Travel Itinerary for the Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie Region
Christchurch – Fairlie
Welcome to Fairlie, the gateway to the Mackenzie
Mountain bike to Lake Opuha, fish in the lake or enjoy a short walk
Lunch at one of the many cafés, visit shops in town
Call into the Fairlie Heritage Museum
Stay the night at one of Fairlie's many accommodation options including a farmstay
Fairlie – Lake Tekapo
Leaving Fairlie visit the Kimbell Garage Art Gallery and St Patrick’s Church at Burkes Pass
Arrive at Lake Tekapo. Visit the famous Church of the Good Shepherd and sheepdog statue alongside the turquoise lake
Enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot pools, or indulge in a massage
Stay at one of many Lake Tekapo accommodation options
Experience the inspirational stargazing tour at Mount John Observatory
Lake Tekapo – Aoraki / Mount Cook
Walk or drive up Mount John. Enjoy a coffee and spectacular 360 degree panoramic views of the Mackenzie Basin, Southern Alps and Aoraki / Mount Cook
Visit a salmon farm located alongside the Hydro Canal Road
Visit the Lake Pukaki Visitor Centre for all your travel information and booking requirements
Enjoy a scenic flight on the way to Aoraki / Mount Cook. Some even land on the snow!
Stop at Glentanner Park Centre for heli flights, heli biking, horse trekking and many other activities
Stay in Aoraki / Mount Cook Village at one of several accommodation options available
Aoraki / Mount Cook – Twizel
Visit Aoraki / Mount Cook Visitor Centre for information on walks in the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park
Take a guided 4WD tour or enjoy a boat ride on the glacial lakes
For the more adventurous, pump your blood with mountain climbing, ski the Tasman Glacier or take a skydive (based at Pukaki airport)
Get some local takeout food and enjoy a picnic lunch at Lake Ruataniwha
Go boating, kayaking or fishing
Stay at one of Twizel’s many bed & breakfasts, lodges or motels
Twizel – Queenstown
After a leisurely breakfast, visit the DOC Kaki Black Stilt recovery programme
Head south following SH8 to Wanaka or Queenstown
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.