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Popular amenities for Twizel vacation rentals

Stay near Twizel's top sights

Poppies Cafe49 locals recommend
Four Square Twizel15 locals recommend
Top Hut Bar & Bistro21 locals recommend
Ministry of Works Bar & Eatery43 locals recommend
Shawtys Cafe Restaurant & Bar34 locals recommend
HYDRO Cafe36 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Twizel

  • Total rentals

    260 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $30 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    20K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    220 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    40 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    20 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Twizel

All About Twizel

In the Mackenzie District of the Canterbury Region of the South Island, Twizel is a small town enveloped by wilderness, making it a convenient base for outdoor adventures. The surrounding wild landscape includes the Mount Cook National Park and Mackenzie Basin, where the dramatic and stark scenery lends itself to mountain climbing, mountain biking, and skiing in the nearby peaks. At ground level, you can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, and cycling year-round.

The 5.5-mile Twizel Walkway is a popular path that circles the community and takes you along the Twizel River, with various entry and exit points. For a longer trek, a signpost outside the town marks the 15-mile Twizel River Trail offering magnificent views of the Mackenzie Basin, Aoraki Mount Cook, and Lake Benmore, with picnic stops and swimming holes along the way. Thrill-seekers can take a flight over the nearby mountains in a biplane or book a skydive to get an adrenaline hit with a birds-eye view.

Lakes Ōhau, Omarama, and Tekapo are within a 45-minute drive of the town, and all are rich in wildlife and varied terrain. The kakī/black stilt bird is one of the world’s rarest, and the local conservation facility is dedicated to protecting them. Anglers flock to the area to try their luck with the trout and salmon, which inhabit the local lakes and rivers. Those who’d prefer seafood without the wait can pop into a local fish farm and buy a ready smoked salmon or try the local eateries. The town’s cozy pubs and cafes are fitting spots to refuel after a day of exploring.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Twizel

Twizel enjoys hot, dry summers and cold, frosty winters. Those seeking a sunny summer adventure should visit between December and February, while those who’d prefer a snowy wonderland should book their Twizel accommodation for June or July. For an unusual water-based activity, you may want to time your visit for March on an even year, when a regatta brings more than 2,000 rowers to Lake Ruataniwha near Twizel.

Top things to do in Twizel

Alps 2 Ocean

The Alps 2 Ocean (or A2O) cycle trail is one of the most remarkable in the country, starting at the southern alps, heading through Twizel, and finishing at Oamaru by the Pacific Ocean. The entire route is over 190 miles and can take around nine days. You can, of course, ride as much of the trail as you’d like — no matter how long you ride, the trail offers some incredible South Island scenery.

Glacier Flight

For an incomparable view of the New Zealand Glaciers, consider taking a flight from Twizel Airport. Several operators run private excursions, taking in the nearby Glenmary Glacier, Tasman Glacier, and the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. The classic planes come fully equipped with leather flying jackets, goggles, and warm blankets. And of course, a pilot to show you all the sights.


Twizel and the surrounding Mackenzie region have been declared one of only 16 “dark sky reserves” in the world. Almost completely free from light pollution, the area is considered one of the best stargazing spots on earth. Novice astronomers can join a group or workshop to learn how to identify constellations. There are also photography courses for those who’d like to learn how to capture the skies.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Twizel?

    Twizel experiences a temperate climate. Summer (December to February) has temperatures ranging from 15 to 25°C (59 to 77°F), making it perfect for outdoor activities. Winter (June to August) is colder, with temperatures from -2 to 8°C (28 to 46°F), ideal for winter activities.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Twizel?

    Visitors to Twizel can explore the beautiful Mackenzie Basin, engage in bird-watching at Ahuriri Conservation Park, or immerse themselves in the local culture at the Twizel Market. For those seeking physical activity, cycling trails and rowing on Lake Ruataniwha are frequently suggested.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Twizel?

    Twizel is frequented by visitors in the summer months, from December to February, when the weather is warmer with temperatures averaging 68°F (20°C). During this period, Twizel hosts the Maadi Cup, a national school rowing competition on Lake Ruataniwha, attracting spectators from across the nation.

  • What are the best places to stay in Twizel?

    In Twizel, the town centre is a popular place to stay as it provides easy access to local amenities and attractions. Ben Ohau, with its stunning natural surroundings, is also frequently suggested for those seeking tranquillity.

  • What are the best places to visit in Twizel?

    Twizel is home to several popular places including Lake Pukaki with its stunning turquoise water, and Lord of the Rings filming locations. The local Hydro Canal is also a favourite spot for those interested in fishing.

  • What are some hiking trails in Twizel?

    Twizel has numerous hiking trails such as the Ben Ohau Track, which provides panoramic views, and the Rhoboro Downs Track, renowned for its unique flora. For a more leisurely walk, the Twizel River Trail is often recommended.

  • What are some family activities to do in Twizel?

    In Twizel, families can explore the bike trails at Twizel Area Mountain Biking, embark on stargazing tours at the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, or participate in salmon or rainbow trout fishing at High Country Salmon. Additionally, take a scenic walk around Lake Ruataniwha, or uncover the area's Lord of the Rings filming locations.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Twizel?

    Day trips from Twizel could include a journey to the nearby Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, exploring the beautiful Lake Tekapo or visiting the historic Clay Cliffs of Omarama, all within 160km of Twizel.

  • Do cottage rentals in Twizel have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 cottage rentals with wifi in Twizel. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there family-friendly house rentals in Twizel?

    Twizel has more than 190 family-friendly house rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

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