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Marker Bay walk is an easy and short walk. It is a nice break on the drive into or out of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. The start of the walk is easily located off of SH8 at the edge of Lake Pukaki.

By far the most interesting part of the track is its history. Part of the Marker Bay walk is over what was once Lake Pukaki village. In 1979, the lake levels were raised and the village disappeared. While most traces of the village are gone, an old concrete water reservoir still stands. This reservoir is located on this walk. The track actually heads past the reservoir towards the lake. 

Parts of this walk also leads through pine trees. This landscape is a little different than most of the walks around Lake Pukaki which are through grassland. Similarly, instead of offering views of the Mackenzie high country, the views along Marker Bay walk are focused on Lake Pukaki and a nestled cove at the end of the walk. 

You will also be able to enjoy views of the surrounding mountains, which are covered in snow during the winter months.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Lake Pukaki, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 20 minute walk
        • Distance: 1 km
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Bikes allowed: Unknown
        • Route: Return
        • Elevation: None
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Unknown
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: May, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This walk ends in a nestled cove beside Lake Pukaki.

  • Track Quality

    This is an easy well-gravelled track.

  • Hazards


  • Transport


  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    Drive 10 km north of Twizel to the edge of Lake Pukaki just off SH 8 immediately before the Lake Pukaki dam.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby


  • 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. 

    The walk is over an area where Lake Pukaki village stood before the water levels were raised in 1979.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

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Map of Marker Bay

Here is the map for Marker Bay showing it’s location in New Zealand. You can change the view on the map to satellite if you prefer to see an image of where the walk is instead.

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