The Mackenzie Region is amazing all year round, but it’s particularly beautiful in the autumn, with turning leaves, crisp clear weather, and the season’s changing light. Here’s some things to check out on your perfect fall getaway.
High Country Colours
Bold red, orange and yellow autumn leaves add a special accent to the region’s dramatic beauty. Fairlie and Twizel are some of the best places to view the season’s colours. Take time to enjoy the huge, historic trees lining Fairlie’s Peace Avenue and to stroll along the picturesque Twizel River.
The turning leaves aren’t the only brilliant colours of the Mackenzie autumn. Sunsets, too, are especially dramatic this time of year, from the long golden light of autumn evenings to the reds, pinks and purples of approaching night. Watch the sun sink behind snow-capped peaks or over the Mackenzie Basin’s striking hydro canals.
The Mackenzie has countless amazing walks, but for a relaxed walk with great autumn scenery you can’t beat the village of Burkes Pass. The Burkes Pass Heritage Walk weaves pioneer history and historic buildings together with a beautiful setting and a distinctly frontier vibe. Don’t miss the quirky shops and classic cars!
Wine and Dine
The region is filled with unique spots to enjoy a meal and a drink, from fine dining restaurants to craft beer pubs to cosy cafes. Linger over delicious coffee or taste some divine sweet treats. On a chilly autumn evening, relax by a fire with a glass of wine or a craft beer.
Autumn brings cooler temperatures and settled weather patterns to the mountains, meaning clear skies in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Make time for an unforgettable stargazing tour while you’re here. If you’re lucky, the Southern Lights will be on display.
It’s an amazing experience to cycle along under clear skies by the blue lakes and the beautiful autumn colours of the trees. Try a day ride on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail – the wooded sections by Lakes Pukaki and Ohau are very pretty and perfect for families.
You’ve found your perfect autumn getaway. Now check out the can’t-miss sights of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.