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.
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)
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
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.
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