Pukaki and Aoraki together is truly a moment to remember forever.

Mount Cook (Aoraki), the highest mountain in New Zealand, lies on the Northern base of Lake Pukaki - this will definitely be good.

Getting there all depends on where you're coming from. To start, GPS the Lake Pukaki Information Centre and then explore as you wish. Follow motorway 8 along the South end of the lake for a few different parking spots. Climb some rocks and get blown away (literally, the winds can get pretty strong.)

"Lake Pukaki is the largest of three roughly parallel alpine lakes running north-south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin on New Zealand's South Island." - Wikipedia

Here you can prepare yourself for an incredible sunset and/or some stargazing. With an incredible view of the turquoise blue lake and Aoraki resting right in front of you... skipping rocks has never been so fun.

It's sure to be a drive to go down in the books.

Pack List

  • Good vibes
  • Camera
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Lake
Scenic

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Nearby Adventures

More Nearby Adventures

Hike the Mount John Walkway

From the lakefront, walk left until you reach the trailhead. It takes around 1-1.5 hours to walk it at an average pace.

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Hike the Benmore Peninsula Track

The Benmore Peninsula track is approximately a 4km loop circuit and takes around 1.5 hours to complete. It is not a particularly physically demanding hike, but beautiful nonetheless.

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Rock Climb at Unwin Crag

Getting to the Unwin Crag can be more of an adventure than the rock climb itself. You can park at the Unwin Lodge or at the car park at the bottom of the crag.

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