Renowned for its breath-taking mountain views, stunning turquoise blue glacier lakes and rivers, wide tussock landscapes in the high country and green rolling hills in the basin - and clear starry nights, the Mackenzie District has always been an attraction for people to visit, live and do business.
Named in the 1850’s after James Mackenzie, a Scottish-origin shepherd and sheep thief, the Mackenzie District is located right in the middle of the New Zealand’s South Island and covers 7,339 square kilometres of most diverse landscapes.
The extreme forces of nature created some significant landscape features which form some of the district’s natural boundaries. There is the Main Divide of the Southern Alps with New Zealand’s highest mountain “Aoraki – Mount Cook” (3,754m) in the north-west and the Two-Thumbs Ranges in the South-East. Little Mount Peel and Peel Forest are as far as the district stretches to the East and Lakes Ohau and Benmore border the district in the south-west.
The Mackenzie District is truly a district of four seasons with clear, crisp snowy winters and long, hot summers. Autumn is known for being a festival of colour, while spring amazes with wild flowers and seas of lupines blooming throughout the region.
4,158 residents (2013 census) live in the Mackenzie Country to date – most in the district’s main towns of Fairlie, Tekapo, Twizel, Kimbell, Burkes Pass, Mount Cook Village, Glentanner, Albury and Cave.
Economically the Mackenzie District is dominated by sheep, cattle and deer farming, but its diverse landscapes are also a paradise for outdoor lovers with hiking, skiing, rock- and mountain climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and hunting for the more ambitious and fly fishing, boating, golfing, horse trekking and star gazing on the more relaxed end of the scale activities.
Mackenzie District Council operates from two offices, in Fairlie and Twizel, offering all services dealing with:
- Planning & Regulation
- Asset Management
- Finance & Administration
- Community Facilities.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm.