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Mackenzie Basin is located on the South Island of New Zealand. It is a popular place in New Zealand and is usually also known as Mackenzie Country. Actually it is a basin which is situated close to the centre of the South Island. It goes around one hundred kilometres from North to South and about forty kilometres from East to West. On the western side is the Southern Alps. The major part of Mackenzie Basin is in Canterbury and the rest in Otago in the Waitaki River. There are some famous rivers that cross the Mackenzie Basin which are the Hakataramea River, Ahuriri River, Tekapo River and Waitaki River. The area is not so much populated, they are found in Mount Cook Village, Lake Tekapo, Omarama and Twizel. The place attracts tourists for its beautiful views, enormous glacial lakes and the fabulous mountains covered with snow which attracts a lot of skiers. One of the other popular activities in Mackenzie Country is gliding. Mackenzie Basin is a place which is important for astronomy because of its dry, clear dark sky with facilities as Mount John University Observatory, this bring also a lot of tourist to the area. Mackenzie Basin is being planed to be the first International Dark Sky Reserve of the world.



Oamaru Mackenzie Basin




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