Twizel River Trail

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The Twizel River Trail is a perfect leisurely walk for the whole family.

Though it is long, a whooping 12km, the track is flat with some small hills. Most people who use the track stop along the way to go for a swim, to fish, to birdwatch or just to have a picnic. 

However, because the track is so long and all along the river, people tend to be spread out so you will be able to enjoy the river and the track without any crowds. This track is shared with mountain bikers, runners, walker and anglers alike. You may even see a baby buggy or two.

Speaking of anglers, the Twizel River hosts rainbow and brown trout, Canterbury galaxias and upland bully. The latter 2 fish are native to Canterbury. Outside of the water, you may also be able to identify native birds and small geckos.

The track is through old farm tracks and newly established river tracks. Along the riverbank, you will find willow trees to shade you from the sun.

This track is enjoyable as it lets you take in the sights of the Mackenzie basin mountains, Lake Benmore and maybe even Aoraki Mt Cook on a clear day.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: Twizel, South Island, New Zealand
  • Time needed: 5-6 hour walk
  • Distance: 24 km
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Bikes allowed: This track is shared with mountain bikes.
  • Route: Return
  • Elevation: 78 m descent
  • Wet Feet: The walk is alongside the river, so there is the potential for wet feet.
  • Toilets: There are toilet facilities throughout Twizel.
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
  • Last Updated: May, 2020

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We’ve partnered with Macpac outdoor walking & hiking gear to bring you the very best products designed exclusively for our New Zealand climate. They’ll ship for FREE within NZ on orders over $100 (if under $100 it’s only $5). Worldwide international shipping is available except to the USA. Bulky orders will be $20.

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