Twizel River Trail
Stroll by the beautiful and peaceful Twizel River and find a shady spot to sit and relax or enjoy a picnic. The full Twizel River Trail is 24 kilometres return, but shorter sections are just as rewarding. The trail is easy for children and is baby buggy friendly.
Local tip: The Twizel River has some great swimming spots – on a hot day find the perfect swimming hole to cool off.
Market Place Shops & Restaurants
Enjoy the Market Place with its spacious pedestrian-only layout. There are excellent cafés, cool and quirky shops and large kakī (black stilt) bird public artworks.
Local tip: Twizel’s town centre has a playground conveniently located near several of the café and restaurants - making it easy for families to enjoy food and drinks outside while keeping an eye on the children.
Paddle Board or Kayak on Lake Ruataniwha
Looking for a new way to get out on the water? Try paddle-boarding on Lake Ruataniwha – a great way to be active and enjoy some stunning views!
Local tip: SUP-ing not your thing? Kayaks are available too if you prefer to tackle water sports sitting down.
Twizel Mini Golf
Play Twizel-themed miniature golf (complete with mini penstocks!) by the Musterers Hut Café. Each hole is named after the local high country stations and farms.
Local tip: While you’re there, check out the big machines just across the road – a reminder of the dam days when Twizel was a booming industrial centre.
Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail
Cycle a portion of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail. The section by Lake Pukaki is relatively easy and particularly beautiful for a day outing.
Local tip: Several local companies offer bike hire and shuttle services to support riders on a day trip on the A2O. They’ll take care of all the details – just show up and enjoy the ride!