Twizel /ˈtwaɪzəl/ (Māori: Ruataniwha) is the largest town in the Mackenzie District, in the Canterbury Region of New Zealand's South Island. The town was founded in 1968 to house construction workers on the Upper Waitaki Hydroelectric Scheme. Twizel has a resident population of 1,250 (June 2017); during the summer, holidaymakers nearly triple the town's population.
Restaurants in Twizel
4.5 based on 184 reviews
Located on the edge of Mt Cook National Park our shop is stocked with Freshwater King Salmon -raised in the cool glacial water of New Zealand's Southern Alps. We have a great selection of sashimi, fillets, hot smoked and whole salmon for you to enjoy, as well as a picnic area with the world famous view of Lake Pukaki and Mt Cook. Visit our shop for: - Sashimi - Fillets and whole Salmon - Hot Smoked Salmon - Picnic Area with view of Mt Cook Open 7 days a week
The Salmon shop is in the car park and looks like it took over from an old lake pukaki visitors centre. Their are toilets and beautiful views of the lake and Mountains. So the area gets a lot of passing traffic. We tried the salmon...MoreThanks for the review! Very glad you enjoyed our Freshwater King Salmon.
4.5 based on 50 reviews
Great picturesque lake and alpine scenery. Good accommodation either in the Ohau lodge or in the village or multiple huts on the lakeside. Great skiing a Ohau Ski field, tramping around the lake or in the Valleys. Boating and fishing. Lake Ohau is part of the Alps to Ocean bike trail.
4.5 based on 17 reviews
We cycled around thislake from Twizel. Lots of great walking and bike trails around the lake edge. The lake is a stunning shade of blue when the sun shines on it. Unfortunately the mountain views were obscured by low level cloud for both days we were in Twizel. It would have been more spectacular if we could have seen the Mountains.
5 based on 14 reviews
This distinctive accommodation is designed to maximise the extraordinary views of the Mackenzie Country both day and night, with a bedroom built predominantly of glass. This unique building comprises a glass-roofed bedroom, as well as a grass roofed kitchenette and bathroom and is located on a farm, within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.
My partner and I spent one night at SkyScape in August. It was really incredible, such a cleverly designed and interesting space. The outdoor bathtub was an amazing addition. I would highly highly recommend this place, such a special little house and surrounding countryside.Thanks Anna. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay at SkyScape.
5 based on 12 reviews
We did this tour in December enjoying all the views toMount Cook.
The tour is rather strenous as the walking distance is rather short and you go 1000 meters uphill.
The first section until Sealy Tarns has steps so it is easy going. From Sealy Tarns to Mueller Hut the track is full of stones and you have to be careful.
Mueller ridge is a nice hut where you can spend some time to watch the surrounding.
Overall a rather challenging track but an unforgettable experience.
4.5 based on 7 reviews
NZ Alpine Lavender is the largest organic lavender farm in the southern hemisphere. The farm and its surroundings are beautiful and you can visit our shop where we sell our award winning oils and other lavender based products. A great place to find unique and fine quality New Zealand made gifts.
What a wonderful idea. They have sown the fields with lavender making it very pleasing to the eye, not to mention the beautiful smells.
Well worth a stop and a walk amongst the fields. Entry is free
There is a shop there to bug goods, no pressure to buy
3.5 based on 6 reviews
We stop in this village on the way to Mt Cook. It is a nice and quiet place. Love it. We basically followed the path which was quite well indicated except for one bit that they were improving. Saw some animals. We stared at them and they stared at us. I guess its fair.
3.5 based on 6 reviews
The kaki/black stilt visitor hide is closed until further notice due to significant damage caused by heavy snow in 2015. Guided tour to see the world’s most endangered wading bird.Learn about the recovery programme. Late Oct-Apr: daily 9.30am & 4.30pm. Cost: adults $20, children $10. Families pay for first child only. Own transport required. Bookings essential at the local info centre or the MacKenzie Country Hotel. Find us on facebook.
We took a tour of the kaki/black stilt viewing hide in Twizel. The kaki is an endangered wading bird, so the tour is an overview of the bird and an opportunity to see the work that the Department of Conservation is doing for bird protection. After an introduction, we were brought into a secure area where we were able to see a couple of injured birds up close. After a video presentation and explanations from the docent, then we were brought into an area where we could see a number aviaries in the distance (with binoculars provided) to see the bird. To me, it's not a must see, even if you're in the area, but of interest, especially if you're interested in wildlife.
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