Recreational Opportunities


Mackenzie Basin

We are situated right in the heart of the Mackenzie Basin, rich in history and becoming the new adventure centre of NZ. You will most definitely not get bored with the huge selection of activities on offer with a wide range of world class recreational pursuits and a unique mix of activities throughout the year. Below is just some of what you can do in this wonderful location.
  • Horse Trekking
  • Art Galleries
  • Scenic Flights
  • Wine Tours & Tasting
  • Golf
  • Garden Walks
  • Jet Boating
  • Fishing
  • Star Gazing
  • Sight Seeing Tours
  • Argo Tours
  • Cafes & Restaurants
  • Museums
  • Maori Rock Art
  • Snow Skiing
  • Ice Skating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Walking and Cycling
  • Shopping, shopping and more shopping
  • And of course the local Hot Pools and Spas / Sauna and Massage

Imagine soaking in Hot Pools surrounded by snow and under the magnificent, clear night sky of the Southern Alps, breathing in fresh alpine air and escaping into dreamtime. Then perhaps a long massage or mud wrap to soothe away the aches and pains.

Take to the ice and experience our new international sized outdoor Ice Rink. Partake in the old game of Curling – hurling heavy stones down the ice trying not to spill your glass of Port or Gluwein! For the more adventurous, try ice hockey or figure skating lessons.

Alpine Springs, Spa and Winter Park at Lake Tekapo offers a unique mix of relaxation and recreation all in one stunning location. This exciting new facility brings together year round Hot Pools and Health Spa services, as well as ice sports for the winter season.

Other Activities

Lake Pukaki is the largest lake in the area, and it proudly shows off New Zealand’s tallest peak, Aoraki/ Mount Cook, from the many look out points around its shores.

Nev’s Game Animal Park

A Jeep safari ride through the Animal Game Park including up close viewing of the very rare white Tahr.

Hunting Safaris

A unique, once in a lifetime hunting touring experience, personalized packages available.

Glacier Adventures

Flowing down from the Southern Alps there are many ways to experience the over 60 glaciers of the Mackenzie region.

A2O Cycling

Suitable for all ages, the 9 section cycle trail is an easy to intermediate grade, linking the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean.

Stargazing & Photography

Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is the southern hemisphere’s sole dark sky reserve and one of only eight in the world.

Twizel is a photographers paradise

Salmon Farm

Chinook (or King) salmon are grown in the glacial waters of the Mackenzie Country hydro canals. From glacier to plate – we’ll show you great salmon!

Ski Planes & Helicopters

Fly in a ski plane and a helicopter on the same day and free-fall your way around the Southern Alps of New Zealand for an unforgettable experience of Aoraki/Mount Cook or many Heli Scenic destinations of your choice.

Glacier Freefall Trifecta or Helicopter Scenic Flights

Scenic Flights

Scenic flight tours of the Mackenzie region are an absolute must-do to get up close to the highest peaks and find the ultimate view.

A unique, once in a lifetime hunting & touring experience

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