Located in centre of the South Island, Twizel is part of the Mackenzie Basin. As the closest town to Mt Cook and the Tasman Glaciers, Twizel is a great place to view these beautiful attractions.
Explore the numerous rivers and lakes of the area including Ahuriri River, Lake Ruataniwha, Lake Ohau, Lake Tekapo, and Lake Waitaki perfect for world class fly fishing for trout and salmon. In the winter, the snowy peaks of the Southern Alps are home to some great ski fields such as Ohau, Mt Dobson, and Round Hill. Enjoy the high country of the Mackenzie Basin in Twizel with many protected areas and reserves with great trails for trekking.
Mainstay Hotels in Twizel
The MacKenzie Country Hotel is located in the town of Twizel which is in the very heart of the iconic MacKenzie Basin, surrounded by both man-made and natural lakes and waterways. Twizel is a 30 minutes' drive to Mount Cook Aoraki National Park and 3 hours' drive from Christchurch or 2 hours' drive from Queenstown. Twizel is also in the centre of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Way and in the heart of the Mackenzie Dark Sky reserve. The Mackenzie Basin was a filming location for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies with its rugged natural landscape. The Hotel offers 108 spacious guestrooms, including 80 standard rooms and 28 deluxe rooms, all offer shower over bath ensuites, surrounded by expansive lawns for relaxing in summer and open fires in the winter with views of the Ben Ohau Ranges. Enjoy a meal in the Licensed restaurant and bar, offering hearty meals from either Buffet or a la carte menus accompanied by a selection of New Zealand wines. We are central to Lakes, rivers, skifields and mountain bike trails. Come and relax with us.