Welcome to Mackenzie
Mackenzie is a mountainous region in the center of New Zealand’s South Island. This alpine paradise is home to grand outdoor adventures against scenic backdrops like Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook.
There is a certain air of the rugged outdoors throughout much of Mackenzie’s culture. And indeed, this area is one of the less-populated parts of the South Island. But with a rich agricultural community, with many small farms and tons of options for the outdoor enthusiast, Mackenzie is an unforgettable destination for your winter getaway. Thanks to its particular feeling of being off the beaten path, Mackenzie doesn’t get crowded with tourists the way that some other regions might. This means that you can enjoy the uninterrupted beauty of nature in peace - perfect for a romantic getaway or solo excursion!
The climate in Mackenzie features a fairly even seasonality. Long, hot summers give way to gloriously beautiful autumns that fast into crisp and snowy winters. Because of its mountainous terrain, the lush Alps have snow cover year-round. You’ll want to pack for warmth anytime of the year, but particularly in winter when the unexpected snowstorm can strike.
Mackenzie is an awesome destination no matter what your fancy, and one of the best ways to travel through Mackenzie during the winter time is with a motorhome. Hire a campervan with Mighway, and let the journey unfold!
Getting to Mackenzie
Over Labour Weekend, a friend and I hired two motorhomes and took our kids for a tour around the Kauri Coast, Hokianga, Bay of Islands and Tutukaka Coast. We had heaps of fun and the kids absolutely loved the adventure. The motorhomes we hired were fantastic.
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Mackenzie is positioned at a unique geographic and topographic point that features many natural glaciers. You can tour these glaciers, including the Tasman Glacier which is New Zealand’s longest, in a variety of ways. From air tours with silent landings to the ultimate ski adventure for intermediate to advanced athletes, get up close and personal with some magnificent New Zealand glaciers.
International Dark Sky Reserve
The International Dark Sky Reserve is an attraction that you truly must see to believe. This reserve is a light pollution-controlled park of 4300 square kilometres that provides you with a pitch-black canvas of sky to view at night. Spot the Milky Way or watch the dancing lights, and be fascinated by this spectacular natural attraction.
Majestic Mount Cook rises from the snow-covered peaks and is truly a wonder to behold. At the national park bearing its name, guests can enjoy year-round outdoor recreation, from hiking to bicycling. Take in the expansive views, including crisp winter lakes and Alpine beauty so rich you’ll think you walked into a postcard.