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Aoraki Mt Cook & Mackenzie Country

The Mackenzie Country, also known as the Mount Cook region, is the high country southwest of Canterbury. The sparsely populated region is backed by the highest and most spectacular peaks of the Southern Alps. There are 19 peaks over 3,000 metres high, the greatest of all being imposing Aoraki Mt. Cook, at 3764m, the highest peak in Australasia.

Mt. Cook Village is at the gateway to the Mt. Cook National Park, which offers superb hiking opportunities in alpine surrounds as well as helicopter and fixed-wing flights around the mountain and the broad tongue of the Tasman Glacier, which are a great way to appreciate the sublimity of the place.

The possibilities are endless in this UNESCO World Heritage Area, but one thing's for sure: wherever you are, make sure you turn to watch the sunset when Mount Cook's snowy crown turns to sparkle in shades of pink, purple and red.

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Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd

Situated to the north of the Mackenzie Basin, 2000 feet above sea level the spectacular Lake Tekapo is surrounded by golden tussock and snow-capped mountain landscapes.

On the shores of the lake is the Church of the Good Shepherd, one of the most photographed spots in New Zealand, featuring an altar window that frames stunning views of the lake and mountains.

Tasman Glacier

Explore the spectacular ice formations at the edges of the amazing Lake Tasman by boat.

Watch and listen to the huge ice-face melting and stop to touch and taste this 500-year-old ice!

Black Stilt Aviary – Kaki, endangered wader

The main attraction at the shores of the Lake Ruataniwha, situated near the town Twizel, is the Black Stilt. In former times the wader's home was all over New Zealand, today this species is one of the most threatened shorebirds in the world.

Here at the Lake Ruataniwha you can be still lucky to see one of the few remaining Kakis.


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