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A Gateway to Adventure in the Heart of the Mackenzie Basin



Stunning Natural Landscapes

Twizel is surrounded by some of the most stunning natural landscapes in New Zealand, with towering mountains, turquoise lakes, and vast expanses of tussock grassland. Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is just a short drive away and offers breathtaking views of New Zealand's highest peak, as well as hiking trails, glaciers, and alpine meadows. The Lake Pukaki is another must-see attraction, with its vibrant blue waters and stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps. The Lake Ruataniwha is a popular spot for water sports and fishing, while the Ben Ohau Range offers

Outdoor Adventures and Activities

Twizel is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with a range of adventures and activities available throughout the year. In the winter, the town is a popular base for skiing and snowboarding at the nearby Ohau Snow Fields, while in the summer, visitors can enjoy hiking, cycling, and water sports on the region's many lakes and rivers. The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail passes through Twizel and offers a scenic and challenging ride from the mountains to the sea. The Twizel River is a popular spot for fishing, with brown and rainbow trout, as well as salmon, available in the clear, fast-flowing waters.

Unique History and Culture

Twizel has a unique history and culture that is closely tied to the development of New Zealand's hydroelectric power industry. The town was originally built in the 1960s to house workers constructing the Upper Waitaki Hydroelectric Scheme, which includes several large dams and power stations in the area. Today, visitors can learn about this history at the Twizel Information Centre, which features exhibits on the town's development and the engineering feats of the hydroelectric scheme. The town also has a thriving arts and crafts scene, with several galleries and studios showcasing the work of local artists and artisans.

Stargazing and Dark Sky Tourism

Twizel is located in the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, which was established in 2012 to protect the region's exceptional night skies from light pollution. The reserve is the largest of its kind in the world and offers some of the best stargazing opportunities in New Zealand. Visitors can take a guided stargazing tour with a local operator, or simply step outside on a clear night and marvel at the incredible display of stars and galaxies overhead. The Mount John Observatory is located nearby and offers a range of educational programs and public viewing sessions.

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