What is there to do in Twizel?
Generally Twizel is a base for visiting elsewhere, though there're some 'must do's' nearby. High Country Salmon, a short drive along the highway and the beautiful man made Lake Ruataniwha are well worth a visit, as is a cycle along the hydro canals.
The hugely popular Alps to Ocean bike trail runs by also and Cycle Journeys in the town has all the information on this, as well as assisting all your biking needs. My buddy Tarn Jones works there so make sure you tell her, I sent you.
If you've packed a fishing rod, you can also cast a line in the canal and you never know your luck !
The area, mountains beyond and vastness, is awesome when seen from the air and the nearby Pukaki Airport is home to a bunch tourist flight opportunities. Aviation Adventures are my favourites. They offer scenic trips in a genuine red cat biplane and a similar yellow one as well, as well as other options in their Cessna aircraft.
One of the most popular flights on offer, is the Dam Buster. A trip over the impressive Benmore Hydro Dam, including lunch at The Pink Glider Cafe in Omarama and back again.
The pilot is Chris Rudge, an aviation enthusiast. He's arguably the only guy in this country to have logged over a 1000 hours flying Hot Air Balloons, Gliders and Fixed Wing Aircraft. He's also flown choppers and seaplanes. His Mum and Dad were glider pilots, so it comes as no surprise that Chris is what he is, a great bloke and a good mate.