< previous page

Regional and Mountain Information

About the Mackenzie District

The Mackenzie basin is a true winter wonderland. Experience the breath-taking contrast between the grand, open tussock terrain with turquois blue lakes, snow-capped mountains and New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki Mt Cook. Fairlie, Tekapo, Twizel and Omarama are all small and unique rural towns in the area.

It's here in the Mackenzie District that you will find both Fox Peak and Mount Dobson. Fox Peak is one of the smaller ski clubs on the Chill Pass, but one of the largest when it comes to its terrain and suitability for all skiing levels. It's 35 minutes from Fairlie. Mount Dobson is an under-rated gem with a triple-seater chairlift and a T-bar accessing two massive valleys, and come powder days a short traverse or walk will ensure you score fresh tracks all day long.

Kimbell Accommodation

Mt Dobson Motel

Stay at the closest motel to Mt Dobson Skifield, situated in the serene village of Kimbell. Five ground floor self-contained units with full kitchens, one wheelchair accessible. Free WIFI and DVD hire. Next
door to the historic Silverstream Hotel with restaurant and takeaways.
Discounts available for multi night bookings.

768 Fairlie-Tekapo Rd, Kimbell, South Canterbury.

Ph: 0800 546 235  Web:  E:

Fairlie Accommodation

Wander Lodge

Self-contained two bedroom cottage nestled in five acres of private forest. Sleeps seven. Well equipped kitchen. Cosy log burner. Outdoor fire pit, BBQ and pizza oven.  Enjoy star gazing while relaxing in the
outdoor bath. Linen supplied. Only 30 minutes to Dobson Carpark.

67b Strathallan Road, Ashwick Flats

Ph: +64 21 029 34633  Web:  E:

Pinewood Motels

Stay in the beautiful small town of Fairlie, Mackenzie Country. An affordable option just 25 minutes from Tekapo, Pinewood Motels’ units are recently refurbished, modern, clean and comfortable.  Walking distance to bakeries, pubs and restaurants.  Numerous local tracks to explore with mountain views. Sky box with Sport in every room. Fast free unlimited Wi-Fi, 50+ sky channels, cooking facilities, bathrooms and outdoor seating areas.


25 Mount Cook Road, Fairlie


Ph: 0800 858 599 Web:  E:

Tekapo Accommodation

Discover Tekapo Holiday Homes

Experience Tekapo in comfort - book a holiday house. You don’t have to clean and linen is provided! From ultra-modern to 70's retro and to suit all budgets, they have the ideal home for your holiday.

Lake Tekapo


Ph: +64 22 3680 600  Web: E:

Peppers Bluewater Resort

Located in an intensely beautiful part of the world; near the turquoise shores of Lake Tekapo in the heart of the Mackenzie Country. You can explore the natural wonders of the region from here. Ride through the mountains, go skiing, or marvel at an International Dark Sky Reserve with millions of stars.

State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo


Ph: 0800 448 891  Web:   Contact Peppers


Tekapo Activities

Tekapo Springs

Tekapo Springs is a premier family attraction, located halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown. With relaxing options like hot pools and day spa, to active options like ice skating and snow tubing, there’s something for everyone. By night, Tekapo Star Gazing provides the only hot pools and stargazing experience in the South Island. Open 364 days a year from 10am – 9pm (closed Christmas Day). Bookings required for the Glacial Day Spa and Tekapo Star Gazing.

Tekapo Springs, 6 Lakeside Drive, Lake Tekapo

Ph: 0800 2 353 8283   Web:   E:

Mount Cook Adventure Activities

Mount Cook Heliski

Discover the single largest heliski area in NZ, from exclusive terrain in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to the Ben Ohaus above lake Pukaki. Hundreds of runs for all abilities across 6 mountain ranges. NZ's highest landings and longest runs.


98 Bowen Drive, Mount Cook National Park


Ph: +64 3 435 1834  Web:  E:

Ski The Tasman

An extraordinary ski experience for ordinary skiers. Includes 3 breathtaking scenic flights, lunch on the snow, and the 2 longest ski runs in NZ. Safely explore amazing ice caves and formations with your professional guide.


98 Bowden Drive, Mount Cook National Park


Ph: +64 3 435 1834  Web:  E:

Tasman Glacier - Heli-Skiing

Exclusive heli ski runs in the Upper Tasman Glacier region as well as other mountain ranges. They specialise in heli skiing on New Zealand’s longest and biggest glaciers. The helicopter landing sites are located in some of the highest areas of the Southern Alps inside the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, exclusive to our company.

Situated at The Old Mountaineers Cafe Bar 3 Larch Grove Aoraki Mount Cook

Ph: 0800 AORAKI  Web:  Email:

Mountain Accommodation

Fox Peak Fox Lodge

Nestled amongst the trees halfway up the access road is Fox Lodge, backpacker style-mountain accommodation. It's self-catered but there is a modern kitchen with everything you need to rustle up your yummy dinner. Don't forget your sleeping bag, pillowcase, food, and drinks.