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3 hours 7 minutes drive time to Tekapo from Christchurch Airport

Aoraki-Mt Cook & Mackenzie Region

Nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s majestic South Island, you will find Aoraki/Mount Cook and the Mackenzie Region.

Clear starry nights, bright sunny days, snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes and golden tussocks—it’s all right here in the dramatic Mackenzie landscape.  Experience the vast open spaces of the Mackenzie Basin and the splendour of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand’s highest peak and largest glacier.

Wonder at the southern night sky, get up close with a glacier, explore off the beaten track on the many walking and cycle trails, or head for the slopes at the ski fields.

  • Boat or kayak among massive icebergs on a glacier lake.
  • Gaze at the stars of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.
  • Taste the freshest sashimi at a local salmon farm.
  • Bike a section of the scenic Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.
  • Try world class fly fishing or backcountry hunting with an expert guide.

Aoraki-Mt Cook & Mackenzie region

Spring

Spring - Sept to Nov
70 - 180

The landscape bursts into bloom with native Mount Cook lilies in the mountains and colourful fields of lupines along the lakes and rivers. View the brilliant colours on a walk, a horse trek or from the air with a thrilling scenic flight.

Summer

Summer - Dec to Feb
100 - 300

The Mackenzie Basin has some of the hottest South Island temperatures. Mountain nights
still have a crisp high country chill. Soak up the sun at the brilliant turquoise lakes or get up close with the ice on a guided glacier hike or glacier lake boat tour

Autumn

Autumn - Mar to May
80 - 200

Autumn brings settled weather and warm sunshine. It’s a great time to experience the famous walks and other activities outside the busy summer season. The Alps 2 Ocean
Cycle Trail is the perfect autumn activity to take in the beauty of the landscape.

Winter

Winter - Jun to Aug
-50 - 120

Snow transforms the Mackenzie into a picture perfect winter wonderland, and clear night skies make this the best season for stargazing. Ski or snowboard the region’s ski fields and warm up after a day on the slopes with a luxurious soak in the hot pools.

View the Alpine Lakes Journey Itinerary

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