Located in the heart of the South Island, just 2.5 hours drive between Christchurch and Queenstown, the Mackenzie Region transforms into a winter playground over the cooler months. Whether you’re after an action-packed ski and snowboard holiday, or a relaxing place to get away, the Mackenzie Region has it all!
Uncrowded Ski Fields
Take in the stunning surroundings and skip the lift queues. The Mackenzie boasts three quintessentially-Kiwi ski fields all within driving distance of each other. Spectacular scenery, spacious runs and laid back, family-friendly vibes create the ultimate snow holiday.
On the doorstep of Lake Tekapo, Roundhill offers jaw-dropping views of the lake, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and the Southern Alps. The family-friendly field offers a larger beginners area with wide gentle slopes. The more adventurous skier will love Australiasia’s biggest vertical drop (783m).
Just a short drive from Twizel, Ōhau boasts stunning views up the valley of Aoraki/Mount Cook and over Lake Ōhau. The mountain caters for all abilities with wide flat slopes for intermediates to some more adventurous terrain at the top. Make sure to stop off at the popular lodge at the bottom – it’s Kiwi skiing at its best!
The Mackenzie offers a range of single and multi-day ski touring options. Explore glaciated terrain and remote valleys as you camp out in the stunning alpine terrain of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
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The Mackenzie Region has many ways to enjoy winter without giving your muscles a workout and plenty of methods to relax after a day on the slopes. Ride the snow tubes, enjoy the skating rink, or take a dip in the hot pools at Tekapo Springs. The clear winter days are perfect for scenic flights, great walks, 4WD adventures, cycling, and the nights for spectacular stargazing. Plus there are plenty of great cafes and eateries to enjoy as you take in the beautiful surrounds.