Twizel New Zealand
TWIZEL NEW ZEALAND
Travel and Tourism Information Twizel NZ
Twizel New Zealand travel and tourism information for Twizel and Aoraki Mount Cook. Twizel NZ is an alpine village situated in the Mackenzie District in the South Island of New Zealand. Twizel is the closest town to Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier and setting for many scenes from Lord of the Rings and many other movies. Twizel is a fly fishing paradise with its many lakes and rivers brimming with world record trout and salmon.
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ACTIVITIES IN TWIZEL NEW ZEALAND
AHURIRI CONSERVATION PARK
Access to the park is via Birchwood Road which leaves SH 8 about 17 km west of Omarama township. Birchwood Road runs for 21 km up to the park boundary, after which it is 4WD only for a further 10 km to the road end. River valleys and wetlands in the park are outstanding habitat for many species including the endangered black stilt/kaki, black-fronted tern/tarapirohe, and wrybill/ngutu-pare.
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BEN OHAU GOLF CLUB
Twizel golfers play along tree lined fairways where once neither grass or trees existed. The Twizel 9 hole layup is set up for an 18 hole card over 5,345 metresPlayers welcome. Turn from State Highway 8 at Twizel Township signs and follow signs to golf course.
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FRISBEE GOLF
The Twizel Frisbee Golf course starts beside the old earthmoving machines on Wairepo Road. It is free to use and open to the public. Play against the locals, Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 5pm. Frisbees and course infor-mation/score cards can be purchased from the Twizel Information Centre.
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HARD LABOUR WEEKEND
The Twizel Hard Labour Weekend had its background back in 1985 when a half marathon was started as a fundraiser for kids sport. It has morphed through a number of different events at different sites to what we have today - three events (mountain bike, kayak and off-road run) over two days. Competitors can enter individual events or for the really keen, complete all three events and become a Hard Labourer.
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HELI BIKE
At Helibike, we offer Heli-bike Mountain Bike Tours and Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Adventures in the beautiful scenery around Twizel, Aoraki/Mount Cook and Lake Ohau, New Zealand. Our trips are selected specifically to help riders of all abilities enjoy our stunning back country scenery. With bright turquoise glacial fed lakes and snow-capped mountains all year long, this region near Aoraki/Mount Cook is one of the most visually stunning mountain regions in New Zealand.
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HIGH COUNTRY SALMON
Floating on the glacial waters of Wairepo Arm, High Country Salmon is ideally situated on State Highway 8 just south of the town of Twizel.
We offer visitors the opportunity to purchase salmon, feed the fish, relax and take in the beautiful scenery. Our friendly team is happy to answer questions and help you select from our range. Visit our café/shop today for your salmon fix and enjoy a coffee and a hot pie, quiche or chowder while you are here!
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HUNTING IN TWIZEL NZ
The Twizel hunting blocks are well known for their thar hunting potential. Chamois, wallabies, pigs and red deer are also found in the area. The terrain ranges from steep rock and scree slopes, glaciers, braided rivers, beech forest and open tussock country with over 220,000 hectares of public conservation land.
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PUKAKI ADVENTURES
Treat yourself to an incredible kayak experience on Lake Pukaki, The journey starts at our base at the beautiful NZ Alpine Lavender field. From there we will take you on a 4x4 journey through rolling pastures and forest to our private beach and sheltered bay. Kick back on the beach, swim out to the pontoon and explore our sheltered bay at your leisure by kayak or stand up paddle board
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LORD OF THE RINGS TOUR
Discover the film location of Gondor, from Tolkein's Lord of the Rings. All our scheduled tours have a maximum of only 9 people and, with only a short traveling time to the location, you get an informative, personal and fun LOTR experience. We operate 3 regular tours: For the Lord of the Rings fan or for those who would like to learn more about film making we recommend our two hour Lord of the Rings tour.
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RED CAT BIPLANE FLIGHTS
Aviation Adventures operate the only two-passenger-seat open-cockpit biplane over New Zealand's most spectactular scenery - Mt Cook and the glaciers! This means you can share the fun and adventure with a family member, friend or partner. The Team includes some of the most skilled pilots in the business.
We are dedicated to giving you an enjoyable experience and providing quality service.
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THE JOLLIE BIKER
There is nothing more nostalgic then getting on a bicycle and pedaling through scene after scene of beauty and wonder… we have all that and more waiting for you at The Jollie Biker. We love to provide people with unforgettable cycle trail experiences through the beautiful South Island on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. We specialise in the scenic trails of the Mackenzie High Country between Twizel, Lake Pukaki, Lake Ohau and Omarama.

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TWIZEL WALKS
Twizel is a popular base to explore the Mackenzie District. Twizel was built in the 1960's as a town to house power scheme workers involved with the Upper Waitaki Power Scheme. Today Twizel is the perfect recreational area with numerous scenic walks to enjoy.
Twizel is approximately 500 meters above sea level. Surrounded by mountain ranges it has a very distinct climate.
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Guided Kaki/Black Stilt Tour - Black stilts are the rarest wading bird in the world. Tours at 9.30am and 4.30pm daily.

Walking - There is a wide variety of walking trails, including the ‘round the town’ loop. Ask for suggested routes at Twizel In-formation Centre.

Mini golf: - The Musterer’s Hut Café, Ruataniwha Road, Twizel.

Tennis - Local tennis courts located behind Twizel swimming pool. Free of charge. BYO rackets and balls.

Squash - There are two squash courts in the Twizel Events Centre. Book and pay at Twizel Information Centre. BYO rackets and ball.

Climbing Wall - The Twizel indoor climbing wall is open Thursday nights from 7-9pm. Located in the Twizel Events Centre. Harness supplied. Private sessions by arrange-ment. Call Twizel Information Centre 03 4353 124

Op Shop - The Twizel Op Shop located beside the church on Mackenzie Drive.

Twizel New Zealand is approximately 500 meters above sea level. Twizel is 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.