Located in the heart of New
Zealand’s South Island, the town of Twizel, at a distance of 68km, is the
closest town to
Aoraki/Mt Cook - the highest mountain in Australasia.
in 1968 and with a permanent population of 1200, Twizel has the location and
infrastructure to satisfy all visitors, whether they be from New Zealand or
Twizel was constructed as the base for the Upper Waitaki Power Development.
This scheme was the largest hydro project ever undertaken in New Zealand,
started in 1968 and completed 18 years later.
Twizel is situated in the
Mackenzie Country in the centre of the South Island of New Zealand and 30
minutes drive from Ohau skifield.
Twizel, the closest town to Aoraki Mount Cook, has a myriad of
Lakes including Lake Ruataniwha, Lake Pukaki, Lake Ohau, Lake Benmore, Lake
Aviemore, and Lake Waitaki.
Twizel is a fly fishing paradise with rivers, lakes and miles of
canals brimming with the worlds largest Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and
Twizel is serviced by regular daily
bus and coach services to and from
There are no passenger train services from Twizel to Christchurch, Mt Cook,
Dunedin, Timaru, Oamaru, Invercargill or Queenstown.