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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.

High Country Motel and Backpackers
High Country Motel and Backpackers
2.5 out of 5
23 Mackenzie Drive, Twizel
The price is NZ$64 per night from 9 May to 10 May

Situated in Twizel, this eco-friendly motel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Twizel Town Centre and within 9 miles (15 km) of Lake Pukaki and Lake Ruataniwha. Lake Pukaki ...

3.6/5Good! (150 reviews)

"Nice area very accessible to all. My family enjoy staying there."…"

Reviewed on 5 Apr. 2021

High Country Motel and Backpackers
Colonial Motel Twizel
Colonial Motel Twizel
3 out of 5
38 Mackenzie Drive, Twizel
The price is NZ$115 per night from 15 Apr. to 16 Apr.

Situated in Twizel, this motel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Twizel Town Centre and within 9 miles (15 km) of Lake Pukaki and Lake Ruataniwha. Lake Pukaki Information ...

4.3/5Excellent! (93 reviews)

"Great location to everything, good, shops and supermarket. The location is central as well to town."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan. 2021

Colonial Motel Twizel
Mackenzie Country Hotel Twizel
Mackenzie Country Hotel Twizel
3 out of 5
Cnr Ostler & Wairepo Roads, PO Box 99, Twizel
The price is NZ$165 per night from 12 Apr. to 13 Apr.

Located near to the slopes, this Twizel hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Twizel Town Centre and is convenient for winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and ...

3.9/5Very Good! (395 reviews)
three day stay

"Very clean property with large rooms and great balcony, buffet breakfast was good with friendly staff - the only negative was how slow the internet was. Very difficult to try and work when using it"…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020

Mackenzie Country Hotel 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.
Mountain Chalets Motel
Mountain Chalets Motel
3 out of 5
Wairepo Road, Twizel
The price is NZ$108 per night from 27 Apr. to 28 Apr.

Situated in a national park, this chalet is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Twizel Town Centre and within 9 miles (15 km) of Lake Pukaki and Lake Ruataniwha. Lake Pukaki ...

4.3/5Excellent! (747 reviews)

"Was a little surprised not to be staying in the units I thought I had booked, but instead at a house a few mins away, turned out fine, nice spacious house. However odd shower room and sadly no toilet paper so had to be careful with the one roll"…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2021

Mountain Chalets Motel
Twizel Peaceful Retreat
Twizel Peaceful Retreat
303 MacKenzie Drive, Twizel, Canterbury
The price is NZ$179 per night from 22 Apr. to 23 Apr.

This family-friendly Twizel holiday home is located on a lake, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Twizel Town Centre, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Lake Pukaki and Lake Ruataniwha. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Amazing property great place to stay has everything we needed

"Highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on 8 Feb. 2021

Twizel Peaceful Retreat
Terrific House on Totara Drive
Terrific House on Totara Drive
26 Totara Dr, Twizel, Canterbury
The price is NZ$269 per night from 16 Apr. to 17 Apr.

Located in Twizel, this family-friendly holiday home is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Twizel Town Centre, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Lake Pukaki and Lake Ruataniwha. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Great stay

"Out door living good. Good location. Outside games room good for teens"…"

Reviewed on 5 Apr. 2021

Terrific House on Totara Drive
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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24 Mar. 2020

I’ve been going to Twizel since I was little but hadn’t been in 5 years. It’s great to see how much the town has progressed in that time, but it’s also nice to see that it has kept its small town charm as well.

5/5 - Excellent

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16 Mar. 2020

Small town with more than enough dining options. We had a great stay

3/5 - Okay

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10 Mar. 2020

Just passing through .

5/5 - Excellent

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29 Jan. 2020

Twizel is a great base to explore the wonderful MacKenzie Country

5/5 - Excellent

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19 Jan. 2020

Charming town near Mt Cook with all the facilities (particularly like how they’re all located together at Market Place). Would recommend staying here and taking the scenic drive along Lake Pukaki. Much cheaper and complete than Mt Cook village.

5/5 - Excellent

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21 Nov. 2019

Easy drive to Mt Cook Village

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