodies of water. Explore its rocky surroundings on foot or by bike using the network of nearby trails, or take to a kayak and enjoy the view from the water. You may recognize the lake as the real-life setting of Lake-town from "The Hobbit" films. While visiting, you'll notice its brilliant, light blue coloration, the result of tiny particles of rock crushed and deposited by the glacier itself. Keep an eye out on clear days, as you might catch a glimpse of the nearby Mount Cook rising distantly in the north. Make your Pukaki itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • Beautiful lake with fantastic views of the mountains in the distance. Bit windy on the day we visited but good for a viewing and a leg stretch.  more »
  • Pretty hard to beat this spot when thinking of beautiful views in NZ. we stayed here for a night in our caravan in the freedom camping spot. Beautiful starry night and that view is to die for.  more »
  • Fantabulous place to be at. Stunning views. Crystal clear water. Very picturesque place. The place could be more enjoyable if there can be some camping sites around it.
  • Another great freedom camping spot. Like all freedom camping get there between 4 - 6pm and you will get a good spot

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