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Explore Lake Pukaki

Tekapo, New Zealand


Added by Tiffany Young

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.)

UPDATE: In recent years, Lake Pukaki has exploded in popularity and to help reduce the liter and promote cautious adventuring, toilets have been put in place. However, that has not been enough. The reality of this beautiful glacial lake has become a center for rubbish. Please, please, please respect this beautiful place and take out your rubbish or pick up a few pieces of other careless acts. Your kindness will infleunce those around you.

"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.

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