Mackenzie is renowned for its awe inspiring surroundings and high country beauty, ride for a week or stop for a breather on route SH8. Mackenzie is renowned for its awe inspiring surroundings and high country beauty, ride for a week or stop for a breather on route SH8.
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.
The Alps to Ocean A20, is a 312 km cycle trail that runs from the base of Aoraki, Mt Cook to Oamaru and the Pacific Ocean. Part of the NZ Cycle Trail network, the trail has only been rideable since last summer so is a great new track to add to your tick list. However, it’s not a track to just turn up and ride. It is long, and in places facilities are limited, so riders really need to do some decent research before jumping on their bikes.
As far as river valleys go the Hopkins must be one of the best for all sorts of reasons, some solid and some liquid, but mostly because it’s always a great ride amongst awe inspiring mountains, waterfalls and glaciers.