Twizel New Zealand
Travel and Tourism Information Twizel NZ
Twizel New Zealand
Official travel and tourism information for Aoraki Mt Cook and Twizel New Zealand. Twizel is approximately 500 meters above sea level. Surrounded by mountain ranges it has a very distinct climate. Twizel is accessible from Christchurch through Burke's Pass, from Queenstown through the Lindis Pass and from the East Coast through the Waitaki Valley. Take a scenic flight from Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook with views over the Southern Alps. Mountain climbing is a major attraction here, with the challenge of Mt Cook. Many ski options are available, including heli-skiing and ski touring.

Twizel New Zealand

Twizel New Zealand

Sited on land that was once part of Ruataniwha Station, Twizel was constructed as the base for the Upper Waitaki Power Development. This scheme was the largest hydro project ever undertaken in New Zealand , started in 1968 and completed 18 years later.
Twizel's layout is based on a Scandinavian concept first used in New Zealand at Mangakino and modified at Otematata - base for the Benmore and Aviemore power projects in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

24km of streets were laid in a radial pattern from a central ring road - Mackenzie Drive. Shopping and sporting facilities are centrally located with green areas linking streets to provide safe pedestrian ways to the town centre. Twizel was designed for a peak population of 5,800 and there were 1300 sections occupied in 1977. Almost all facilities and services that supported the town at the peak of the power project remain, with others, such as the redevelopment of Market Place and installation of solar heating at the swimming pool , have been added since.

Today Twizel is a service and tourist town in the Mackenzie Basin with a residential population of approximately 1200 people. Popular as a holiday town, in summer the population more than trebles.

Telephone 111
Fire Police Ambulance
High Country Medical Centre
37 Tasman Road, Twizel
Phone: 03 435 0777
Mackenzie Pharmacy
6/7 Market Place, Twizel
Phone: 03 435 0883
Local Police
23 Tasman Road, Twizel
Phone: 03 435 0719