Twizel New Zealand
TWIZEL NEW ZEALAND
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Twizel New Zealand travel and tourism information including Aoraki Mount Cook New Zealand. Twizel New Zealand is an alpine village situated in the Mackenzie District in the South Island of New Zealand. Twizel is the closest town to Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier. Twizel is a fly fishing paradise with its many lakes and rivers brimming with world record trout and salmon. Lake Pukaki, Lake Ohau, Lake Benmore the Ahuriri River and the Tekapo River are all nearby. Twizel is a service and tourist town in the Mackenzie Basin with a population of approximately 1200 people
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EMERGENCY SERVICES
Fire Police Ambulance
HIGH COUNTRY MEDICAL CENTRE
37 Tasman Road, Twizel
Phone: 03 435 0777
MACKENZIEPHARMACY
6/7 Market Place, Twizel
Phone: 03 435 0883

LOCAL POLICE
23 Tasman Road, Twizel
Phone: 03 435 0719
TWIZEL NEW ZEALAND
Sited on land that was once part of Ruataniwha Station, 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's layout is based on a Scandinavian concept first used in New Zealand at Mangakino and modified at Otematata - base for the Benmore and Aviemore power projects in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

24km of streets were laid in a radial pattern from a central ring road - Mackenzie Drive. Shopping and sporting facilities are centrally located with green areas linking streets to provide safe pedestrian ways to the town centre. Twizel was designed for a peak population of 5,800 and there were 1300 sections occupied in 1977. Almost all facilities and services that supported the town at the peak of the power project remain, with others, such as the redevelopment of Market Place and installation of solar heating at the swimming pool , have been added since.

Today Twizel is a service and tourist town in the Mackenzie Basin with a residential population of approximately 1200 people. Popular as a holiday town, in summer the population more than trebles.

Maori TV
Box Office
RADIO TWIZEL 95.8 MHz
Radio Twizel is a Charitable Trust maintained by volunteers in the Twizel, New Zealand. Our music is mostly music from the golden era of country and western or rock & roll and old time classics.
Phone (03) 435 0200
Twizel New Zealand
ALPS 2 OCEAN CYCLEWAY
The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail 301km from Mt Cook our highest mountain, to the ocean at Oamaru. Allow 4-6 days for the entire ride, or simply try a day excursion. Whichever option you choose, the A2O Cycle Trail is sure to be a memorable experience.
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OVERNIGHT CAMPING IN TWIZEL
With some exceptions Council allows independent overnight camping within its District. Download "Camping on Roadways & Reserves Bylaw"..
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SOUTH ISLAND HIGHWAY INFORMATION
Check for delays, detours and closures, and general travel warnings that may apply. Please note, we only publish notable incidents, roadworks, public events etc that may disrupt state highway traffic or require caution.
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TWIZEL WEBCAM
This camera is hilltop mounted above Twizel, New Zealand. The webcam images provide panoramic views of Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki.
This camera is mounted on a mountain ridge line and is susceptable to high winds. During high winds the camera will shake and the images may blur.
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TODAYS CROSSWORD PUZZLE
How do you want to play our free crossword puzzles? There are 7 different puzzles to choose from, daily. That's right, 7 free daily crossword puzzles! On top of that, you can choose to play them online on our website, or use the printable versions and solve them comfortably on your couch, with the old pencil and rubber eraser.
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Twizel New Zealand is approximately 500 meters above sea level. Twizel is surrounded by mountain ranges it has a very distinct climate. Twizel is accessible from Christchurch through Burke's Pass, from Queenstown through the Lindis Pass and from the East Coast through the Waitaki Valley. Take a scenic flight from Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook with views over the Southern Alps. Mountain climbing is a major attraction here, with the challenge of Mt Cook. Many ski options are available, including heli-skiing and ski touring.