Get outside: 14 must-do short walks

A steady climb through regenerating native bush to the summit of Mount Manaia rewards you with breathtaking views of the...


Cape Foulwind Walkway. © Miles Holden

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Hermitage Hotel Visit website

Nestled within the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park showcasing the tallest mountain, longest glacier & darkest night skies in NZ. Your Alps 2 Ocean biking . . . More . . . 

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Lake Tekapō: shimmering beauty

By day, the view’s pretty spectacular – the arid splendour of the Mackenzie Country dominated by Aoraki Mount Cook. But you really want to be here when it gets dark...  Read the story . . . 

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Mt Cook Lodge & Motels Visit website

The Friendly Face at Mt Cook Situated in the iconic Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, Mt Cook Lodge & Motels offers a selection of accommodation . . . More . . . 

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The not-so-distant summit: day hikes to mountain tops

Mountain climbing doesn’t just have to be for the experienced or those inclined to take risks. There are plenty of spectacular summits in New Zealand that can be reached with little more than the right provisions, a propensity for physical exercise and common sense. Read the story . . . 

Mantra Lake Tekapo Visit website

Set in the rugged alpine heart of the South Island’s Mackenzie Country, just a stone’s throw from the shores of a shimmering turquoise lake, nestled . . . More . . . 

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South Westland: a wonder of the world

The bottom left-hand corner of our little country, South Westland, is a world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage area. Read the story . . . 

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Big Sky Stargazing Visit website

The darkness of the night sky around Aoraki Mt Cook is unbeatable - its official! Let the team at Big Sky Stargazing introduce you to . . . More . . . 

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Mackenzie: for lovers

Lording over the Mackenzie region, Aoraki Mount Cook has become a symbol for what could easily win the unofficial 'most beautiful region in New Zealand' competition. Read the story . . . 

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Ultimate Hikes - Aoraki Mt Cook Day Walks Visit website

Ultimate Hikes Aoraki / Mt Cook provides guided tours of the Aoraki / Mt Cook National park area. Our treks provide awe-inspiring views of some . . . More . . . 

Air Safaris Visit website

Experience New Zealand's spectacular alpine scenery on the famous "Grand Traverse" flight of a lifetime. Every seat has a window - get the big picture! . . . More . . . 

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Climbing: facing your fear

Climbing is the unique blend of physical and mental exertion that leads both to a feeling of accomplishment and a sense of calm. All in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

Lake Tekapo Motels, Holiday Park & Lakefront Lodge Backpackers Visit website

Lake Tekapo Motels, Holiday Park & Lakefront Lodge Backpackers are set amongst mature trees on the shores of picturesque Lake Tekapo. . . . More . . . 

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Tasman Glacier walking tracks

The Tasman Glacier, 29km long and up to 3km wide, can be viewed from the short walks that start at the Blue Lakes Shelter. Read the story . . . 

Tasman Valley 4WD Tours Visit website

The road less travelled provides the greatest perspective! A rugged back road 4WD adventure accessing awe inspiring views over the Tasman Glacier and its gigantic . . . More . . . 

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Aoraki Mount Cook Village walks

There are several fantastic walks around the village that provide views of Aoraki Mount Cook and the surrounding native alpine bush. Read the story . . . 

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