Twizel is a paradise for lovers of the outdoors, and there is never any shortage of things to do. Aside from its world-class rowing course and regular rowing events, Lake Ruataniwha is also a popular spot for boating and other watersports. The local lakes, rivers, and hydro canals are an angler’s dream, full of salmon and trout. Twizel is also on the popular Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail and has plenty of options for walking, tramping, and climbing in native forest or alpine wilderness.
Scenic flights from Lake Tekapo and Aoraki/Mt Cook offer breathtaking panoramas of the Southern Alps, and ski-plane landings on the Tasman Glacier provide an unforgettable experience. Or you can jump out of a plane on a tandem skydive above the town, combining thrills with spectacular views.
As part of the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage area, Twizel is also a stargazer’s dream. Take a trip up to the Mt John observatory in Lake Tekapo for a guided night sky experience, or simply just look up on a clear night to gaze the wonders of the Milky Way spread out across the Twizel sky.
If you prefer to stay on terra firma, the newly established self-guided Upper Waitaki Hydro Heritage Trail offers a unique way to learn the history of Twizel. Or perhaps mini-golf or disc golf is more your thing – Twizel has them both, along with plenty of other sporting opportunities. With countless options for things to see and do, Twizel is the perfect base for exploring the Mackenzie Country.