Thursday, 11 February 2021

Mackenzie Country


I knew so little about the Mackenzie Country that I didn't know it wasn't spelled McKenzie!  I've driven through it but obviously didn't look at the signs!


The Mackenzie Country is an inland district in the South Island.  As well as wide open spaces the district include Aoraki/Mt Cook (our highest mountain), Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd, Twizel (originally a town built for builders of the hydro power schemes nearby).


I have chosen a range of pics which show the diversity of the scenery and the differences between seasons.


Aoraki/Mt Cook has a dual Maori and English name.  The Maori name means cloud piercer. It certainly does coming in at over 3050 metres (or 10k feet).


The Mackenzie country was named in the 1850's for James Mackenzie, a Scottish born guy convicted for stealing sheep but later pardoned.


The area was used extensively in the Lord of the Rings films.


1 comment:

  1. It looks like a beautiful place to live. Wish we could beam there and set up our forever home, a trump-free beautiful country to enjoy nature and good things.
    Coincidentally we are rewatching the Lord of the Rings this week. Just finished the Two Towers and looking forward to The Return of the King tonight or tomorrow.


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