Twizel is an ‘alpine’ town that has its history tied up with electricity development. Twizel is aver young town and has benefited immensely from an economic perspective by Mount Cook and being on the main drag to Queenstown.

Twizel was built in 1968 as a green fields project to service the Upper Waitaki Hydroelectricity Scheme and was intended to be removed once the project had been completed. However, in 1983 its residents successfully fought to save the town.

The area boasts one of the world's cleanest, driest and darkest skies, and has long drawn astronomers to Twizel and the surrounding area.

So Twizel has a young hotel and church and not surprisingly for a young town without real tradition a War Memorial that is unfitting, neglected and understandably unappreciated.

Travelers will pass through Twizel and there is at least the chance of a drink or coffee and to consider a number of adventure tourism options.



Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course