This walk starts at the Pines Camping area just east of the Pukaki River spillway. It is signposted off the northern side of SH 8 and there is plenty of car parking. The walk follows an old track around the southern and eastern shores of Lake Pukaki. It forms part of the Te Araroa Trail (Long Pathway). The Lake Pukaki section of the track finishes at Tekapo B Power Station.
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.
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.
South Island ▷ Mount Cook - MacKenzie ▷ Twizel
This lake is soooo amazing. Compared to the two nearby it's pretty warm to swim in and such a gorgeous colour. We road the A20 in January and visiting this lake and the rail along side was the highlight. Views are outstanding is the weather is kind to you.
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Most beautiful lake I have ever seen. Go there when it is sunny with some clouds. Turquoise water that is also incredibly clear.
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Not to easy to find the entrance but once inside is amazing and you can easy find nice spot and start relaxing. Near the trees you can find the public toilet but it stinks a lot.
Jaime Alarma Olmos
Stunning blue water with Mt Cook in the horizon. Good and well maintained treks around the lake.
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Came here after Lake Tekapo. Just so beautiful but much quieter. Great place to swim and picnic.
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The Lake Pukaki and the Tekapo Lake are one of the most beautiful spots on earth.
Nice lake which looks like a mirror. On sunny days the landscape is beautiful.