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Twizel – Gateway to Mount Cook
Twizel is an alpine village situated in the Mackenzie District in the South Island of New Zealand. Twizel is the closest town to Aoraki/ Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier. Twizel is a fly fishing paradise with its many lakes and rivers brimming with world record trout and salmon. Lake Pukaki, Lake Ohau, Lake Benmore the Ahuriri River and the Tekapo River are all nearby.

Its varied waterways provide a boating and fishing paradise, and nearby World Heritage listed Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, together with several Conservation areas, provide countless hiking trails amidst stunning scenery.

Sightseeing flights around Mt Cook and over the Tasman Glacier provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the Southern Alps’ spectacular scenery. The ski fields of Ohau and Round Hill at Lake Tekapo, and the alpine wonder of Mt Cook provide plenty of winter fun.

The town is the centre of New Zealand’s biggest civil engineering project, the Waitaki Hydro Scheme, which provides the dramatic combination of lakes, canals and power stations that give the Twizel landscape its unique character.

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