Very few things can compare to the wonderful feeling of appreciating nature’s beauty and being one with it. At Mackenzie Country in New Zealand, admiring the beautiful landscape of the region and trying out various outdoor activities are your main itineraries. Here, beautiful mountain peaks touching the sky, tranquil lakes and rolling hills serve as the region’s breathtaking backdrop.
Here are some of the things you can do on your vacation:
Visit Tekapo Springs
Formerly named Alpine Springs, this is one of the region’s major attractions for its incredible views of the Lake Tekapo and Mackenzie Region. Tons of activities are offered here. You can take a dip in the hot pools and warm off while staring out into the dramatic view of the Lake Tekapo and Southern Alps. You can also enjoy a round of ice skating at the rink or enjoy snow tubing at the Snow Park. After a whole day of activities, you can chill out at the Tahr Bar & Cafe over local cuisine and liquors and relax with a massage at the spa to cap off your day.
Go on an air safari
One of the popular activities in the region, an air safari is an extraordinary flight-seeing tour that takes you over Aoraki Mount Cook and Westland World Heritage Parks. From above, you can enjoy panoramic views of the glacial lakes, golden lands, vast snowfields and the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. The thrill of flying matched with incredible views is second to none.
Join nature trips and other tours
To further explore and discover the amazing landscape of Mackenzie, you can join various tours such as guided wilderness hikes, easy eco mountain biking, Tasman Glacier nature tours and even Lord of the Rings (LOTR) tours. Here you get to enjoy beautiful scenery and learn valuable info about various places. LOTR fans will also enjoy visiting different location shoots of the film such as Gondor.
Go skiing during the winter
If you happen to visit during the winter season, skiing is definitely a must. Mackenzie boasts three unique ski areas: Mt. Dobson, Roundhill and Oahu Snow Fields. Other exciting activities to try are heliski trips and glacier experience in the heart of the Southern Alps.
What about you? What are the things you like most about Mackenzie Country?