Things to Do in Twizel

Twizel is situated in Canterbury and the West Coast of New Zealand and is the nearest town to Aoraki Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand. Here are a list of activities and attractions in and around Twizel.

Mount Cook National Park

Twizel is the nearest town outside the Mount Cook National Park, an alpine park that is part of the South Westland World Heritage area. Over a third of the park is permanent snow and glacier ice. It has the world’s longest ski run, down the Tasman Glacier and Hooker Glacier. There are alpine walks you can do in the park including Hooker Valley Track that takes 3 hours and Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier view which is a 40 minutes return. The Park has the highest mountain in New Zealand, Mount Cook and is a popular tourist attraction.

Mackenzie Country

A natural habitat region of grass hill country, extending to the base of the Southern Alps. The region offers many peaceful lakes and rivers where you can enjoy excellent trout fishing. Geraldine is a small farming town nearby which is a popular stopping point for travellers on their way to Mackenzie County.

Kaka Visitor Hide

One of Twizel most central attractions is the Kaka Visitor Hide. The Kaki or black stilt is one of the rarest wading birds in the world, and the species has been subject to intensive conservation management since 1981. It is look upon by Maori as a taonga species – a living treasure. Visitors can take turns to view captive breeding birds from specially designed places.

Lake Benmore

A 75-sq km hydroelectric dam that has become a favourite boating destination. It is the largest man-made lake in New Zealand.

Twizel Information Centre

For more information and maps it’s a good idea to stop by the Twizel Information Centre located at the Twizel Events Centre. They can be contacted on (03) 435 3124.

Market Place

There is lots happening at the Market Place in Market lace Street, Twizel. There are fine restaurants, cafe, shopping centre and a supermarket.

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