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Aoraki Mt Cook and Mackenzie

Located in the centre of the South Island, the Mackenzie District is a 90 minute spectacular scenic drive from or to Lake Wanaka. Pristine snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and a network of powder blue canals form the tapestry of this remarkable region.

At its heart towers New Zealand’s highest mountain peak, the majestic Aoraki Mt Cook. And as part of your South Island inland touring route, the magnificent peak can be seen from many picturesque stops on the road. In fact, one of the optimum photo points is from Lake Pukaki on the Tekapo to Wanaka route.

When it comes to walking, tramping, hiking, and sightseeing in Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, there is something for everyone, with a landscape of glaciers, mountain streams, icebergs and glacial lakes.

Aoraki Mt Cook.

Choose from easy half hour walks along formed paths, to multi-day alpine hikes that take you into the vast wilderness of the Southern Alps.

From stargazing to scenic mountain flights and glacier lake boat trips, snow sports, hiking, fishing and horse treks are popular local activities. Visit Mt John Observatory near Tekapo to see the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve and the millions of stars in the Southern Hemisphere or take an epic star shot at the Church of the Good Shepherd, a popular tourist spot for photography.

Mt Hutt Ski Resort and the quaint village of Methven at the top of the Mackenzie country provide fantastic skiing and snowboarding, plus a range of outdoor activities year-round such as hunting, fishing, hot air ballooning and hiking.

Enjoy favourite Kiwi cuisine at a country pub, find international fare or a takeaway spread of local fish ‘n’ chips. Visit the Salmon Farm near Twizel and try fresh salmon straight from the source.

From lakeside retreats with mountain views, to backpacker accommodation at Mt Cook there’s a great range of options to suit every budget.

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