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Home · Twizel
Aoraki Mt Cook Alpine Bach - FREE WIFI
This newly renovated home in Twizel is the perfect Bach stay to explore Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, UNSECO International Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. The modern kitchen & bathroom (with 2 toilets) make it a great place for families to relax and make the most of everything on offer in the Mackenzie. Less than an hour to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park & internationally renowned salmon and trout fishing on your door step. You'll love your experience at Aoraki Mt Cook Alpine Bach.
May 28 – Jun 4
$102 per night
Cottage · Twizel
Kowhai Cottages - Comfort, Rustic Charm, Hot Tub
Come and experience the stunning Mackenzie High Country and treat yourself with a relaxing stay at our cosy , high-quality cottage. It is designed to bring the feel of the surrounding landscape right inside - with natural colours and materials. Enjoy and soak up the stunning night sky from inside our brand new outside bath or admire the millions of sparkly stars through a large ceiling window in the master bedroom at night.
Apr 23 – 30
$109 per night
Guesthouse · Twizel
Cosy Accommodation
Brand new unit with ensuite. Your stay will be private as the house beside the unit is our holiday residence and won't be occupied. There is a toaster, kettle, microwave, small fridge, cutlery and crockery provided. The bathroom has a shower, toilet and basin. Linen is provided alone with 2 towels, 2 faceclothes and a hand towel. There is off street parking and it is about a 10 min walk into the township or to the river.
Feb 7 – 14
$58 per night

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Poppies Cafe11 locals recommend
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Four Square Mackenzie5 locals recommend
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Top Hut Bar & Bistro5 locals recommend
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Ministry of Works Bar & Eatery4 locals recommend
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Shawtys Cafe Restaurant & Bar11 locals recommend
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HYDRO Cafe8 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Twizel

Vacation home · Twizel
Blue Cottage - Twizel, very private close to town.
Mar 20 – 27
$79 per night
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Modern Budget Backpackers Cottage - Unit 5
Dec 15 – 22
$57 per night
Plane · Pukaki
Apollo 11 space ship with view of mt cook.
Apr 23 – 30
$96 per night
Cottage · Twizel
Peaceful getaway with wood-fired hot tub
Apr 16 – 23
$225 per night
Farm stay · Twizel
Farmstay: Shepherd’s Hut & outdoor bath & animals
Mar 14 – 21
$111 per night
Bungalow · Twizel
Totara Cottage - Free WiFi
Mar 19 – 26
$74 per night
Home · Twizel
Star Gaze on Rhoboro Rd, 4 bed, 2 bath, Fabulous!
Jan 31 – Feb 7
$118 per night
Guesthouse · Twizel
Hallewell Haven
May 9 – 16
$45 per night
Cottage · Twizel
Arches Cottage. Free Hot tub No service fee.
Mar 1 – 8
$112 per night
Townhouse · Twizel
Ohau Dreaming
Jun 16 – 23
$132 per night
Home · Twizel
How's The Serenity Spa pool & Wifi
Jul 28 – Aug 4
$112 per night
Home · Twizel
Relax On Glencairn Unlimited Wi-fi
Oct 30 – Nov 6
$87 per night

Your guide to Twizel

All About Twizel

In the Mackenzie District of the Canterbury Region of the South Island, Twizel is a small town enveloped by wilderness, making it a convenient base for outdoor adventures. The surrounding wild landscape includes the Mount Cook National Park and Mackenzie Basin, where the dramatic and stark scenery lends itself to mountain climbing, mountain biking, and skiing in the nearby peaks. At ground level, you can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, and cycling year-round.

The 5.5-mile Twizel Walkway is a popular path that circles the community and takes you along the Twizel River, with various entry and exit points. For a longer trek, a signpost outside the town marks the 15-mile Twizel River Trail offering magnificent views of the Mackenzie Basin, Aoraki Mount Cook, and Lake Benmore, with picnic stops and swimming holes along the way. Thrill-seekers can take a flight over the nearby mountains in a biplane or book a skydive to get an adrenaline hit with a birds-eye view.

Lakes Ōhau, Omarama, and Tekapo are within a 45-minute drive of the town, and all are rich in wildlife and varied terrain. The kakī/black stilt bird is one of the world’s rarest, and the local conservation facility is dedicated to protecting them. Anglers flock to the area to try their luck with the trout and salmon, which inhabit the local lakes and rivers. Those who’d prefer seafood without the wait can pop into a local fish farm and buy a ready smoked salmon or try the local eateries. The town’s cozy pubs and cafes are fitting spots to refuel after a day of exploring.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Twizel?

Twizel enjoys hot, dry summers and cold, frosty winters. Those seeking a sunny summer adventure should visit between December and February, while those who’d prefer a snowy wonderland should book their Twizel accommodation for June or July. For an unusual water-based activity, you may want to time your visit for March on an even year, when a regatta brings more than 2,000 rowers to Lake Ruataniwha near Twizel.

What are the top things to do in Twizel?

Alps 2 Ocean

The Alps 2 Ocean (or A2O) cycle trail is one of the most remarkable in the country, starting at the southern alps, heading through Twizel, and finishing at Oamaru by the Pacific Ocean. The entire route is over 190 miles and can take around nine days. You can, of course, ride as much of the trail as you’d like — no matter how long you ride, the trail offers some incredible South Island scenery.

Glacier Flight

For an incomparable view of the New Zealand Glaciers, consider taking a flight from Twizel Airport. Several operators run private excursions, taking in the nearby Glenmary Glacier, Tasman Glacier, and the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. The classic planes come fully equipped with leather flying jackets, goggles, and warm blankets. And of course, a pilot to show you all the sights.


Twizel and the surrounding Mackenzie region have been declared one of only 16 “dark sky reserves” in the world. Almost completely free from light pollution, the area is considered one of the best stargazing spots on earth. Novice astronomers can join a group or workshop to learn how to identify constellations. There are also photography courses for those who’d like to learn how to capture the skies.

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