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Twizel and Surrounding Area 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

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

Walk level:
Walking track

Duration of walk:
2.5 hours. 

Start location:
here 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.

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Twizel River Trail

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/Mount Cook and near the end of the trail a viewpoint overlooking Lake Benmore.

Walk level:
Walking track

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.

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Pukaki Flats

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.

Walk level:
Walking track

Duration of walk:
2.5 hours.

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

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Ben Ohau Peak

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

Walk level:
Tramping track

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.

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Before you begin exploring the walks in the region make sure you know the New Zealand Department of Conservation Outdoor Safety Code.