Pukaki Boulders walk

Pukaki Boulders walk

Lake Pukaki area


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20 Twizel

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Time: 10 min return

Access is along the Aoraki/Mt Cook highway approximately 5 km from the SH 8 turnoff. This short track is on the Lake Pukaki side of the highway and leads up to the Pukaki boulders. These boulders (called erratics) were deposited by glaciers that dominated the area between 12,000 and 200,000 years ago.

Tibetan prayer flags and a small plaque placed here are a memorial to several guides from the local climbing fraternity. The boulders are popular with rock climbers and mountaineers driven away from Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park by bad weather.

Getting there

The Mackenzie Basin is situated in the centre of New Zealand's South Island. It features mountains, lakes, rivers, beech forest remnants and rolling tussock country.

All of the walking tracks described here are easy to access from main roads and offer fantastic views of the Mackenzie high country, with the exception of Marker Bay which ends in a nestled cove beside Lake Pukaki.

Some of these walks include easements through private farmland. Please respect the landowners’ rights by keeping to the marked easements. These are well-signposted and marked by orange poles. Please ensure all public access gates for walkers are closed behind you.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieTwizel


  • Walking
  • Free


Mike Fricker's avatar

Mike Fricker

Ranking: 5/10

29Oct18. Went up the road for the requisite 5kms. Didn’t see it. Carried on to Peters Lookout and had coffee and cake then headed back.
Guess what, we saw it. The problem is the sign is set well back off the road on the lake side of the road by a stile over a fence and there is no parking area at all.
If you have a car or small vehicle you could manage to park on the shoulder but we had a large van and that was a no no.
However, a couple of kms down the road towards SH8 there is a larger gravel area on the lake side where you could park and walk back. We didn’t as the weather was not so good. Hopefully the view is as good as the first reviewer said it is!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Aafelien Posthumus's avatar

Aafelien Posthumus


Ranking: 9/10

Amazing view!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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