Tekapo Canal and Lake Pukaki Viewpoint
We had intended to drive along the Tekapo Canal to Lake Pukaki. But this had been restricted to walkers and cyclists. It is still a nice viewpoint and the hydro canals are a unique point of interest in the MacKenzie Basin. They connect the natural lakes – Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau – to the Waitaki Valley hydro lakes to create a large hydropower catchment.
A bit further down the road is the first viewpoint over Lake Pukaki. On this day, the lake had a cold, steely, still look.