New Zealand, Aoraki (Mt Cook)

Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier

5.0Walking trailsScenic viewsGlacial lakesGlaciers

Enjoy stunning views of the glacial lakes from the Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier lookouts, located a short hike from one another. They provide an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, lakes, and Tasman Glacier – the largest glacier in New Zealand, covering an area of over 40 square miles.

The Blue Lakes are formed by the melting of the Tasman Glacier, and their vivid blue color is caused by the refraction of sunlight on the glacial silt in the water.

A short hike from the Blue Lakes lookout takes you to the Tasman Glacier lookout, where you can witness the glacier up close and marvel at its sheer size and beauty.