Top Mackenzie Winter Must Do's
Whether you’re after an adventure-packed holiday or a place to get away from it all, the Mackenzie Region is the perfect winter getaway. Just 2.5 hours drive from Christchurch, the region transforms into a winter playground that offers something for all ages.
The entire Mackenzie Region is an International Dark Sky Reserve, one of eight worldwide and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. The region’s skies are incredibly clear with brilliant stars, making the Mackenzie a must visit for the night skies alone. You may even see the Aurora Australis “Southern Lights”. Join a star gazing tour and explore the wonders of the universe.
The Mackenzie is the perfect place to take the kids. In addition to the ski fields which pride themselves on their family-friendly slopes and laid back vibe, Tekapo Springs has an international sized ice skating rink and offers snow tubing during the winter months. There’s a range of easy trails throughout the region, and accommodation options cater for all budgets.
Take in the stunning surrounds and skip the lift queues. The Mackenzie boasts four picturesque ski-fields (Mt Dobson, Roundhill, Fox Peak and Ōhau) and a range of epic ‘bucket list’ ski experiences including backcountry touring, heli-skiing and skiing the mighty Tasman Glacier. From the beginner to the advanced skier or boarder – the Mackenzie has you covered.
New Zealand’s Largest Glacier (and longest ski run)
Many don’t know that the Mackenzie is home to New Zealand’s largest glacier: the mighty Tasman Glacier. And even better, you can take your pick from a range of experiences including scenic flight and landings, heli-hiking, snow-shoeing and skiing. Skiing the Tasman Glacier is perfect for the intermediate skier (green to blue grade), and is New Zealand’s longest ski run at 8-10km.