Twizel New Zealand
TWIZEL NEW ZEALAND
Travel and Tourism Information Twizel NZ
Twizel New Zealand
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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.
Twizel New Zealand
Twizel New Zealand
Twizel New Zealand
Twizel New Zealand
ABOUT 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.


WELCOME TO TWIZEL NEW ZEALAND
Twizel New Zealand is approximately 500 meters above sea level. Twizel is surrounded by mountain ranges and has a very distinct climate. Twizel NZ is accessible from Christchurch through Burke's Pass, from Queenstown through the Lindis Pass and from the East Coast through the Waitaki Valley.