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Lake Pukaki Foreshore Walk

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The Lake Pukaki Foreshore Walk is an easy day walk around the southern end of Lake Pukaki. 

This walk is a great way to truly enjoy the sights of the lake and the Southern Alps. The track winds its way around the lake towards the Tekapo B Power Station. 

Though pine trees can be seen along some parts of this track, the walk does not really provide any shade and can be very hot during summer days. The walk around the lake provides much of the same view after some point, so many people will not complete the entirety of the walk until the power station. Once you’ve had your fill, simply turn around and make your way back along the same route. 

This walk makes up part of the Te Araroa track as well as the Alps 2 Ocean trail. This means you most likely will run into bikers or trampers as you meander around the lake. 

The most stunning view along this way is right at the start where the car park is. You can see straight down the lake to Aoraki Mount Cook nestled between the surrounding mountains.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Lake Pukaki, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 4 hour walk
        • Distance: 13 km
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Bikes allowed: Yes
        • Route: Return
        • Elevation: None
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: There are toilets at the car park at the start of the walk.
        • Dogs: Unknown
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: May, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track offers views of Lake Pukaki and across the lake to the Southern Alps, including views of Aoraki/Mount Cook on a clear day.

  • Track Quality

    This track is a mix of 4WD track and grassy terrain.

  • Hazards

    None

  • Transport

    No

  • Water

    Unknown

  • Driving Instructions

    This walk can be started at many points along the lake side of SH8. A popular place to start is near the start of the Pukaki Kettle Hole Track.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There is a salmon farm nearby where you can get sushi and sashimi.

  • Area & Track History

    Lake Pukaki is the largest of the 3 lakes in the Mackenzie Basin, the other two being Lake Ohau and Lake Tekapo. The lake’s iconic deep blue colour is achieved by the finely ground minerals carried in the glacier-fed waters. 

    This walk makes up part of the Te Araroa Trail, the 3000 km track from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

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Map of Lake Pukaki Foreshore Walk

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Lake Pukaki, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand

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