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Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie Region

​Located in the centre of New Zealand's South Island, Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie is home to breathtaking landscapes and the kiwi spirit of adventure. Experience clear starry nights in the world's largest International Dark Sky Reserve, turquoise lakes, snow-capped mountains and New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki / Mount Cook.

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Fairlie

Fairlie is the eastern gateway to the Mackenzie region. It offers an almost surreal contrast from its rich, green rolling hills and pastures to the grand, open, shimmering highland. It is an outdoor lover's paradise. Enjoy a round of golf, lake and river fishing, hunting, farm tours, hiking and fantastic skiing in the winter.

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Lake Tekapo

Gaze at the most spectacular night sky in the world's largest, gold status International Dark Sky Reserve. See awe-inspiring views of Lake Tekapo's turquoise waters and the majestic Southern Alps through the Church of the Good Shepherd's altar window. Enjoy scenic flights, hot pools, hiking, horse trekking, skiing and skating.

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Aoraki / Mount Cook Village

The alpine village of Aoraki / Mount Cook provides a range of accommodation options and is the stepping stone to numerous activities from thrilling scenic flights to leisurely hikes, glacier lake boat tours, fly fishing and 4WD adventures. All set against spectacular mountain vistas.

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Twizel

The springboard for any holiday with easy access to majestic Aoraki / Mount Cook. Twizel is only 20 minutes from 5 boating and leisure lakes, including a world class rowing course. Outdoor options include helibiking, skydiving, kayaking, golf, Lord of the Rings tours, fly-fishing & Kaki Black Stilt tours.

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Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie Region
Fairlie
Lake Tekapo
Aoraki / Mount Cook Village
Twizel

Activities in Aoraki/Mount Cook Mackenzie

Walking & Hiking

The Mackenzie region has something for everyone - from easy half hour walks along formed paths, to alpine hikes that can last days and take you into the vast wilderness of the Southern Alps.

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Scenic Flights

One of the best ways to experience Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie's spectacular scenery is by taking a flightseeing tour by fixed wing plane or helicopter.

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Stargazing

Over 4,300 km² of Mackenzie night sky has been recognised as an International Dark Sky Reserve - the largest such reserve in the world and one of the best stargazing sites on earth.

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Events

  • Science Roadshow

    The Science Roadshow offers school children, their teachers and accompanying parents and wider public visitors an opportunity to explore various science and technology concepts by ‘touch and feel’. It provides a ... Fairlie | Friday, 13 November 2015

  • Mackenzie Highland A&P Show

    Fairlie | Monday, 28 March 2016