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Photo of the Day: Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki

My favourite lake in the whole of New Zealand is Lake Pukaki. It is such a gorgeous blue that you have to see it to believe it! During our year living in New Zealand we drove alongside it at every possible opportunity (which was a lot) but I first clapped eyes on this lake all the way back in 2006 which was when this photo was taken. We spent an amazing 8 days travelling round New Zealand’s South island in 2006 during a round the world trip me and my husband took.

Mount Cook (another favourite place of ours) can be seen in the background  – and the road to Mount Cook runs alongside this stunning lake.

If you are lucky enough to visit New Zealand do not leave without seeing Lake Pukaki – it will simply take your breath away!

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All photographs are copyright of Nicola Barnard Photography.

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The magnificent Mount Cook

Friday 19th October: AM Mount Cook to Lake Tekapo

Our wish came true this morning and we awoke to bright blue sky and a perfect view of Mount Cook (see pic to the left)!  It had also snowed overnight so there was loads of snow on the mountains and it looked really beautiful. We decided to change our Glacier Explorers boat trip time to get on the earlier one at 9.30am (instead of 11.00am) to make the most of the good weather. After breakfast we checked in for our trip and boarded a coach to take us out towards the Tasman Glacier lake. We then took a 15 minute walk from the car park with a small group of others to the Tasman Glacier lake. The Tasman Glacier is the largest glacier in New Zealand and pretty spectacular! See more photos in my gallery below. We were separated into smaller groups and allocated guides – ours were named Duncan and Claire and were great guides. We boarded our small boat onto the lake and set off on our boat trip. We were out on the lake for around an hour and had a fantastic time. We got really close to the icebergs in the lake – so we could touch them, and were also able to touch and hold small sections of ice that had broken off the icebergs – which were like crystals. Claire was very informative giving us loads of interesting info about the glacier. The weather was simply perfect and the views were incredible. We also got within a few 100 metres (no closer due to safety reasons!) of the glacier face whilst on the boat, which was wonderful to see. The trip flew by all too quickly but we really enjoyed our time and soon headed back to shore for the short walk and bus journey back to the hotel. Following lunch at the Sir Edmund Hilary alpine cafe we sadly left Mount Cook – travelling back along the beautiful Lake Pukaki in lovely sunshine (see a couple of pics below). I will post separately about the rest of the day on a Lake Tekapo post.

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