Lake Tekapo to Lake Pukaki via Tekapo Canal

Turn off State Highway 8, where there is a sign post for the salmon farm.
Lake Pukaki, Canterbury
This scenic route offering expansive views of the McKenzie Country owes its existence to the ambitious hydro-electric scheme which harnesses the snow-derived waters of the MacKenzie Country lakes by using large man-made canals. En-route you will see a Salmon farm. Mt Cook Salmon offer self-guided tours of the farm for $3 a head.

Tekapo B power station which discharges into Lake Pukaki is a short distance from the end of the road. Tekapo B was commissioned in 1977. Its 2 80MW(e) generators have an annual output of 833 GWh.

Tuatara Tours offer guided cycling trips along the canals.

Ashley, ( chat2ash4@hotmail.com) comments: Enjoyed salmon farm. Took nice photos of the lovely view. Saw the fish jumping which was very cool.
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  • Tekapo B Power Station
    Tekapo B Power Station
  • Salmon farm on Tekapo Canal.
    Salmon farm on Tekapo Canal.
  • Upper Waitaki Power Scheme
    Upper Waitaki Power Scheme
  • Tekapo Canal
    Tekapo Canal
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