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Travelling to Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie


The Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie region is situated in the centre of New Zealand’s South Island. Superbly located, the region is just 2.5 hours drive south of Christchurch and approximately 2.5 hours drive north of Queenstown.


The region can be accessed through a number of airport gateways. New Zealand international airports are located in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown. Christchurch and Queenstown are the closest to the Mackenzie region. Charter flights are then available to the 4 Mackenzie based airports located at Glentanner, Aoraki / Mount Cook, Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo.


The Cook Connection offers a shuttle service with informative commentary between Lake Tekapo, Twizel and Aoraki / Mount Cook between the months of September and May.


New Zealand is a great place to drive, but visitors should be aware of the New Zealand road rules. As well as the obvious ones, such as driving on the left side of the road, we have some more unusual ones, mainly to do with right of way. Visit the Land Transport Safety Authority's Overseas Drivers section for some excellent advice for international drivers in New Zealand.

Driving times and distances

Approximate driving times in the Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie region:

  • 30 minutes Fairlie - Lake Tekapo
  • 45 minutes Lake Tekapo - Twizel
  • 1hr 15 minutes Lake Tekapo - Aoraki / Mount Cook
  • 45 minutes Aoraki / Mount Cook - Twizel


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