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Lake Pukaki Tours

If you've ever seen a picture of Lake Pukaki, you can be forgiven for thinking there’s no way that this lake could possibly be real. After all, the color of the water—a shining, rich, deep shade of turquoise—has the same captivating and alluring effect as a pair of misty-blue eyes. The hue of the water seems to match the sky, and in addition to being surrounded by open plains, the towering spire of Aoraki/Mount Cook stands watch over most of the shoreline. Isolated, empty, and incomparably scenic, there are few places on the South Island of New Zealand which can inspire nearly as much awe. 

Running north-to-south and glacially-fed, this narrow lake parallels the road which leads to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. It’s the glacial silt from the Southern Alps which gives the lake its trademark hue, and on the clearest of days when the turquoise waters are backed by snowcapped Mount Cook, it’s a panorama that easily has the ability to drain your entire camera battery. Summer is the most popular time to visit—due to the warm temperatures and clear views of the mountains—although unpredictable alpine weather can roll through during any time of year. During the winter the views of Mount Cook are often obscured by clouds, but on the rare days when blue skies accompany the lakeside snow drifts, there is a good chance you’ll have the lake completely to yourself.

More than just a scenic picture, however, there are also numerous walking trails which begin from the shore of the lake. Seeing as the lone road leading in towards Mount Cook is the only semblance of development, ten minutes of walking on a trail can leave you enveloped by the surrounding wilderness. The road is also a popular route for cyclists touring the country by bicycle, and whether you visit independently, or on your own two wheels, or as part of a guided tour, everyone who gazes upon Lake Pukaki can agree on its unrivaled beauty.

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Mount Cook to Christchurch Tour, Mount Cook, null
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Mount Cook to Christchurch Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Sit back and relax on this one-way tour from Mount Cook to Christchurch. Travel down the western side of Lake Pukaki and see the breathtaking views of this ...  Read more

Location: Mount Cook, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 50 minutes (approx.)

From USD $114.62
Mount Cook to Wanaka Tour, Mount Cook, Bus Services
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Mount Cook to Wanaka Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

In the afternoon, depart the Mount Cook village and travel down the western side of Lake Pukaki at the foot of New Zealand's tallest mountain, Mount Cook. On ...  Read more

Location: Mount Cook, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $152.12
Mount Cook Private Day Tour via Lake Tekapo including Lunch, Christchurch, Bus Services
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Mount Cook Private Day Tour via Lake Tekapo including Lunch

Aoraki/ Mount Cook is about a 4 hrs scenic drive from Christchurch with some of the most spectacular & breathtaking landscapes on the way. It is a home to ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 12 to 13 hrs

From USD $246.93
Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook Full-Day Tour, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook Full-Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

See the majestic beauty of the South Island on this one-way tour from Queenstown to Christchurch via the rugged landscape and scenic country surrounding Mount ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $176.18
Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch, Christchurch, Day Trips
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Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Travel by road on a full day tour from Christchurch to Mount Cook, Australasia's highest mountain. Along the way you'll pass through the spectacular scenery ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $265.33
Queenstown to Mount Cook Tour, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Queenstown to Mount Cook Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Depart Queenstown and its surrounding lush green farmland and relax as you take in the spectacular scenery that changes from the winding Kawarau River Gorge to ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $109.67
Christchurch to Mount Cook One-Way Tour, Christchurch, Day Trips
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Christchurch to Mount Cook One-Way Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Take the scenic route from Christchurch to Mount Cook in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach, admiring spectacular scenery along the way.

Location: Christchurch, concludes Mount Cook, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.71
Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight, Mount Cook, Day Trips
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Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Experience this magnificent alpine environment with a high scenic flight over the Ben Ohau mountains. Watch as the landscape changes from low rolling hills, ...  Read more

Location: Mount Cook, New Zealand
Duration: 35 minutes (approx.)

From USD $265.33
Hovercraft Amphibious Afternoon Adventure Cruise on Lake Pukaki from Twizel, Mount Cook, Helicopter ... 
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Hovercraft Amphibious Afternoon Adventure Cruise on Lake Pukaki from Twizel

Join us on a 40- minute scenic trip around Lake Pukaki. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful views and informative commentary from your crew member of the iconic ...  Read more

Location: Twizel, New Zealand
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $84.91
Christchurch to Wanaka via Mount Cook One-Way Tour, Christchurch, Day Cruises
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Christchurch to Wanaka via Mount Cook One-Way Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

This full day tour departs Christchurch in the morning, and travels through the rich pastoral farmland of the Canterbury Plains before heading inland to the ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, concludes Wanaka, New Zealand
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $234.20

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