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This alpine retreat township is a recreational haven of mountains, rivers and lakes offering a huge range of sporting, recreation and leisure activities, through all seasons. Originally established as a services base of the massive Waitaki hydroelectric power scheme, Twizel has proudly grown to a destination in its own right, now home to more than 1,100 residents.

Renowned as a fisherman’s paradise (salmon, brown and rainbow trout)  Twizel offers many other activities including:

  • Lake Ruataniwha international rowing & boating.
  • Alps 2 Ocean (A2O) Cycle Journeys and Mountain biking.
  • Adventure activities including heli biking, rock and mounting climbing.
  • Salmon farms.
  • Kaki Black Stilt breeding hide.
  • Walking tracks, horse trekking and guided alpine tours.
  • Lord of the Rings Tour – explore the film location of Gondor.
  • Winter playground skiing and snowboarding.    

Experience delicious cuisine from a variety of cafes and restaurants offering flavours and style for every occasion.  From gourmet fish & chips, pizza and family café style, authentic Thai and fine fare, enjoy delicious fresh local fare with stunning views to match. Learn more about Twizel's History, a new town - new in that it was constructed as recently as 1968, and "New Town" is the planning definition for the modern layout of the streets, facilities and amenities.

It's not surprising people choose to stay a while longer, Twizel Area Property & Real Estate and Twizel Accommodation

Purchase History of Twizel DVD from Twizel Promotions & Development Association (TPDA) For more information phone (03) 435 0066 or email Video $20 + postage.


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High Country Salmon
High Country Salmon High Country Salmon is a boutique, family-owned fresh water Chinook (King) salmon farm located on State Highway 8 just South of Twizel in the majestic Mackenzie area of South Canterbury.

Mackenzie Laundries Ltd
Mackenzie Laundries Ltd Mackenzie Laundries is a privately owned commercial laundry based in Fairlie, South Canterbury, supplying high quality linen throughout the Mackenzie District.

Rosedale Cottages
Rosedale Cottages Rosedale Cottages are purpose built, boutique accommodation situated in a peaceful location on the edge of Twizel, the Mackenzie District’s nearest town to Aoraki Mt Cook. Set back off the road, each cottage has stunning views of the Ben Ohau range and Mount Cook.

Shawty's Cafe & Wine Bar
Shawty's Cafe & Wine Bar Shawtys - the best restaurant, cafe and bar in Twizel and beyond. A taste explosion for breakfast, lunch, dinner and anytime between is guaranteed at Shawtys.

The Jollie Biker
The Jollie Biker The Jollie Biker ... ride along with us…see The Jollie Biker in Twizel for bike hire and trail packages.

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