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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, flyfishing & Kaki Black Stilt tours.

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Activities in Aoraki/Mount Cook Mackenzie

Skiing

A Mackenzie winter will take your breath away. Experience a diverse range of snow fields ideal for beginners through to expert skiers and boarders. Then indulge in a variety of après ski activities.

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Cycling

With tracks catering for novice riders through to the more advanced technical rider, the Mackenzie region has many tracks of varying degrees of difficulty and distance including the 312 km Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.

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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

  • Mackenzie Highland Show

    The 116th Mackenzie A&P Highland Show will be held on the 21st of April 2014. The Mackenzie Show is always held on Easter Monday. It is the largest one day Show in Australasia with 12-15,000 through the gates. We sell ... Fairlie | Monday, 21 April 2014

  • Wheel of Experience

    Wonderful musicianship, NZ stories - Wheel of Experience tour May 2014 Three consummate performers and epic original songs – ‘Wheel of Experience’ brings the ‘wild west’ of New Zealand to exuberant ... Twizel | Sunday, 25 May 2014