1 hour, 4km loop track
This walk starts just east of the Pukaki River Spillway. It’s signposted off the southern side of State Highway 8 and there is a designated car parking area.
This walk is on relatively easy terrain, a mix of shingle 4WD tracks and walking over grass and tussock land, on undulating terrain.
From the car park, follow a 4WD track to the Pukaki Terminal Moraine Conservation Area. Then follow a grassy track which leads to the distinct kettle hole. There are spectacular views over Lake Pukaki and around the Mackenzie Basin.
From State Highway 8, turn up Highway 80 (towards Aoraki/Mount Cook). Follow this road for a short distance and there is a car parking area near the start of the track.
A short walk of only 10 minutes duration with a short climb to the boulders.
Hop over the stile and it is a short climb up to the Pukaki Boulders, which are glacial erratic deposited by the Tasman Glacier over 10,000 years ago. Tibetan prayer flags are a memorial to several climbing guides and these flags are maintained by the local climbing fraternity.
Public toilets are available at the car park situated at the southern point of Lake Pukaki, just a few minutes from this walk.
4 hours, 13km return
This walk can be started on the lake side of State Highway 8, near the starting point for the Pukaki Kettlehole Walk. Park off the road and the track can be started at many points here.
Relatively flat undulating terrain on 4WD tracks and grassy areas.
This walk is a short section of the Te Araroa (long pathway) and makes a great walk. It meanders around the southern end of Lake Pukaki with lovely views out over the lake and to the Southern Alps, including views of Aoraki/Mount Cook on a clear day.