Built in 1968 as a service town for the hydro-electric power scheme, Twizel was meant to be a temporary town; eventually bulldozed back to the tussock grass from whence it grew. However, the workers grew to love their little town, and as the project was winding up in the early 80s they successfully fought to save Twizel.

The town was laid out in a Scandinavian fashion, featuring looping roads and pedestrian ways connected to a central ring road; making it far more direct to walk than use a car. Shops, school, and recreational parkland formed a hub in the centre of the town, around which the residential area was built.


  • Cafes
  • National Bank
  • Petrol Stations
  • Supermarkets
  • Pubs
  • Swimming Pool
  • Placemakers
  • Restaurants
  • Skateboard Park
  • Bakeries
  • Mackenzie Country Building Supplies
  • Medical Centre
  • Climbing Wall
  • Pharmacy
  • Event Centre
  • Gift Stores
  • Tennis Courts
  • Campgrounds
  • Gymnasium
  • Fishing & Hunting Store
  • Golf Course
  • Hairdressers


The Twizel of today is vastly different from the first incarnation of the town. The lawns are vibrant green, thousands of trees provide shade and shelter, and the gardens overflow with flowers. While not as touristy as Wanaka or Queenstown, the town retains a unique charm not easily found elsewhere.

Twizel is one of the fastest growing towns in New Zealand, thanks to affordable land and house prices. With an abundance of gorgeous scenery and clear sunny days it’s easy to fall in love with the area - a beacon of light nestled in the midst of the beautiful Mackenzie Country.