Twizel - Heart of the Mackenzie High Country

Twizel is located in the heart of the spectacular Mackenzie High Country. Surrounded by mountains, turquoise blue lakes and burnt umber landscapes this area will take your breath away! Twizel is the gateway to Aoraki Mt Cook World Heritage Park and nestles under the gold status Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. It is located next to Lake Ruataniwha home of the world class rowing facility administered by South Island Rowing.

Take Time To Relax And Play

From camping holidays where your kids can experience the freedom we all had in the fifties, through to luxurious and private retreats, Twizel has accommodation to meet your needs. The village cafes and eateries are highly rated and there is a full range of services to support your stay.  Whatever your choices, we are looking forward to seeing you here!

With five lakes in close proximity, Twizel is a popular base for you to explore and experience the High Country. Cycling, the Alps2Ocean, hunting, tramping, fly fishing, boating, rowing, kayaking, skiing, photography or simply relaxing in the sun, we encourage you to make the most of your stay in this Lord of the Rings paradise.

For a small village, Twizel has a full events programme that extends into the Mackenzie Basin and celebrates the abundant features of and resources of this superb area. 

We recommend that you plan to stay at least 2-3 days in Twizel, if not more!  

salmon and wine festival twizel, hops n hooves, mt cook     Events Calendar
rowing, aoraki mackenzie international dark sky reserve, alps to ocean     Things to Do
accommodation twizel mt cook lake tekapo     Accommodation

Twizel - Heart of the Mackenzie High Country and Gateway to Aoraki Mt Cook