10 Things To Do In Twizel, NZ

things to do in twizel nz
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Twizel and its surrounding areas boasting of potentially some of the most spectacular sights you can witness in the whole of New Zealand, which are guaranteed to make your trip worth it. A base for adrenaline junkies and adventure sports enthusiasts, Twizel has everything from mountain climbing, kayaking, mountain biking to skiing, horse trekking, and hiking to offer to its visitors. It is also popular among fishing enthusiasts for fishing salmon and trout. The town experiences a heavy footfall of visitors in the summer months with the population becoming more than threefold its usual. With so many tourists visiting this beautiful place, you can expect many accommodation options here including holiday homes.

Read on to find out about the best things to do in Twizel, NZ:

1. Buy the freshest and tastiest salmon ever at High Country Salmon

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

High Country Salmon is the place to go to in Twizel if you want to taste the best salmon in town. The farm is situated on the glacial waters of Wairepo Arm just south of the town of Twizel, which means it’s not only easy to reach but offers a great view of the Aoraki Mt. Cook and the scenic Lake Tekapo.

The place is more than just a farm, though, as it features a salmon shop and a café on-site, which means you’ll be able to sample some great salmon dishes here including grilled salmon with salsa verde, salmon fillet burger, smoked salmon bagel, and other tasty dishes.

High Country Salmon

Address: 2602 Twizel-Omarama Road, Twizel 7999, New Zealand

Website: High Country Salmon

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

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2. Enjoy fishing at Wairepo Arm

The Wairepo Arm Twizel NZ (10185109364)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Bernard Spragg. NZ used under CC0

If you ever want to go fishing in Twizel, you might want to check out the Wairepo Arm of the Oahu River. This scenic body of water is one of the top Twizel attractions and features a beautiful mirror-like quality of water that not only offers a relaxing ambiance but provides a healthy environment for a lot of popular game fish to thrive in. Some of the most popular angling targets here include different types of trout as well as the favorite salmon.

If you’re planning to fish at Wairepo Arm, make sure to visit the local government’s official website to know more about the best fishing time and, of course, the fishing regulations to follow.

Wairepo Arm

Address: Canterbury 7999, New Zealand

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3. Take your family on an amazing outdoor adventure at Twizel Holiday Park

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Looking to take your family on an outdoor adventure during your Twizel trip? Here’s a place that you might find interesting. Twizel Holiday Park offers a multitude of accommodation options including apartments, cabins, cottages, and powered campground sites for tents and mobile homes, providing you with plenty of options to suit your specific wants and needs.

The best thing about Twizel Holiday Park is definitely its location. It’s conveniently situated where you can easily get to pretty much everything there is to see in and around town including restaurants, shops, and attractions like mountains, lakes, and a whole lot of outdoor recreational activities.

Twizel Holiday Park

Address: 122 MacKenzie Drive, Twizel 7901, New Zealand

Website: Twizel Holiday Park

Opening hours: 9am - 8pm (daily)

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4. Experience great dining with a view at The Musterers Hut Cafe

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by The Musterers Hut Cafe and Gift Shop, Twizel on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Musterers Hut Café is a great dining spot that offers freshly made breakfast and lunch dishes. This popular dining establishment is kid and pet friendly and features a relaxing ambiance with a stunning view of the surrounding mountains. The place also serves a wide selection of tasty table fares including burgers, pan-fried salmon, omelets, waffles, sausages, bacon and eggs, and more.

The Musterers Hut Café is more than just a restaurant as it also features a gift shop, a playground, and an 18-hole mini-golf course. The shop is the place where you can get a variety of knick-knacks made by local artisans.

The Musterers Hut Café

Address: 20 Ruataniwha Road, Twizel 7901, New Zealand

Website: The Musterers Hut Café

Opening hours: 8am - 3pm (daily)

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5. Fly over New Zealand's largest glaciers in a scenic helicopter ride

Get lost in the beauty of New Zealand, viewing the spectacular island from 10,000 ft (3,048 metres) in all its glory. The tours allow you to fly over the Tasman, Franz Josef, and Fox Glaciers, which are the largest glaciers in the whole of New Zealand and Mt Cook, making for one among the most exhilarating experiences of your life. There are a number of operators offering such tours, with different packages.

Helicopter Tour with Glacier Flights

Contact : 0800 733 228

Website for Bookings: Glacier Flights

Helicopter Tour with Glaciers

Contact Number : 0800 800 732

Website for Bookings: Glacier Helicopters

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6. Visit the largest organic lavender farm in the Southern Hemisphere

Posted by NZ Alpine Lavender on Friday, 4 December 2015

If you’re thinking about what to do in Twizel, you can explore the varieties of lavender grown at the New Zealand Alpine Lavender farm. The 8.3 hectare (20.5 acre) farm houses three primary varieties – Pacific blue, violet intrigue, and the Avice Hill – all beautiful, distinctive, and possessing a unique fragrance. They also have an on-site shop where they sell their award winning oils and other lavender-based products such as chocolate, soap, skin care products, and lavender soft toys like Lucy Lamb and Bennie Bear. They also have ice creams in lavender flavour.

