Twizel Travel Guide

  • Simming Holes in the River
    Simming Holes in the River
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  • Twizel Holiday Park
    Twizel Holiday Park
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  • Lake Pukaki and Mt Cook
    Lake Pukaki and Mt Cook
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Twizel Things to Do

  • Lake Pukaki

    Lake Pukaki is one of three parallel lakes running north south from the Southern Alps. It is the largest of the three (the others are Lake Tekapo and Lake Ohau). All are glacier lakes and the glacial flour gives them that distinctive blue colour.Lake Pukaki is fed by the Tasman River from the waters of the Tasman and Hooker Glaciers. It is part of...

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  • Aoraki Visitor Centre

    The visitor centre at Mt Cook/Aoraki is quite amazing. It is full of imformation about the area including Maori history, wildlife, climbing history and the mountains. There are examples of Maori art and some beautiful stained glass windows featuring flora and fauna of the area. There is also a well stocked shop.

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  • Mount Cook

    Mount Cook or in the Maori, Aoraki is the highest mountain in New Zealand. It is 3,754 metres high and is in the Southern Alps, the mountain range which runs the length of the South Island. It is a popular tourist destination all year round and on the list of challenges to mountain climbers. The Tasman Gacier (to the east) and the Hooker Glacier...

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  • Lake Tekapo

    Lake Tekapo is one of three lakes running almost parallel to each other. Lakes Pukaki and Ohau are the other two. Lake Tekapo is the second largest. It is fed by the waters of the Godley River and drained by the Tekapo River. It forms part of the extensive Waitaki Hydro Scheme.The township of Lake Tekapo is at the southern end of the lake and has a...

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  • Church of the Good Shepherd - Lake...

    Situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo is the Church of the Good Shepherd, which, in 1935, was the first church built in the Mackenzie Basin. It was built as a place of worship for many denominations and remains so today. As a memorial to the founders of the area it is made from local stone - in fact the stones could only be gathered from within 5...

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  • McKenzie County Collie Dog Memorial -...

    Border Collie dogs were introduced to the area in the 1800's byt the Scottish shepherds. Without these dogs the area could not have been farmed with any success. A memorial to the saviour of the McKenzie County has been erected at Lake Tekapo.

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  • Waitaki Hydro Scheme - Lake Ruataniwha

    The Waitaki Hydro Scheme was a mammoth undertaking involving daming the Waitaki River at three places and using the waters of three lakes - Tekapo, Pukaki, and Ohau. Lake Ruataniwha was created as a result of damming the Ohau River. The Waitaki dam was built first, then Aviemore Dam creating Lake Aviemore followed by Benmore Dam creating Lake...

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  • Waitaki Hydro Scheme - Lake Waitaki

    The Waitaki Hydro Scheme was a mammoth undertaking involving daming the Waitaki River at three places and using the waters of three lakes - Tekapo, Pukaki, and Ohau. Lake Ruataniwha was created as a result of damming the Ohau River. The Waitaki dam was built first, then Aviemore Dam creating Lake Aviemore followed by Benmore Dam creating Lake...

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  • Waitaki Hydro Scheme - Lake Aviemore

    The Waitaki Hydro Scheme was a mammoth undertaking involving daming the Waitaki River at three places and using the waters of three lakes - Tekapo, Pukaki, and Ohau. Lake Ruataniwha was created as a result of damming the Ohau River. The Waitaki dam was built first, then Aviemore Dam creating Lake Aviemore followed by Benmore Dam creating Lake...

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  • Waitaki Hydro Scheme - Lake Benmore

    The Waitaki Hydro Scheme was a mammoth undertaking involving daming the Waitaki River at three places and using the waters of three lakes - Tekapo, Pukaki, and Ohau. Lake Ruataniwha was created as a result of damming the Ohau River. The Waitaki dam was built first, then Aviemore Dam creating Lake Aviemore followed by Benmore Dam creating Lake...

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  • Swimming Holes in the River

    A lot of the locals will walk or ride their bikes along the few paths down the by river. There are also a couple of deeper holes in the river where they go swimming.The water is fresh and cold, but refreshing at the same time. Once you are wet, there is ample flat grassy areas to rest and warm yourself in the sun.

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  • Salmon Nursery

    Twizel takes its name from the near by River, there are also three big Lakes around..Lake Ohau, Tekapo and Pukaki. the natural inflow of fresh waters, the melting of the ice, is not only the cornerstone for the Powerstation, it's also a lifeline for the Business of a Salmon Farm.....you won't get them fresher than that, right into you frying panbut...

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  • Walks in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

    There is some nice walks you can do in the park.Here two small examples if you do not have too much time:Hooker Valley Track (3 hours)Follow the Hooker Valley Road with the car (or if you walk from village add 1 hour) . Trailhead is at the campsite. You will pass the Alpine Memorial (nice viewpoint) and leads then to the Hooker River where you find...

