Story: South Canterbury places

Lake Pūkaki

Lake Pūkaki

The milky turquoise hue of Lake Pūkaki is produced by fine glacial rock flour, suspended in the water. The lake stores water for the Waitaki hydroelectric system, rising and falling according to demand. Aoraki/Mt Cook is in the background.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photograph by Jock Phillips

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

John Wilson, 'South Canterbury places - Mackenzie Country', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11447/lake-pukaki (accessed 6 December 2019)

Story by John Wilson, updated 17 Aug 2015