Twizel is a small town beautifully located near to rivers, lakes and mountains in the stunning MacKenzie Country. Located near to Aoraki/Mt Cook, and the gateway to the Aoraki Mt Cook World Heritage Park, Twizel boasts one of the world's cleanest, driest and darkest skies. With five lakes located close to Twizel, this is the ideal location to stay and explore the MacKenzie High Country. more
Central to all the attractions of the Mackenzie region, with the Southern Alps as a backdrop, the alpine retreat of Twizel is close to 5 picturesque lakes, including a world-standard rowing course and Formula One class boating area at Lake Ruataniwha. Twizel is the largest town in the Mackenzie region with a resident population of 1,200 people. With this comes a number of highly rated village cafes and eateries and a full range of services.
If fishing is your love and catching salmon, brown or rainbow trout is what you dream of, then don’t go past any of Twizel’s rivers, lakes or canals. Twizel is a popular base for those who are interested in rock and mountain climbing, cycling on the Alps 2 Ocean trail, hunting, boating, skiing or snowboarding in winter or simply relaxing in the town’s cafes.
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Mobile-friendly - Bike It Now! offers a great range of tour packages that will get you out there and cycling the trails in Central Otago and beyond. Otago Central Rail Trail, Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold, Alps2Ocean, Queenstown Trail and Wanaka Trails.
Mobile-friendly - Based at Twizel in Mackenzie Basin at the start and heart of the 300km Alps2Ocean cycle way from Mt Cook down the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru. We offer full support for your cycle vacation. Providing everything from bike-hire, luggage transfer, shuttle to start of trail, accommodation bookings, bike repairs and accessories. Enjoy a great day ride or 6-7 day cycle.
Mobile-friendly - A new and exciting way to start your Alps 2 Ocean cycle trip. We are New Zealand's only commercial hovercraft operation and the only tourism venture on Lake Pukaki. Our ship offers an exciting start to your Alps2Ocean cycle trip or a leisurely way to experience the majestic scenery around Aoraki/Mt Cook. Scenery guaranteed to take your breath away.
Mobile-friendly - High Country Salmon has a café-style shop floating on a working freshwater salmon farm. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, visitors can enjoy a coffee and something from our salmon-inspired menu. Feed the fish for free or purchase fresh salmon to take away. Ideally situated on State Highway 8, South of Twizel, on main route from Christchurch to Queenstown, a must see!
Mobile-friendly - Matuka Lodge is 3.5 kilometres from Twizel, gateway to Mount Cook National Park. Conveniently placed on the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail route and by road almost exactly half way between Christchurch and Queenstown. You’ll enjoy views across the private trout pond to the Southern Alps and wider Mackenzie Country in luxury from this stunning location.
Mobile-friendly - Hear the groan and grind of this massive moving river of ice, and feel the ice crunch underfoot as you walk on the glacier in New Zealand's big mountain country. Mt Cook Glacier Guiding invite you to enjoy spectacular views from the air, heli-hile, snowshoe, or ice climb! It's their pleasure to guide you on your alpine adventure.
Mobile-friendly - What does our Lord of the Rings Tour involve? Have you ever wondered what goes into the making of a movie? Join our Lord of the Rings Twizel Tour, highly recommended by the Official Lord of the Rings Location Guide Book and our clients on TripAdvisor! The LOTR film crew were here for several weeks filming many scenes.
Mobile-friendly - Lord of the Rings Tours. We'll take you on 6, 10 or 14 day journey through Middle Earth. Make your dreams a reality, walk in the footsteps of your favorite character with our Lord of the Rings Tour. Visit best Lord of the Rings/Hobbit film-sites with like-minded fans, become part of a fellowship. 5-star winners on Trip-Advisor yearly since 2012.
Mobile-friendly - Welcome to Skydiving Kiwis, the newest and by far coolest New Zealand tandem skydiving experience. Located only one and a half hours south of Christchurch, a perfect day trip to South Canterbury awaits you... Established in June 2011 by a small group of highly skilled and extremely passionate 'kiwi' skydivers, collectively boasting over 20 years industry experience between them!
Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain towers over the expansive countryside of the Mackenzie Basin. Relaxed transport service with informative commentary, photo opportunities, sightseeing stops, connecting Mount Cook with Tekapo and Twizel, and through other bus companies to Christchurch, Queenstown and Wanaka. Take a day trip or stay for the summer. Prepare to be blown away by the awe-inspiring views.
Omahau Downs offers guests a relaxing High Country farm environment with self-catering accommodation. Ideally located to get uninterrupted view of Mt Cook and the Mackenzie Country, but still conveniently close to Twizel Township. A fantastic 45-minute drive takes you to Aoraki, Mt Cook and many other sights and activities are also in the area to be enjoyed.
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The Twizel Salmon & Wine Festival
On a Saturday in Summer each year, Market Place transforms into the best wine and food festival in the region. The combination of fine wines and delicious local salmon makes this festival unique in New ...
Where: Market Place, Twizel, Mackenzie
Address: Twizel, Mackenzie
From: 12:00pm on Saturday 24th February 2018
To: 5:00pm on Saturday 24th February 2018
Astro Masterclass Photography Workshop
Our 4-day Astro Masterclass Workshop is an ideal programme to expand your skills in Astro, Timelapse and Panoramic photography with highly acclaimed astrophotographer Mark Gee along with Dave Buckton. We will base ...
Where: Twizel Town Centre, Twizel, Mackenzie
Address: Market Place, Twizel, Mackenzie
From: 12:00pm on Friday 10th August 2018
To: 12:00pm on Monday 13th August 2018