Central to all the attractions of the Aoraki Mt Cook Mackenzie region, with the Southern Alps as a backdrop, the alpine retreat of Twizel is close to five picturesque lakes, including a world-standard rowing course and Formula One class boating area at Lake Ruataniwha.
If fishing is your love and catching salmon, brown or 17kg (37.4lb) rainbow trout is what you dream of then don't go past any of Twizel's rivers, lakes or canals.
Twizel's terrain is ideal for skydiving, rock and mountain climbing. Unwind enjoying a round of golf, skiing or snowboarding in winter, relaxing in the cafes or take a trip to the fascinating Kaki/Black Stilt visitor hide.
Twizel is now a centre for tourism in the Aoraki Mount Cook Mackenzie District. It has a rich cultural community and is a favoured destination venue for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. With the community’s and Council's investment in the new Twizel Events Centre, group, sports and team building activities are superbly catered for with a 200 seat theatre, sports hall, an amazing climbing wall, gym, squash facilities and functions lounge.
Twizel has a rich but brief history linked to the development of the massive Waitaki Valley hydroelectric scheme. A display with information on this is a must-visit at the Twizel Events Centre and at the Lake Pukaki Visitor Centre.