Twizel Walks

Twizel is a popular base to explore the Mackenzie District. Twizel was built in the 1960's as a town to house power scheme workers involved with the Upper Waitaki Power Scheme. Today Twizel is the perfect recreational area with numerous scenic walks to enjoy.

Twizel Walkway

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Duration of walk: 2.5 hours
Start location: There are many entries and exits to this walk, a good suggested starting point is at the car park area on Glen Lyon Road.  From Glen Lyon Road there is river access, or you can walk left or right along the walkway.

Key Highlights:

  • The Twizel River and ‘Man Made Hill’
  • Good views of Aoraki Mt Cook from parts of the riverbank walkway along Glen Lyon Road

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Twizel River Trail

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Duration of walk: 5 hours
Start location: The Twizel river trail is located opposite Twizel township on the Eastern side of State Highway 8.  Look out for a pedestrian gate with a Department of Conservation sign.

Key Highlights:

  • Great views of the Mackenzie basin along the trail
  • Opportunities to stop and find picnic spots and swimming holes along the river 
  • Stunning views of Aoraki Mt Cook and near the end of the trail a viewpoint overlooking Lake Benmore

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Pukaki Flats

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Duration of walk: 2.5 hours
Start location: This walk starts 1 ½ km north of Twizel township off State Highway 8

Key Highlights:

  • On a fine day, expect stunning views to Ben Ohau Range and the Southern Alps
  • Native plant species found here include mat daisies, native broom, blue tussock and native daphne

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Ben Ohau Peak

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Duration of walk: 4 hours
Start location: Take the Glen Lyon Road from Twizel for approximately 23km.  This road travels around the eastern edge of Lake Ohau.  There is a car park at the road end with a DOC sign marking the start of the track.

Key Highlights:

  • Pass through a remnant mountain beech forest
  • Exceptional views across four lakes – Ohau, Pukaki, Benmore and Ruataniwha
  • Incredible vistas of surrounding mountain ranges

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