The New Zealand lakes are spectacular photo ops! Each of these lake shots is comprised of multiple pictures. While I have significantly reduced their size in this post, since I’m uploading them to the web, the original files are enormously large. In fact, the original photo of the second Lake Pukaki shot is made up of 10 photos and is over 21,000 pixels wide. For a point of comparison, the one you see in this post is only 582 pixels wide.
The drive up to the Hermitage at Mount Cook (from Akaroa) was rather non-desript until, about 60 km or so from Mount Cook, the road turns and you see the base of the stunning Lake Pukaki. This was such a scenic spot, we visited it 3 times during the 2 night stay at the Hermitage. During each visit, the different weather conditions always made for eye-popping views and photos.