Living the Dream in Twizel

Photo: http://www.bookabach.co.nz/27604 Cyclists at Lake Pukaki

Twizel sprang into being in 1968, as a town for workers on the hydro scheme. Now it's a fantastic base for holidays, with lakes, cycleways and Aoraki on the doorstep. Michelle Paterson tells us about bringing retro character to a hydro cottage.

We love your “Quirky Cottage with the Blue Front Door”. What led you to buy a bach in Twizel?   We bought this cottage in 2012. We had previously bought a property in Twizel because we set up a cafe, The Musterer’s Hut. We operated that for 2 years….sold it on, but had such fun “theming” it, that when the opportunity to buy another Twizel Hydro Cottage became available, we grabbed it. It’s a great location as it’s on the main entrance into Twizel but about 100m to the village centre and all its amenities. Did you renovate or decorate the property yourself? How was that?  We did renovate and decorate ourselves - we just used the bones that were there already. The houses are really tiny - I think they would be contenders for the tiny house movement - anywhere from 65m2 to 72m2, so it...

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South Island Skiing and Snowboarding

Photo: Temple Basin Ski Area

So many mountains...the South Island is drop-dead gorgeous, and a snowy paradise for skiers and boarders.

You’re spoilt for choice when picking a ski holiday in the South Island. If you’re thinking of heading somewhere new this winter, have a look at our Snow Guides for an over-view of what the different areas offer. Skiing in Nelson Lakes Photo credit: Rainbow Ski Area If you’re looking for a family-friendly, relaxed experience at the top of the South Island, check out Rainbow Ski Area, a club field, set in the Nelson Lakes District. The closest town is St Arnaud Village, a 40 minute drive from the ski field, along State Highway 63. Rainbow offers warm, sunny days, large basins and great ridge-lines. There’s a terrain park, ski and snowboard hire and lessons, and a cafe. It’s open from the 4th July to mid-October. This area is quite stunning, with forest, lakes and mountain ranges. From St Arnaud you can explore the Nelson Lakes National...

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COMPETITIONS
Win with SNOWPLANET

Enter to win a SNOWPLANET Family Day Pass Combo worth $299, for your chance to brush up (or learn) some slope style before you hit the mountain this year. Prize includes a pass for 2 adults and 2 children (U17), all day access to the snow including all lifts, rental equipment (skis or snowboard and boots) and rental helmets. See below for terms and conditions.

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Matariki Festival 2015
Various venues around AucklandSat, June 20, 2015 to Sun, July 19, 2015
Matakana Vintage Market Mid-winter Barbeque
Matakana MarketSun, July 05, 2015 10.00 a.m.
Russell Birdman Festival 2015
Russell Wharf, Cass Street, RussellFri, July 10, 2015 to Sun, July 12, 2015
Illume Coromandel 2015
Coromandel TownshipThu, July 02, 2015 to Wed, July 08, 2015
Musical Forest
E Central, Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf, WellingtonSat, July 04, 2015 9.30 a.m. to Sat, August 22, 2015 3.30 p.m.
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Living the Dream in Twizel

Twizel sprang into being in 1968, as a town for workers on the hydro scheme. Now it's a fantastic base for holidays, with lakes, cycleways and Aoraki on the doorstep. Michelle Paterson tells us about bringing retro character to a hydro cottage.

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