The town of Twizel is located in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island, within the Mackenzie Basin and just 68km from Aoraki Mt Cook, the highest mountain in Australasia. The town was established in 1968 and was never intended to be a permanent township.
Today the town has a permanent population of 1200, which triples during the summer months. Visitors come to enjoy the spectacular scenery, with an abundance of lakes and rivers to explore and of course the alpine playgrounds of Ohau and Mt Cook, which are under an hour’s drive away.
Nearby Lake Ruataniwha hosts sailing, water skiing and well known rowing events, such as the Maadi Cup. Astronomers are also drawn to the night skies in and around Twizel, which are consistently clear and free from light pollution.
For your stay in Twizel, you may want a hotel, apartment, bed and breakfast, hostel, camp site, campervan, farmstay, homestay, lodge, motel, holiday park or even a vineyard – simply select your chosen accommodation to view more details.
Small is beautiful in the case of the Mackenzie Units in Twizel. With wonderful views of the mountains and welcoming, helpful owners on site to ensure that everything is just right for your stay, these two sunny self-contained two-bedroom units get great reviews. Modern, comfortable, well equipped and spacious, these apartments are a great place to stay to explore Twizel, the closest town to Aoraki Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier, as well as the extensive Mackenzie Basin.
The Mackenzie Units are just a five-minute walk from the attractive township of Twizel which is bustling in summer, and a short drive from the amazing turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo. Visitors will not want to leave without a trip to the highest peak in New Zealand, Aoraki Mt Cook (a 40 to 45 minute drive away). The Mackenzie Units are also handy for Lake Ohau and Roundhill Skifields which are also just 45 minutes away by car.
The Twizel area is famous for its lakes - Lake Ruataniwha, venue of the world rowing championships, Lake Pukaki, Lake Ohau, Lake Benmore, Lake Tekapo, Lake Aviemore and Lake Waitaki. There are three salmon farms in the area and it is a paradise for anglers offering a variety of fishing opportunities from creeks, gentle streams and canals to larger rivers and lakes, all well-stocked with prime rainbow and brown trout - and with the world famous Southern Alps as a backdrop. 4WD tours are also available plus scenic flights from Pukaki Airport over Mountt Cook and the Glaciers. Nature-lovers will enjoy an outing to see the rarest wading birds in the world at the Black Stilt Colony just outside Twizel.
126 Mackenzie Drive Twizel
Mount Cook 7901
Tel: +64(0)3 435 0538