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Lake Pukaki

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.

 

New Zealand touring ideas

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 allows you the freedom to explore at leisure with the comfort and security of pre-booked activities and accommodations. Route suggestions, GPS and APP guidance plus local support mean you are in safe hands. See self drive ideas here

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