It wasn’t long ago that New Zealanders maligned the town of Twizel, just south of Lake Pukaki. The town was built in 1968 to service construction of the nearby hydroelectric power station, and was due to be abandoned in 1984 when the construction project was completed. Now the town’s residents are having the last laugh as new lakeside subdivisions have been built to take advantage of the area’s relaxed lakes-and-mountains lifestyle. Accommodation and eating options are better value in Twizel compared to Mt Cook, but you will be forgoing waking up right in the mountains.
The Twizel i-SITE is right in town, and there’s an ATM in the main shopping area. Note there’s no ATM at Mt Cook or Lake Tekapo. Self-drive travellers should also fill up with petrol in Twizel before heading to Mt Cook.
Twizel destination guides
Alps to Ocean Cycle
Spectacular cycling from Mt Cook towards the vibrant coastal town of Oamaru
Highlights of New Zealand
Two weeks is barely enough time to thoroughly explore your hometown, let alone a place as fascinating as New Zealand. For adventurers on a tight time-budget, this 15-day trip wraps up the must-dos of both islands with a nice little bow.