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Twizel - 1 Bedroom Apartment on Mackenzie
1 bedroom apartment located on Mackenzie Drive. One bedroom with queen bed, open plan living, kitchen & dining area with sliding doors opening onto the patio. The kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher, stove, cooktop, microwave, fridge-freezer & cooking utensils. There is a laundry cupboard with a washing machine. The house is heated with a heat pump, making this place cosy in winter & cool in the summer. Centrally located only 5 minutes walk to town. Sky TV is available.
$89 per night
Cottage in Twizel
Arches Cottage. Free Hot tub No service fee.
Hot tub to use for your stay. We are set on a lifestyle block, Our cottage is the perfect place to stay for biking fishing hiking and star gazing. We are close to town 5 min drive to shops restaurants and the town center or a nice 20 min walk. Mt Cook is only 50 min drive away with hiking tracks hooker valley and Tasman all just up the road . Lake Pukaki is only 15 min drive away. Tekapo is 40 mins drive. Cyclists we have space in the garage to lock your bikes away. .
$128 per night
Guest suite in Twizel
OUTDOOR BATH CleverCube,Amazing Alpine Studio Uni
Welcome to our brand new “Clever Cube” an amazing alpine studio unit with a private outdoor bath. When we aren’t hosting guests, Clever Cube is a showroom for the technology we have used. It may be clever but it’s also comfortable and private, with an incredible mountain view. “Clever Cube” is a high end studio unit with tea and coffee making facilities This is the perfect place to recharge after a busy day in the Mackenzie.
$107 per night

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 & Bar36 locals recommend
HYDRO Cafe36 locals recommend

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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.

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