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Travel Itinerary for the Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie Region

Day 1

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

Day 2

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

Day 3

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

Day 4

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

Day 5

Twizel – Queenstown
  • After a leisurely breakfast, visit the DOC Kaki Black Stilt recovery programme
  • Head south following SH8 to Wanaka or Queenstown