TWIZEL - the town of trees
Twizel has a population of approximately 1200 people. It is a quaint and quiet township and the residents all make you feel very welcome. Twizel is situated in the Mackenzie Basin in the middle of the South Island of New Zealand, 63 km south of Mt Cook (45 minute drive), 270 km from Christchurch (an easy 4 hour drive) and 210 km from Queenstown (an easy 3 hour drive).
Twizel is also known as "the town of trees". Millions of trees were planted in riverbeds and in the areas that were restored after the hydro construction. Twizel is the focus of that work with more than 250,000 trees planted just in the greenbelt.
Local lakes of interest include Ruataniwha, Benmore, Ohau, Pukaki and Tekapo are five minutes to an hours drive from Twizel.
For information on local tramping and walking tracks please refer to our “links”.