The Mackenzie region (also known as the Mackenzie Basin) was shaped by massive glaciers. Mesmerising sights include turquoise lakes, incredibly clear, starry night skies and NZ’s highest mountain, majestic Aoraki/Mount Cook. Mackenzie is renowned for its awe inspiring surroundings and high country beauty, ride for a week or stop for a breather at one of the many great small towns in the region.
Mackenzie Dirt Features
Alps 2 Ocean
The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail extends more than 300 kilometres from Aoraki / Mount Cook to Oamaru on the Pacific Ocean. Suitable for all ages, the trail is an easy grade, and offers a mix of on and off-road trails. There are 9 sections and most riders will take 5-6 days to complete the trail.
If you’re staying at the Fairlie Top10 turn right from your accommodation and drop into the walkway town-side of the main bridge. Follow the river downstream, and return 13km loop.
Follow the river downstream, it’s a fun albeit easy single track. When you get to the track’s end, return the way you came or cross the river and add on the Spur Road loop for a great view of the Two Thumb Range.
Four Peaks High Country Track
Four Peaks High Country Track is a 4 day/night Walk or Mountain Bike ride over an historic sheep & cattle Station, in the hills between Geraldine & Fairlie. You stay in charming shepherd's huts and get to explore some of New Zealand's high country paradise.
Lake Tekapo Regional Park
Nestled on the eastern shore of the lake. The Park offers fun single track suitable for all levels. Access off Lilybank Rd.
Cowans Hill, Tekapo
From the townships main bridge, Cowans Hill gradually climbs into a small forest before crossing a poled 4WD track over firebreaks and tussock lands and exits close to the Regional Park.
Richmond Trail, Tekapo
The Richmond trail is located in the Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park, and starts at a DOC carpark 3kms up Roundhill Ski Area access road. A fantastic ride consisting of an undulating tussock clad single track, a technical downhill section and some of the most picturesque views in the country. Intermediate riding, 26km return, 1-3hrs duration.
TwizelTwizel River Trail
On the east side of SH8, opposite Twizel is the start of the River Trail. A DOC sign marks the track’s start with 12kms (one way) over an old farm track alongside the Twizel River. It’s an easy ride 2-3hrs return.
Dusky Trail, Twizel
A fun ride through scenic tussock lands from Twizel. The trail starts at Fraser Stream on Pukaki Canal Road, flanks the Fraser Stream through Darts Bush and climbs beneath the Ben Ohau Range. Return track, 22km 2-4hrs.
Ahuriri conservation park is located inland between Lake Hawea and Lake Ohau. The trail up the valley is a challenging day ride or an overnight alpine adventure.