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  • Salmon Farm

    On the way to Twizel from Omarama, we came across this Salmon Farm.The lady boss was very friendly. You could feed the salmon with the feeds provided by the farm.We had some fresh salmon sashimi at this farm.We kill sometime by feeding those salmon fishes while the owner of the salmon farm went to cut up some nice salmon sashimi for us. Those...

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  • Twizel Information Centre

    The Twizel Information Centre should be the first stop for every visitors to this small town.It is located at the Twizel Events Centre.Phone: (03) 435 3124Fax: (03) 435 0537E-mail: info@twizel.comOpening hours: October - April. 9.00am - 7.00pm. DailyMay - September. 9.00am - 5.00pm. Monday to Saturday

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Twizel Hotels

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  • Best Western Aspen Court

    10 Mackenzie Drive Twizel None

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Mackenzie Country Inn

    CORNER OSTLER AND WAIREPO ROADS,PO BOX 99, Po Box

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Aoraki Lodge

    32 Mackenzie Drive, Twizel, NZ

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Twizel Restaurants

  • Twizel hospitality

    The atmosphere was warm and friendly - the open fire place was definitely warm. Service was good but mains took a little while to arrive. Hey, we were on holidays and had nowhere else to go. I chose a Lamb Rack served on buttered crushed peas and rosemary jus. It was delicious and the lamb cooked medium rare as I like it.Mum have the Dukkah...

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  • Lou's Place - Fish & Chips

    Another food recommedation by our friend is to try the white baits fish & chips in Twizel.Unfortunately, it was closed when we were there.That leads us to Shawtyz where we had our smoked salmon pizza. It was salmon day as we just had some fresh salmon sashimi along the way.

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  • High Country Salmon Farm

    At High Country Salmon Farm, we get to taste fresh salmon sashimi.The lady boss gave us some fish feed to feed them to the salmon fishes while she prepare some fresh sashimi for us.It box of fresh salmon sashimi with cost only NZ$5.This is the freshest salmon sashimi we can get.Back home, the salmon are all air flown.

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Twizel Transportation

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    by pepples46 Updated May 8, 2004

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    a car makes you independent, a 3 to 4 hour drive from Christchurch, depends on the distraction along the way. klick on the map
    and see for yourself..
    Mount Cook National Park near by, Lake Tekapo, Pukaki...all well accessible by car

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Twizel Tourist Traps

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    by DSwede Written Jan 16, 2012

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    It is a simple town, with its main street, Mackenzie Drive, actually forming a "P" shape, so don't worry if your directions tell you to go down Mackenzie, then take a turn onto Mackenzie... even locals get confused.

    But it is a small town, so even if you go the wrong way, you'll be back to where you started in about 2 minutes.

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Twizel Off The Beaten Path

  • Lake Ohau

    right around the corner from Twizel, the charming Lake Ohau. a winter ski paradise and in summer the locals from Canterbury and Otago have their holidays here..often with everything they got, except the kitchen sinkI have a Lake Ohau page, have some time? popp in

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  • Fairly

    Fairly a tiny town is best known as service center and focal point for those who like good skiing at Mt Dobson on 2100m altitude, with a superb view over the Mckenzie Country.Burk Pass makes for a stunning roundtrip in this areathe Pass is named after John Burke, who, after the trial of James Mckenzie for sheep stealing, settled in this vast area

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Twizel Sports & Outdoors

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    by pepples46 Updated May 8, 2004

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    at the artificial created Lake Ruataniwha one of the Lakes who provide the basic to the Power Station of the Waitaki.
    But the Lakes beautiful setting and calm waters is also used as NZ Rowing championships, where we of course are very well presented, through Rob Wadell the olympic Gold medallist from Sydney 2000.
    the Swindell Twins not less succesful in the double sculls, picking up the Worldcup in Europe 2003
    but actually I should have let this tip alone, not realy sure how to present this, I actually got stuck...and as ATLC said: looks like you tipped over and sunk' that was she speaking!!

    from the web: Rob Wadell
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  • Lakes surrounding Twizel

    Twizel is located in the heart of Mackenzie Basin. Lake Ruataniwha, Lake Ohau, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, Lake Benmore and Lake Aviemore are the hydro lakes area surrounding Twizel. Ever wonder why is the Lake turquoise-blue in colour? The glaciers in the headwaters of the Lakes grind away rocks in large quantities of rock into fine dust which is...

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  • the Road to Twizel

    the Mackenzie Country is an enchanting place,hot summers and cold winters, for people who like skiing, best opportunities here. I don't ski, but like walking, swimming and having a relaxed time in this beautiful area. Lake Ohau is right around the corner, so is the National Park of Mt.Cook. fresh Salmon and great Campplaces, contendment, for me...

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