The Mackenzie Region

3 Day Itinerary

3 Days

366 km


Lakes | Hikes | Southern lights | Skiing

Travel Time

4 hrs & 56 mins

Day One

Christchurch to Mount Hutt

Adventure lovers and thrill seekers, this next pit stop is for you! This experience will make your legs burn and your heart race. We’re on our way to Mount Hutt for some epic skiing and snowboarding. This sensational sight has been voted the best ski resort 4 years running. So, why would we not stop here?

Must do:

Skiing/Snowboarding | Sightseeing Pass | Alpine Spa

CampgroundMethven Mount Hutt Camping

Day Two

Mount Hutt to Tekapo

In the heart of the Mackenzie Country lies Tekapo. This is one of the most sensational destinations on our journey, and it is part of the UNESCO day sky reserve. Plan your journey from April and September to witness the Southern Lights. Tekapo is also home to the Church of the Good Shepherd. Built in 1935 on the shores of Lake Tekapo, this church offers a perfect view of the Southern Alps. It is still a place of worship, and also attracts plenty of visitors and hosts plenty of weddings annually.

Must do:

Church of the Good Shepherd | The Southern Lights | Tekapo Springs Hot Pools | Mount John | Mount John Summit Circuit Track | Cowans Walkway
CampgroundLake Tekapo Motels & Holiday

Day Three

Tekapo to Twizel/Lake Pukaki

Built in the 1960’s, Twizel is a small town with a population of approximately 1,280. Park your rental motorhome here, and spend your days exploring Mount Cook National Park, fishing on the nearby lakes, skiing, and kayaking.

Lake Pukaki is the Mackenzie Region’s largest lake. Its turquoise colouring comes from the glacial flour, made from fine rock particles. At the right angle, Lake Pukaki frames New Zealand’s tallest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook just perfectly. 

Must do:

Salmon fishing on Lake Ruataniwha | Lord of the Rings Tour | Starlight Adventures | Wairepo Arm | Loch Cameron

Campground - The Pines, Lake Pukaki Freedom Camping