Take time to play this winter in Mackenzie

Home to New Zealand’s highest peak and longest glacier, the Mackenzie Region provides the greatest variety of winter experiences and three uncrowded ski fields who cater to all ages and abilities.

From June through to September, the region transforms into a winter wonderland. Try ice skating or ride the snow tube, visit a salmon farm or explore the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Take time to relax with the family in some of the most spectacular alpine scenery in the country.

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The Mackenzie Region

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Choose from quality accommodation throughout the Mackenzie region offering all you need for a warm, comfortable stay. Take in the diverse winter wonderland from above with exciting sightseeing options, then wait for the sun to set to view a bright starry night sky.

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  • Across the Ditch Tour - Mel Parsons & Liz Stringer (AUS)

    Across the Ditch Tour - Mel Parsons & Liz Stringer (AUS)

    The Top Hut Bar & Bistro

    Fri 6 Oct 2017 9:00 pm

    Twizel - Doors at 8pm. Show 9pm. Join two of Australasia’s indie-folk darlings on a journey of music & story - sharing songs from their back catalogues along with select southern hemisphere favourites that have ... Read More

  • The Starlight Festival Multi Event Pass

    The Starlight Festival Multi Event Pass

    The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

    Fri 13 Oct 2017 2:00 pm

    The Starlight Festival Multi Event Pass The Multi event pass allows you entry into the 2017 Aoraki MacKenzie Starlight Festival Friday 13 October – Sunday 15 October 2017 Please note the Pukaki Observatory ... Read More

  • Stargazing At Mt Cook Observatory at Mt Cook Airport

    Stargazing At Mt Cook Observatory at Mt Cook Airport

    Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

    Fri 13 Oct 2017 9:30 pm

    Ticket price: $10 (no extra charge for those who participated in the Galileoscope workshop) Hot drinks, pies and other eats and nibbles will be available at the observatory site which can be purchased for ... Read More

  • Starlight Festival Opening Ceremony

    Starlight Festival Opening Ceremony

    The Hermitage Hotel

    Fri 13 Oct 2017 7:00 pm

    Professor John Hearnshaw, Chair of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve Board. Opening speeches will be delivered by: - Professor Mike Reid, Head of Dept of Physics and Astronomy, University of ... Read More