Te Manahuna Ki Uta - shaping our tourism values for the future.

Te Manahuna/Mackenzie Basin is an incredibly special place. It’s a World Heritage Area and offers some of the best stargazing on earth. It’s been recognised as an Outstanding Natural Landscape due to its expansive basins with open grassland and valleys created by braided rivers.

For manawhenua, it is a significant cultural landscape, the home to Aoraki, a place where traditional trails meet, activities such as mahika kai have sustained whānau for generations, and tīpuna live and provide an unbreakable connection to the past.

It’s not just local people who love living and working here either, this region has a unique and fragile ecosystem that’s home to hundreds of threatened, at risk or endangered species of indigenous animals and plants, some of which are not found anywhere else in Aotearoa.


Protecting our future

This year, Mackenzie District Council, Manawhenua, Government and the community will work together to curate a 100-year vision for Te Manahuna/Mackenzie District. We will map a more sustainable future for our taoka (treasure) through developing a Destination Management Plan.

The long‐term goal is to achieve a vibrant, dynamic, and sustainable future: one that speaks to visitors and our community - manawhenua, locals, farmers, adventure seekers, artists and conservationists.

Have your say

We want to know what’s important to you about the Mackenzie – your memories of the past, your views on the present, and your aspirations for the future. Your insights will help us to shape possible scenarios for the next 100 years.

There are lots of ways to provide feedback and it only takes a few minutes:

  • Email us on info@mackenzie.govt.nz or use the link below;
  • Talk to the project team at one of our drop-in sessions;
  • Share your views on our Facebook page;
  • Fill out the online questionnaire below;
  • Pick up a feedback form from the Mackenzie District Council office in Twizel or Fairlie.

Feedback is open until 5pm, 23 August 2021.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Te Manahuna/Mackenzie Basin is an incredibly special place. It’s a World Heritage Area and offers some of the best stargazing on earth. It’s been recognised as an Outstanding Natural Landscape due to its expansive basins with open grassland and valleys created by braided rivers.

For manawhenua, it is a significant cultural landscape, the home to Aoraki, a place where traditional trails meet, activities such as mahika kai have sustained whānau for generations, and tīpuna live and provide an unbreakable connection to the past.

It’s not just local people who love living and working here either, this region has a unique and fragile ecosystem that’s home to hundreds of threatened, at risk or endangered species of indigenous animals and plants, some of which are not found anywhere else in Aotearoa.


Protecting our future

This year, Mackenzie District Council, Manawhenua, Government and the community will work together to curate a 100-year vision for Te Manahuna/Mackenzie District. We will map a more sustainable future for our taoka (treasure) through developing a Destination Management Plan.

The long‐term goal is to achieve a vibrant, dynamic, and sustainable future: one that speaks to visitors and our community - manawhenua, locals, farmers, adventure seekers, artists and conservationists.

Have your say

We want to know what’s important to you about the Mackenzie – your memories of the past, your views on the present, and your aspirations for the future. Your insights will help us to shape possible scenarios for the next 100 years.

There are lots of ways to provide feedback and it only takes a few minutes:

  • Email us on info@mackenzie.govt.nz or use the link below;
  • Talk to the project team at one of our drop-in sessions;
  • Share your views on our Facebook page;
  • Fill out the online questionnaire below;
  • Pick up a feedback form from the Mackenzie District Council office in Twizel or Fairlie.

Feedback is open until 5pm, 23 August 2021.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Positioning Te Manahuna/The Mackenzie for the future

We’re now going to ask how you’d like to see the Mackenzie positioned as a destination in the future.

Should we encourage lots of visitors who each spend a small amount while they’re here? Should we attract high-spending visitors but accept that there will be fewer of them? Or would you like to see something else?

After clicking 'Get Involved' below, you'll find some different global destinations represented - click on the information button to learn more about the different scenarios.

Then, think about Te Manahuna/Mackenzie Basin. Click the 'Comment' button below to add a pin and indicate where you think we should be positioning ourselves for the future. You can add a comment to tell us why you've chosen that place on the matrix.

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Page last updated: 24 August 2021, 10:10