Just a 2.5 hour drive on the main highway between Christchurch and Queenstown, the Mackenzie Region is easy to get to. Mackenzie has the clearest starry skies, highest mountains, vivid turquoise lakes, expansive golden grasslands. Home to Aoraki/Mount Cook & Lake Tekapo, this region is one of the most photographed and visited in all of New Zealand. Most popular things to do is a scenic flight – fly over the mountains and land on glaciers; and stargazing within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.
These are the key locations for that are must include in your brilliant road trips:
Aoraki/Mount Cook Village
New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/Mount Cook pierces the clouds above this small village surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, glaciers, rivers and epic scenery.
Charming alpine resort town on the shores of the lake. See the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, soak in hot pools, join a stargazing tour, and more!
Mackenzie’s largest town, home to a range of activities, shops, cafés, restaurants and bars. Close to five lakes, and ringed by mountains in every direction. Cycle some of the world-famous Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, go skydiving, catch a trophy fish, and more!
Fairlie is a lovely rural town with a collection of boutique shops with a wide selection of art, clothing, crafts, decor, and more. Try a pie at the famous Fairlie Bakehouse and enjoy the splendour of the autumn colours.