Recently dubbed for having one of the clearest waters in the world, Lake Pukaki in New Zealand’s South Island is the largest of three very similar looking lakes, that run parallel to each other in the Mackenzie Basin.
It was our last stop before Queenstown and took only an hours drive from Lake Tekapo to arrive at our destination in the small town of Twizel. The town just 10 minutes south of the lake occupies a square with a few shops and eateries but is mostly used as a base for trampers heading to Mt Cook National park, home to the tallest peak in New Zealand, Aoraki.
With only a day to spare, we decided to take the drive to Mt Cook Village to see the mountains up close and personal. It took longer to get there than anticipated but was a pleasant drive alongside the lake, stopping off at Peter’s Lookout below.
As we got deeper into the national park the weather started to turn for the worst so we didn’t get to see as much as we’d liked. Thankfully we stumbled across the tourist centre, which has to be one of the most informative I’ve visited, taking you on a journey of all those who have braved the climbs and sadly some who have lost their lives.
If you’re a seafood lover like myself the one place you don’t want to bypass in the area is the Alpine Salmon Farm shop, situated at the very bottom of the lake on State Highway 8. It was so good that on our way back from Queenstown I stopped by for another helping, too tempting to resist for $10 a taster pack.
Salmon or no salmon, it’s worth the stop just for this…