Nestled beneath the towering southern alps lies the vast golden tundra of Mackenzie Country – an area famed for its Kiwi hospitality. The Mackenzie Country enjoys a wonderful climate with clear, crisp winters and long, hot summers. Autumn brings a riot of colour, while in spring, stunning wild flowers burst into bloom. The country towns of Twizel and Fairlie are the gateways to the Mackenzie Country and a perfect base for visiting the region’s ski areas and the snow-capped Aoraki/Mt Cook – New Zealand’s highest peak. Further afield, you can enjoy the beautiful lakes, scenic walks and crisp mountain air around Lake Ohau, Omarama and Otematata.

The lakes and rivers of the Mackenzie Country have made it a fly-fishing mecca, while in winter, the ski slopes at Ohau, Mt Dobson, Fox Peak and Roundhill are blissfully remote. Real daredevils might like to try heli-skiing. While you’re in Mackenzie Country, be sure to visit beautiful Lake Tekapo, a brilliant turquoise jewel set in the snow-capped hills. On its shores lies the historic Church of the Good Shepherd, its windows framing a spectacular alpine landscape.