Mackenzie Country is a glacier-created basin in the center of New Zealand's South Island. It is not for nothing that the region bears the title "Golden Land", as large parts of the region are covered with the undulating, yellow-brown tussock grass.
Glacial lakes such as Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki shine in bright turquoise and the peaks of the southern Alps to the west create an incomparable panorama. The Mount Cook (Aoraki) is with a height of 3724 m the highest mountain of New Zealand. The first European to reach Mount Cook was the Dutchman Abel Tasman in 1642. The Tasman Glacier on the slope of Aoraki is named after him, and is now popular with glacier and heliskiers. Guided ice hikes and climbing tours can also be undertaken here.
In the Mackenzie Country there are only three small villages, and only one of them has more than 1000 inhabitants – an absolute insider tip to experience the New Zealand nature in its originality.
Take the Christchurch - Queenstown bus (9556 to 9562) and get off at Tekapo or Twizel.
From Christchurch take the A1 south to Timaru, then the A8 to Tekapo or Twizel.
From Queenstown take the A6 north to Cromwell, continue on the A8 to Twizel or Tekapo.