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Twizel is a town in the MacKenzie Basin of the South Island of New Zealand . Its residential population is 1,000 but in summer the population more than trebles.


Twizel was built in 1968 to service the Upper Waitaki Power Scheme and was intended to be removed once the project had been completed. However its residents successfully fought to save the town.


Twizel is a service and tourist town for visitors to the area. Nearby Lake Ruataniwha supports rowing, sailing and water skiing.

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