Things to do on the South Island NZ
Twizel is a great place to base yourself when exploring the Mackenzie Region. It is the hub of the Mackenzie and is an easy day trip to other small towns and villages, making it the perfect place to relax for more than a few days. The township of Twizel has everything you need including a 4 Square supermarket, cafes and restaurants, fuel, outdoor and sporting stores and farming supplies. There are lots of family friendly activities in the Twizel area, so make sure you explore your base.
This area boasts some of the best wildlife and some amazing rock formations all in a relatively small area. Tumu Toka translates to "hard wood", which is a reference to the ancient fossil forest with imprints of ferns and fallen trees around 180 million years old seen at low tide. Nearby nest the endangered Hoiho yellow eyed penguins. Also accessed from this area is Porpoise Bay where in summer you might see the rare hectors dolphins if you are lucky.
Taking you to the top of Queenstown Skyline Gondola, the Tiki Trail is an alternative and free route to getting to the top of Bob's Peak. You'll zig-zag up the mountain through the pine forest and be rewarded with a postcard-worthy view. Mountain Biking the trails on Bob's Peak is also a great option. Start at the base of the gondola and look for the signs for the Tiki Trail.