This shot is pretty much straight out of the camera :)
An absolutely awesome sight as we drove to it and completely unbelievable that this is the exact colour of the water...really amazing! For anyone visiting the South Island this is a MUST!
Wikipedia has attempted to explain why the water is the colour it is:
The glacial feed to the lakes gives them a distinctive blue colour, created by glacial flour, the extremely finely ground rock particles from the glaciers. Lake Pukaki covers an area of 178.7 kmē, and the surface elevation of the lake normally ranges from 518.2 to 532 metres above sea level.
The lake is fed at its northern end by the braided Tasman River, which has its source in the Tasman and Hooker Glaciers, close to Aoraki/Mount Cook. Good views of the mountain, 70 kilometres to the north, can be had from the southern shore of the lake.
And below is an aerial view of the lake :)
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