Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Lake Pukaki


More form our travels through New Zealand, November 2019

The glacial waters of lake Pukaki, South Island.

NZ Rd to Mt Cook Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki, a shimmering blue jewel set against a backdrop of Aoraki/Mt Cook, gets its distinctive deep blue tones from finely-ground minerals carried in the glacier-fed waters.

There are lots of blue wonders such as this 

It’s a long ribbon shaped lake, formed by  a terminal moraine dam   ( sigh, I loved glaciation in geography at school).

NZ Rd to Mt Cook Lake Pukaki Texture_

Water from the lake is used to make hydro electricity,  a canal carries the water to the power station. I think it may be a little chilly for a swim, even though it looks like a swimming pool.  The height of the dam  was raised

NZ lake Pukaki Canal_

(Mr Uphilldowndale would very much like to know by how much, but I’ve not tracked that info down yet, is it any wonder it is taking me so long to write these posts?) .


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

8 thoughts on “Lake Pukaki

  1. from Wikipedia
    “The lake has been raised twice to increase storage capacity (9m in 1952, and 37m in 1976 )”.
    Along with other interesting ? stuff such as
    “The current lake has an operating range of 13.8 m (the level within which it can be artificially raised or lowered), giving it an energy storage capacity of 1,595 GWh. Along with Lake Tekapo’s 770 GWh storage, it provides over half New Zealand’s hydroelectricity storage capacity.”


  2. There just aren’t enough superlatives. It’s beautiful, all of it: the mountains, the water. How I envy your trip — what sights you have seen!

  3. Stunning photos of magnificent scenery.

  4. Pingback: Quiet contemplation | Uphilldowndale

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