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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lake Pukaki (Twizel and Aoraki / Mount Cook)

Lake Pukaki is the largest of three roughly parallel alpine lakes running north-south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin on New Zealand's South Island.

We drop by on a One-stop information and booking centre. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Booking center for your South Island holiday from accommodation to activities and transport. Great selection of souvenirs available for purchase, which can't resist to buy some. At the back of this Centre has a great lake view for picture taking which I enjoyed.
AORAKI / MOUNT COOK is the highest mountain in New Zealand, reaching a height of 3,754 metres (12,316 ft). It lies in the Southern Alps, the mountain range which runs the length of the South Island. A popular tourist destination, it is also a favourite challenge for mountain climbers.

We went to Pukaki Airport for scenic helicopter flight of mount cook but sad to say, flight on that site  cannot be done for weather is not good. It's okay New Zealand offered a lot of Scenic Helicopter site.

Aoraki / Mount Cook consists of three summits lying slightly south and east of the main divide, the Low Peak, Middle Peak and High Peak, with the Tasman Glacier to the east and the Hooker Glacier to the west.

The alpine village of Mount Cook, located in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, provides a range of accommodation from an international style hotel to motels, backpackers and camping.

You can enjoy 4WD safaris, boating on the glacier lakes, horse treks, fishing, scenic flights with snow landings and numerous Walks and Hikes. During the winter guided ski experiences onto New Zealand's longest glacier, the Tasman, is a popular activity and a unique Mount Cook wedding location. 

There's so much to do here yet had very limited time.

Twizel is a Town of Trees

Twizel is a town in the Mackenzie Basin, part of the Mackenzie District of the Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island. Its residential population is 1,017, but in summer the population more than triples. It also is the venue for the maadi rowing cup.

Central to all the attractions of the Aoraki Mt Cook Mackenzie region, with the Southern Alps as a backdrop, the alpine retreat of Twizel is close to five picturesque lakes, including a world-standard rowing course and Formula One class boating area at Lake Ruataniwha.

If fishing is your love and catching salmon, brown or rainbow trout is what you dream of then go past any of Twizel's rivers, lakes or canals.

Visiting a working canal salmon farm at High Country Salmon. You can see the glacial blue water. Feeding the salmon and you can buy fresh and smoked salmon. 

Twizel's terrain is ideal for skydiving, rock and mountain climbing. Unwind enjoying a round of golf, skiing or snowboarding in winter, relaxing in the cafes.

Twizel is now a centre for tourism in the Aoraki Mount Cook Mackenzie District. Twizel has a rich but brief history linked to the development of the massive Waitaki Valley hydroelectric scheme. A display with information on this is a must-visit at the Twizel Events Centre and at the Lake Pukaki Visitor Centre. 

New Zealand is a beautiful country with excellent landscape view and fascinating beautiful scenic that i'm surely you'll gonna love it too.

Lake Pukaki Visitor Centre
State Highway 8 Lake Pukaki
Zealand New 

High Country Salmon
State Highway 78 , Twizel
New Zealand

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