Welcome to the Mackenzie Region

Nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s majestic South Island, you will find the Mackenzie Region. The region is renowned for its incredibly
clear starry nights, brilliant sunny days, remarkable turquoise lakes, wide-open golden grasslands, valleys of emerald green and snow-capped mountains.

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The Mackenzie Region

Things To Do

Whether you are looking for a relaxing walk in native forest, a more demanding hike or trek into alpine wilderness, or a quiet place to sit
and enjoy the view, the Mackenzie Region has it all.

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Local Tips

Read all about our local tips on activities, events, locations and much more!



The Mackenzie offers too much to see in one day, so stay a while and explore.



The landscape and serenity of the Mackenzie Region lends itself to special weddings.



  • Twizel Salmon & Wine Festival

    Twizel Salmon & Wine Festival

    Rowing Complex, Lake Ruataniwha

    Sat 29 Feb 2020 11:00 am

    This year marks the 15th Twizel Salmon & Wine Festival and this year, it’s bigger and better than ever! Originally conceived to celebrate the area, the Twizel Salmon & Wine Festival has undergone some upgrades for 2020 ... Read More

  • PlaceMakers Pass2Pub Mountain Bike Ride 2020

    PlaceMakers Pass2Pub Mountain Bike Ride 2020

    Burkes Pass

    Sun 1 Mar 2020 10:30 am

    In 2020 we are celebrating 30 years of Pass to Pub Cycle Racing - so join us for this magical ride. Simply put, it is a fantastic family race that appeals to all ages, abilities, genders and walks of life. Whatever ... Read More

  • Brendan Dooley

    Brendan Dooley

    Twizel Events Centre

    Wed 4 Mar 2020 7:30 pm

    Brendan Dooley is fast becoming one of the world’s top young magicians, described by The Press as “…a new generation of talent already snapping the heels of established acts.” This family show combines a ... Read More

  • Chef's Choice - Supper Club Event

    Chef's Choice - Supper Club Event

    Moraine Lodge, Mt Cook Lakeside Estate &Retre

    Thu 5 Mar 2020 6:30 pm

    Moraine Lodge Supper Club serves up Chefs Choice - a 4 course menu of fresh local ingredients in a gastronomic dining experience with recommended wine matches from our local region. Sophisticated and inventively ... Read More