Winter is the season when the stunning Mackenzie landscapes turn white and ski lovers of all abilities find a new home on the boutique fields of the region.
On the Snow
The key difference between experiencing snow and winter in the Mackenzie region compared to other New Zealand destinations is the uncrowded space and friendly personal approach of the locals you will meet on the slopes. The spectacular backdrops provide the ideal slopes for learners, seasoned professionals or those that like to explore off-piste terrain.
The Mackenzie region has 3 boutique ski areas all surrounded by stunning scenery:
You can also fly onto and ski the Tasman Glacier and six different locations or glaciers with Alpine Guides and Southern Alps Guiding, or go backcountry ski touring with Alpine Recreation in the Two Thumb Range, Liebig Range or on the glaciers of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.
Not a skier? Several guiding companies also offer snowshoeing tours.
Off the Snow
The Mackenzie region has many ways to enjoy winter without giving your muscles a work out and plenty of methods to relax after a day on the slopes. Ride the snow tubes or take a dip in the hot pools at Tekapo Springs. The clear winter days are perfect for scenic flights and the nights for spectacular stargazing.