NZ Alpine Lavender Farm

Address: 657 Mount Cook Road, Ben Ohau, Twizel, South Canterbury

Opening times : 10 am to 5 pm

Contact Number: +64 27 268 1546

Website: NZ Alpine Lavender Farm

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7. Take the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail and witness some breathtaking views

Posted by Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail on Thursday, 3 March 2016

A popular activity, which has made it to the list of the Worlds Top 16 Places To Go, 2016, the trail extends for upwards of 300 kilometres (190 miles) from Mount Cook to Oamaru on the Pacific Ocean. On the trail, cyclists get the chance to experience some of the most spectacular landscapes that New Zealand has to offer. The trail is a mix of on-road and off-road and is of an easy to intermediate level (Grades 2-3). It is divided into eight sections and the full trail takes roughly about 6 to 8 days, but the multiple access points make it easy to tailor it according to the time available and the intensity preferred by the cyclist.

You can choose between the Relaxed (8 day), Classic (6 Day), and Fast (4 day) rides. They have also partnered with a number of businesses that help hire equipment for the tour and provide accommodation at various access points at various sections of the tour.

Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail

Contact Number : +64 27 702 1213

Website: Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail

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8. Go kayaking across Lake Pukaki

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Source: Photo by user Oren Rozen used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Enjoy a kayak safari on the beautiful blue waters of Lake Pukaki and take in the beauty of Mt Cook while you’re at it. Tour operators start from the Alpine Lavender field and take you through the marvellous-looking rolling pastures and the forest areas to their own private beach with a sheltered bay, allowing you some time to unwind and explore the place at leisure.

Kayaking across Lake Pukaki with Pukaki Adventures

Address: 397 Mount Cook Rd, Ben Ohau 7999, New Zealand

Fee : Adult 25 to 70 USD ( 34.41 to 96.34 NZD), Child 15 to 40 USD (20.64 to 55 NZD)

Website: Pukaki Adventures

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9. Get up close with the rare Kaki/Black Stilt at the Visitor Hide

Posted by Kakī Recovery Programme on Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Kakī or black stilts are the world’s rarest wading bird and are unique to New Zealand. They are very distinctive and have a completely black plumage with long red legs. The Visitor Hide makes for one of the best spots to witness the bird up close. You can get glimpses of the bird on a guided tour and learn about its habitat, ecology, nature, and about the intensive conservation programmes. The tours last about an hour and can be booked from two sources.

Guided Kaki/ Black Stilt Tour at Visitor Hide

Address: Twizel Area Office, Twizel 7944, New Zealand

Days Open : from end-October to mid-April only

Timings : 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Fee: USD 20 per adult (27.53 NZD) and USD 10 (13.76 NZD) per first child (with all others free)

Bookings at: Twizel Information Centre, Marketplace (info@twizel.info or call +64 3 4353 124)

Bookings at : Mackenzie Country Inn, Ostler Road (reservations@mackenzie.co.nz or call 0800 500 869)

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10. Venture into fantasy land with the Lord of the Rings tour (from USD 92.0)

things to do in twizel nz | venture into fantasy land with the lord of the rings tour
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Posted by Lord of the Rings Tours | Twizel, New Zealand on Thursday, 20 October 2016

A two and a half hour tour, it will take you through parts of the set where the movie was shot and you’ll also learn more about movie making, setting up stunts, visual effects, and the likes. The tour covers all the locations for major scenes filmed in and around Twizel for the movie.

With small groups of only 9 people at a time, it gives you a more informative and personal experience. Included in the tour is a scrumptious picnic breakfast in the beautiful Pelennor fields.The tour operator also offers a hotel pick up and drop if requested and can accommodate any dietary requirements for breakfast if informed beforehand.

You can choose among the regular tours: The “Two Hour Lord of the Rings Tour” is suitable for those who are fans of the movie or those who would like to learn more about film making, while the “One Hour Lord of the Rings Tour” is for those who have only limited time or are just curious about what the Lord Of The Rings is all about. The newly introduced “Twilight Lord of the Rings Tour” could also be explored by those who fall into the second category. For larger groups, special tours are arranged on request

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Pelennor Fields 'Lord of the Rings' dSet Tour with Breakfast

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Done exploring? Treat yourself to a rejuvenating experience!

Once you’re done exploring the beautiful town, head over to the Hot Tubs Omarama, choose between a cold tub and a hot tub, and unwind in the midst of stunning scenery at the Mackenzie Basin. You could also add in a massage and sauna experience.

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Frequently asked questions about the best things to do in Twizel, NZ

  • Which are the best attractions to visit in Twizel?

    As most of you may know, New Zealand is a beautiful country blessed with so many natural attractions and the town of Twizel is loaded with them. Be sure to visit NZ Alpine Lavender Farm, Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail, Mount Cook National Park, and Southern Alps Mountain Range.

  • Which are the best activities in Twizel?

    For a place that’s truly blessed with natural beauty, most of the best activities to be enjoyed here include a variety of outdoor recreational activities like exploring NZ Alpine Lavender Farm, cycling the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail, kayaking across Lake Pukaki, fishing at Wairepo Arm, and more.

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