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!’s Cycle company is based in Historic Clyde, Central Otago. Our expertise on all the Central Otago trails is well recognised. Our one stop Cycle Shop includes; retail, hire, workshop and tour planning. Our team prides itself on being cycle specialists, delivering premium customer service, and superior knowledge. Open 7 days, because – “We are all about you!”
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!
We're a small friendly team of Mackenzie locals who love this beautiful part of the world. Our home is the Mackenzie Region so relax and enjoy your adventuring knowing you have skilled, knowledgeable, qualified services at hand. Drop off and pick up options for cyclists for supported rides. Bike hire. Also offer scenic tours or night-sky tours for small groups.
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.
Welcome to Murchison Heli Tours, a place to see all the wonders 'our world' has to offer. Offering a professional helicopter transport operation, specialising in scenic flights and charters, hunting/fishing drops, heli-biking/tramping, kayaking and rafting, commercial operations and flight training. Take a moment to explore the various scenic flights we offer. Fly with us across untouched New Zealand landscapes.
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 favourite 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.
Situated halfway between Queenstown and Christchurch, the closest budget accommodation in Twizel to Aoraki/Mt Cook. Surrounded by mature trees and gardens with views of the mountains. Variety of accommodation and services including cosy cottages (self-contained), en-suite cabins, and backpacker rooms. The power and tent sites have bathrooms and kitchen facilities. BBQ area. Just 500 metre walk to Twizel township.
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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No Holds Bard
No Holds Bard – Michael Hurst tours with AOTNZ. Driven to the brink by the infidelity of his wife and a lack of acting opportunities, an aging thespian confronts his demons in what he hopes will be a final ‘dark ...
Where: Twizel Events Centre, Twizel, Mackenzie
Address: 61 McKenzie Dr, Twizel, Mackenzie
From: 7:30pm on Saturday 25th August 2018
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 25th August 2018
Meridian Twizel Hard Labour Weekend
Steve Skinner memorial Canal Kayak Race. This race is part of the Meridian Hard Labour Weekend events. It is a unique race encompassing Lake Ruataniwha and the Hydro canals finishing in Lake Benmore. There are two ...
Where: Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel, Canterbury
Address: 1 Max Smith Drive Twizel
From: 7:30am on Saturday 20th October 2018
To: 12:00pm on Saturday 20th October 2018
Meridian Twizel Hard Labour Weekend
Pyramid Run - Half Maraton. The third event in the Twizel Hard Labour Weekend can be either raced as a stand-alone event or as part of the Hard Labourer - Kayak, MTB or Half Marathon combo. Raced over the half ...
Where: Twizel Ben Ohau Station, Twizel, Mackenzie
Address: Glen Lyon Road, Twizel, Mackenzie
From: 12:00pm on Saturday 20th October 2018
To: 1:00pm on Sunday 21st October 2018