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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lake Pukaki was intended as a pit stop on the way to Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo. Well, it blew Lake Tekapo out of the water!! It was a sunny day so the colour was just gorgeous and the vistas breathtaking. It was everything I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank alittlefallofrain
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did not expect this lake to be one of my most favorite stop in New Zealand. On our way to Lake Tekapo from Mt. Cook, we drove along Lake Pukaki and the Salmon shop. Decided to pay a visit to the salmon shop and we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Kumaboo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was fortunate to be able to visit a few different viewpoints around the lake. The best one would be from the DOC freedom campsite located across the tourist information centre.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Fadzillah A
Reviewed 13 December 2018 via mobile

Stopped by Lake Pukaki for a toilet break on our way to Lake Tekapo. I was pleasantly surprised by the stunning views of Lake Pukaki and was glad we made this unscheduled stop.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 264gweny
Reviewed 7 December 2018 via mobile

You will have to hug the West Bank of Lake Pukaki on the way to the Hooker Valley Track, and the views are stunning. This is actually the lake I love most, even better than Tekapo, Wanaka and Wakatipu due to the beautiful turquoise colour...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Flymehigh
Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

Probably one of the most beautiful places I have visited, plenty of free camping around the lake and the view of mount cook on a clear day is a site to be seen

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 12 November 2018

You get wonderful views of the mountains as well as the view of the brilliant blue water of the lake. It is very relaxing sitting and looking over the water to the mountains.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Brian M
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

Lake Pukaki... Tons of tourists, avoid if possible. BUT!! On a good day, the waters will be a bed of turquoise, and that is a sight to behold. The small salmon house serves amazingly fresh salmon! Depending on your luck for the $39 platter, you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank whatmarkshoots
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

A good stopover on the way from Tekapo to Wanaka (its closer to Tekapo). Too bad it was raining badly when we drove pass here (so we could not see Mt Cook and it was just freezing cold) but nothing could stop us from having...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank evak233
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Stop off at the visitor centre and viewpoint at the south of the lake. What a stunning view. The colour of the water is unreal. Amazing place to take in nature and the scale of the scenery.

Date of experience: August 2018
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