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 AU$74 per night from 13 Feb. to 14 Feb.
Situated in Twizel, this 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 Information ...
3.7/5 Good! (158 reviews)
"bit noisy"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2022

High Country Motel and Backpackers
Mountain Chalets Motel
Mountain Chalets Motel
3 out of 5
Wairepo Road, Twizel
The price is AU$109 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (778 reviews)
"Great location and friendly staff, suited us for a 2 night stay."

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2022

Mountain Chalets Motel
Mackenzie Country Hotel Twizel
Mackenzie Country Hotel Twizel
3 out of 5
Cnr Ostler & Wairepo Roads, PO Box 99, Twizel
The price is AU$168 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this Twizel hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Twizel Town Centre and Lake Ruataniwha, and is convenient for winter sports, ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (407 reviews)
"Outdated and in need of a refurb just still quite and comfortable"

Reviewed on 8 Oct. 2021

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 AU$109 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (778 reviews)
"Great location and friendly staff, suited us for a 2 night stay."

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2022

Mountain Chalets Motel
TWIZEL - New house near the lake
TWIZEL - New house near the lake
15 Peak Drive, Twizel, Canterbury
Situated on a lake, this holiday home is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Lake Ruataniwha and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Twizel Town Centre. Lake Pukaki and Lake Benmore are also ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Little Twizel Gem
"Thoroughly enjoyable experience would definately recommend to couples or small families."

Reviewed on 27 Jan. 2022

TWIZEL - New house near the lake
Mackenzie Lodge
Mackenzie Lodge
3.5 out of 5
227 Mackenzie Drive, Twizel
The price is AU$313 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
Situated in Twizel, this holiday home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Twizel Town Centre and within 9 miles (15 km) of Lake Pukaki and Lake Ruataniwha. Lake Pukaki Information ...
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
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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