Twizel

Travel Guide
Base yourself at this convenient South Island stopover town to take a scenic flight over a glacier, see movie-set landscapes and get active in alpine wonderlands.

Twizel is a small town in the Mackenzie District of New Zealand’s South Island, which is an alpine region full of spellbinding mountains, lakes and rolling hills. Twizel is situated next to Lake Ruataniwha and gives easy access to the vast Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

Established in 1968 to house workers of the local hydroelectric scheme, Twizel is a relatively young town even for New Zealand standards. Due to its convenient location in between Lake Tekapo and Queenstown, Twizel has become a popular stopover for those crossing New Zealand’s South Island.

Set out on a hike or bike ride to take in the majesty of the surrounding lakes and mountains. Mountain bike options from Twizel range from simple bike hire through to fully supported multi-day tours.

Step into the mystical realms of Middle-earth during a Lord Of The Rings Twizel Tour. Visit the stunning spots where famous scenes were filmed and learn about how the movies were made. Put on a costume to pose for a photo for a great souvenir.

See the scenery from a different perspective by taking a kayak trip out on a lake. Go on a guided tour or drift along in the serenity of your own company.

A third way of appreciating the majesty of the landscape is from above. Enjoy a scenic biplane flight, which takes just 2 passengers to provide a personalized viewing experience.

Visit High Country Salmon at their lakeside farm just to the south of town. Feed the salmon in the ponds with some of the free fish food that is provided and marvel at their speed and maneuverability. Order fresh salmon sushi, salmon pies or smoked salmon and eat it next to the ponds where the fish was caught.

Twizel is located in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark-Sky Reserve, a heaven for stargazers. Dark-sky reserves are in low nighttime light areas and reduce artificial light pollution to help promote astronomy.

Whether it's the night sky or the movie-like scenery, you can’t help but be starstruck by this enchanting place in the far regions of the Southern Hemisphere.

Colonial Motel Twizel
Colonial Motel Twizel
3 out of 5
38 Mackenzie Drive, Twizel, 7901
The price is NZ$145 per night from 17 Aug. to 18 Aug.
Stay at this 3-star motel in Twizel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (108 reviews)
"All good. Thanks."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Colonial Motel Twizel
Mackenzie Country Hotel Twizel
Mackenzie Country Hotel Twizel
3 out of 5
Cnr Ostler & Wairepo Roads, PO Box 99, Twizel, 7901
The price is NZ$164 per night from 15 Sep. to 16 Sep.
Stay at this 3-star ski hotel in Twizel. Enjoy free parking, breakfast and WiFi. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (418 reviews)
"Great service, friendly staff, tidy and clean. However, internet connection wasn’t great and heating unit was not able to heat up the room."

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2022

Mackenzie Country Hotel Twizel
The Lakes Motel Twizel
The Lakes Motel Twizel
4 out of 5
10 Mackenzie Drive, Twizel, 7901
The price is NZ$156 per night from 1 Sep. to 2 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star golf motel in Twizel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (187 reviews)
"Super Friendly Staff/Owner. Great sized and well appointed rooms"

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2022

The Lakes Motel Twizel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Twizel Cottages
Twizel Cottages
3.5 out of 5
2 Irishman Drive, Twizel, 7901
The price is NZ$228 per night from 10 Sep. to 11 Sep.
Stay at this 3.5-star cottage in Twizel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family amenities in their reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (47 reviews)
Gorgeous modern cottage
"Really gorgeous cottage, cool design. Spotless and has everything you need. Super close to town and amenities. Great overnight stay on ski trip."

Reviewed on 23 Aug. 2021

Twizel Cottages
Mackenzie Lodge
Mackenzie Lodge
3.5 out of 5
227 Mackenzie Drive, Twizel, 7901
The price is NZ$334 per night from 28 Aug. to 29 Aug.
Stay at this 3.5-star holiday home in Twizel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the family amenities in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"Huge, exceeded our expectations. Great for family reunion. Had a washer. Has table tennis, board games and other niceties"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2019

Mackenzie Lodge
NOMAC No8
NOMAC No8
3.5 out of 5
8 Matukituki Crescent, Twizel, 7901
The price is NZ$615 per night from 22 Aug. to 23 Aug.
Stay at this 3.5-star holiday home in Twizel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Lake Ruataniwha and Twizel Town Centre are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"The property is great. It is new might be first time to rent out."

Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2019

NOMAC No8
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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