Twizel River Trail / Walkway...

Twizel River Trail / Walkway / Mountain-biking track


Time: 5-6 hr return Distance: 24 km return

This trail runs for 12 km over old farm tracks and a newly established river track. The river is intermittently lined with willow trees which provide plenty of shade on a hot summer’s day. It is also a great place to explore and find an uncrowded swimming hole or fishing spot.
Mountain bikers, off-road runners, walkers and anglers will enjoy using Twizel River Trail. The pedestrian gates are wide enough for all-terrain baby buggies to fit through so that young families may also enjoy a stroll alongside Twizel River.

There are wonderful views of the Mackenzie Basin mountains along the trail. Aoraki/Mt Cook can be clearly seen from the latter part of the trail on a fine day. Meanwhile the end of the track makes a great vantage point for overlooking Lake Benmore. From here, recreationalists can either return the same way, or alternatively, return back to Twizel on Ohau River Road.
Twizel Walkway

Another walkway/mountain-bike ride goes around Twizel township itself. It follows a different area of Twizel River, upstream from the Twizel River Trail. This circuit is 9 km long, is well-marked and dogs are allowed.
Mountain-biking track

Grade 2: mostly flat with some gentle climbs on smooth track with easily avoidable obstacles such as rocks and potholes.

Time to bike 2 hr 30 min - 3 hr return.

Mountain bikers give way to walkers. Watch out for rabbit holes on the last third of the track – you could accidently catch a wheel if not alert.

Getting there

Twizel River Trail is located opposite Twizel township area on the eastern side of SH8. Look out for a pedestrian gate along with a Department of Conservation sign.

Twizel township is deep in the heart of the Mackenzie Basin, South Canterbury, South Island.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieTwizel


  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Free


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