Mt Cook / McKenzie Country

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In the heart of New Zealand’s South Island, is the Aoraki/Mount Cook Mackenzie country. The area is renowned for its incredibly clear starry nights, brilliant sunny days, remarkable turquoise blue lakes and valleys of emerald green and snow-capped mountains. This is one of the most photographed regions in the world.

Shaped by extreme forces of nature, massive glaciers have scoured the land, leaving a trail of lakes and rivers across the landscape. Here you can witness the awesome snow-capped Southern Alps mountain range stretching across the Western horizon. Everyone can enjoy the outdoors for a relaxing walk in the native forest, or more demanding hike into alpine wilderness, or just find a quiet place to sit and enjoy the view.

Looking for some family bucket-list travel experiences? Visit New Zealand’s longest glacier, the Southern Hemisphere’s only Dark Sky Reserve, photograph New Zealand’s tallest peak (Aoraki / Mount Cook) or go gliding in the ‘best mountain soaring site in the world,’ to name just a few.

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