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Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie Activities and Adventure Overview

Whether you are looking for a relaxing walk in native forest, a more demanding hike or trek into alpine wilderness, or a quiet place to sit and enjoy the view, the Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie region has it all.

Naturalists the world over come to view the wondrous variety of flowering native plants ad the unique insect and bird life in the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park.

Glorious mountain walks to suit every degree of fitness show off the national park's rich flora, including the Mount Cook "lily", the largest buttercup in the world.

Scenic flights from Lake Tekapo and Aoraki / Mount Cook afford breathtaking views over the Southern Alps and countryside, with ski-plane landings on the Tasman Glacier providing an unforgettable experience. Ski options are available, including heli-skiing and ski touring, and guides are available for climbing, mountaineering, tramping or trekking, snowboarding and glacier exploration.

The Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie region also offers a wide range of boating and water sport activities and is a popular venue with sports people from all over the world.

With so many things to see and do, you can see why you need to allow plenty of time to explore the Mackenzie.