The Mackenzie Basin is one of New Zealand’s most stunning regions with a jaw-dropping grandeur that I’m convinced is what inspired the panorama function on digital cameras. In addition to some amazing hikes ranging from easy to challenging, there’s plenty I’d like to show you in the Mt Cook region that could easily keep us busy exploring for two or three days.

Where to stay in Mt Cook

Icebergs in Lake Tasman
Glacier Explorers Boat Trip

Explore New Zealand’s largest remaining glacier, the Tasman, by boat from October through May and get close enough to touch the icebergs. Starts with a half hour walk to the terminal lake before boarding a stable boat for an  hour boat ride with a specialist guide.  (2.5 hrs)

Lake PukakiLake Pukaki

Picture-perfect Lake Pukaki is a glacial lake that is famous for its milky turquoise color and serves as an ideal foreground for New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki/Mt Cook.duct.

New Zealand king salmonThe Freshest King Salmon

Mt Cook Alpine Salmon is renowned for its eco-sustainable practices that produces some of the best tasting and healthiest King salmon available anywhere. Stop for a tasting at the salmon farm and learn about this incredible New Zealand pro

Planetarium Mt CookThe Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

The centre showcases the region, its people and its place in the universe featuring a museum and a 126-seat custom-designed theatre that is the world’s only theatre with 2D, 3D and a digital dome planetarium contained within the same space. A fitting tribute to a great Kiwi humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world’s greatest explorers and a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Mt Cook helicopter scenic flightMt Cook scenic helicopter flight

Discover the incredible alpine region of Aoraki/ Mt Cook National park on a scenic helicopter flight along the full length of the Tasman Glacier with amazing views of New Zealand’s highest peak. Top it off with a snow landing on the Tasman Glacier.

Clay cliffs OmaramaThe Clay Cliffs of Omarama

On the way to Mt Cook, we can take a side trip to the Clay Cliffs where you’ll hear how rivers flowing from glaciers existing 1-2 million years ago deposited layers of gravel and silt to form huge pinnacles and ridges separated by deep, narrow ravines.the world.

stargazing mt cookWorld-class Stargazing

The sky above Mt Cook and more than 4,300 square kilometres of New Zealand’s South Island is recognised as an International Dark Sky Reserve, the largest such reserve in the world totally free from light pollution. In other words, it’s one of the best spots in the world for stargazing. Tours available at Mount John, above Tekapo, which is also one of the most accessible observatories in

Reviews of Alpine Adventures

I will definitely be returning and when I do, I will book with you again

"Mark was great company and had an amazingly fresh and delicious lunch for us while sitting in the most beautiful place ever. I would highly recommend having him as you guide - he is AWESOME.
I wouldn't have been able to do what we did toda...

- Heather Russell, Rob Roy Glacier Hike, Nov 2016
You are the perfect guide.

"Thanks for the amazing trip! I'll definitely be back again.  Wish I could find someone like you in every place I visit."

- Rebecca Basch (Detroit, USA), Feb 2016, 2nd trip
Thanks for a once in a lifetime trip

"It's the most beautiful hike I've ever been on. Memorable... we need a new word to describe the beauty and the calm feeling."

- Barb Polus (Illinois, USA)
Middle Earth Waterfalls Heli Hike, Dec 2015

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