When the light is right, Lake Pukaki is a bright shade of turquoise. Its cold waters refracting the light from the ultra-fine glacial silt that is suspended in the water, unable to settle. These man-made lakes have had the unexpected consequence of complementing the mountains that surround the lake.
The lakes are in the Mackenzie Country of high alpine plains on the edge of the Southern Alps. Not far away is the Aoraki / My Cook National Park.
Everyone travelling between Queenstown and Christchurch will travel through this area.
Tours that stay overnight at Lake Pukaki
Overland Tours from Auckland
A great way to see most of New Zealand by starting in Auckland in the North Island and finishing in Queenstown in the South Island.more >
This camping tour takes in all the routes on offer to create a comprehensive itinerary that starts and finishes in Auckland and travels all over New Zealand. If you want to do it all then this is the tour for you.more >