Lake Pukaki runs along side the highway into Mt Cook and is the second largest of the 3 main alpine lakes that run along the northern edge of the McKenzie basin.
Originally created by a receding glacier the flow from the Tasman Glacier and Hooker Glacier provide the lake with its distinctive turquoise colour as tiny rock particles or ‘rock flour' reflects the sunlight, much like Lake Tekapo. An informative visitor centre provides a great insight into the formation of the lake and the region.
Covering an area of 80 square kilometres, from the southern end you can clearly see Mt Cook around 70 kilometres away on a clear day. Water is drawn from the lake via large canals to drive hydro electric generators.
A popular style of touring is to take a preplanned self drive road trip. After a thorough consultation with you we expertly plan and create your self drive tour around New Zealand. These tours allow you the freedom to explore at leisure with the comfort and security of pre-booked activities and accommodations. Route suggestions, APP guidance plus local support mean your New Zealand vacation is in safe hands. See self drive ideas here
If you prefer to let someone else do the work then an escorted small group tour might be for you. Our sister company at New Zealanbd Coach has a range of hand picked small group itineraries are ideal if you prefer to travel in the company of like minded people. Tours are limited to a certain number of participants which means different accommodation options, exclusive activities and of course a knowledgeable guide ensures you get to see the best of New Zealand. See small group tours here.
A private guided tour offers true flexibility and the security of a knowledgeable local guiding you all the way. Well planned itineraries ensure you see exactly what you want to see but with your own driver-guide you can adapt to suit the day or your preference. 100% tailor-made to suit you a private tour is a great option when travelling as a small group. All our self drive itineraries can be replanned and priced using a private driver and guide, so if it is what you fancy just contact us to discuss.
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