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Mackenzie Country activities near Skylark Cabin secluded tiny-home accommodation in Twizel NZ


Nestled within the world-acclaimed Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, Skylark Cabin is located 10-minutes from the South Island township of Twizel, on four acres of peaceful, private land. Here nature takes centre stage, every direction you look.

Framed against a backdrop of the Ben Ohau range, our cabin is perfectly situated to take advantage of all the region has to offer.


If retreat and relaxation is on the agenda, you don’t even need to leave the cabin to experience the magic of the region. The mesmerising, world-renowned Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve will have you captivated as you soak up the serenity of a dazzling starry sky from the comfort of your bed or outdoor hot tub.

A star-gazers paradise, the gold-rated dark sky reserve is considered the darkest in the world. The remote location of our cabin ensures minimal light pollution for capturing once-in-a-lifetime images and memories of the starry night sky, using the deep space digital telescope. Visitors from the end of February through to June will witness the spectacular Milky Way core rising from the South East, or right above your head as the year progresses.


The best time to photograph the Milky Way is between February and October, with the summer months being shorter nights. Over summer, the full splendor of the Milky Way may not be visible, but billions of stars will still dazzle and impress.

Star gazing at Skylark Cabin luxury escape for couples in Twizel NZ
Mountain biking on the Alps2Ocean trail near Skylark Cabin Mt Cook accommodation NZ


Action seekers will be equally awed by the opportunities to explore on their doorstep. The area is renowned for its cycle trails, in particular the Alps2Ocean Cycleway (2km from cabin) which winds its way alongside the canal. Use the complementary e-bikes at the cabin.

Scenic freshwater salmon fishing in the canals is a popular drawcard, or try your hand fly-fishing in the Ahuriri River for trout. It’s also a popular spot for boating and water skiing over the summer months. Water lovers are spoilt for choice with five lakes within close proximity of the cabin - Lakes Ohau, Tekapo, Pukaki, Benmore and Ruataniwha.

World-class ski slopes are just an hour’s drive away to Ohau Ski Field, with the season running from approximately the end of June through to the start of October.

View more activities on the official Mackenzie Region tourism website.


For those who wish to explore a little further afield, not-to-be-missed Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a 58-minute drive away, with incredible photo opportunities and stunning glacier walks, including Hooker Valley and Tasman Valley (visit the Department of Conservation website for more details on weather and safety).


Lakes Pukaki and Ohau are only a short distance from Skylark Cabin by car or bike, with incredible views to soak up. The stunning sight of Lake Tekapo can be reached within a 50-minute drive, while popular resort towns, Queenstown and Wanaka, are a comfortable day trip.

Views of Aoraki Mt Cook near Skylark Cabin romantic getaway South Island NZ

While the area has plenty to offer, we’ve ensured that Skylark Cabin is a destination in itself. Find out more about our unique accommodation and the thoughtful amenities you can expect as our guest.


"Amazing, breathtaking. What ever the weather this spot has it covered. The fantastic photos do not do it justice. The silent, peaceful tranquility is priceless. The star filled sky is wondrous. The hot tub, the icing on this high country, astronomical, experience cake. We hope to come back again in the future. Tomorrow would be great."


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