Activities

There are plenty of activities to keep you busy in the beautiful MacKenzie and Aoraki, Mt Cook Region.
Twizel was originally built as a construction town to build a Hydro Scheme, and it is a must to tour the spectacular blue lakes in the area. These lakes are very popular in the summer months for boating, water skiing, swimming and all water sports.
We are also home to the New Zealand Rowing Championships every second year, and the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Championships on the alternative year on Lake Ruataniwha.




  • Alps2Ocean Cycle Trail
    A great way for the whole family to enjoy the new cycle trail from Mount Cook to Oamaru

  • Helicopter and Ski Plane Flights
    Take one of these exciting trips of a lifetime to view and land on the Glaciers

  • Gliding at Omarama (30 minutes south of Twizel)

  • Heli-biking, Mountain Biking, and Cycling

  • Heli-hiking and Tramping/Trekking
    Check out the wonderfull scenic walks at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. The tracks are well marked and are suitable to most levels of fitness

  • Skiing and Snowboarding
    There are seven Ski-Fields within easy driving distance of Twizel
    Ohau Ski Field (approximately 40 minutes)
    Round Hill Ski Field (approximately 40 minutes)
    Dobson Ski Field (approximately 60 mintues)
    Cardrona and Treble Cone - Wanaka (approximately 1.5 hours)
    Coronet Peak and The Remarkables - Queenstown (approximately 2 hours)

  • Golf
    Twizel has a very well kept and friendly nine hole golf course which welcomes green fee players

  • Climbing
    Twizel has an International Standard Climbing Wall, as well as many great crags in the area

  • Public Library

  • The only breeding programme for the Kaki (Black Stilt), one of the rarest and most endangered birds, and you can view them

  • Salmon Farms
    There are three salmon farms within 20 minutes of Twizel, and at each of these farms you can catch your own or buy salmon

  • Visit the Lord of the Rings Palanor Fields and check out the Merino Sheep Farms