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1 room, 2 adults

High Country Motel and Backpackers, Twizel

2.5-starThis property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our rating system.
23 Mackenzie Drive, Twizel, 7901, New Zealand

No-frills motel in Twizel
  • Free parking
  • Collect stampsYou can collect™ Rewards stamps here
  • The kitchen was big and the room was nice. We had our own bathroom which was awesome. It…Jan. 19, 2020
  • Very helpful staff. Property a little rough. Kitchen needs a more efficient way of…Dec. 6, 2018

High Country Motel and Backpackers, Twizel

from $25 CAD
  • Studio
  • Suite, 1 Bedroom
  • Suite, 2 Bedrooms
  • Family Suite, 2 Bedrooms
  • House, 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bedroom Carriage House
  • Double Room, Private Bathroom
  • Double Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm

What’s around High Country Motel and Backpackers, Twizel


  • Twizel Town Centre - 4 min walk
  • Lake Pukaki - 7.1 mi / 11.4 km
  • Lake Ruataniwha - 3.5 mi / 5.6 km
  • Lake Pukaki Information Center - 6.9 mi / 11.1 km
  • Lake Benmore - 9.2 mi / 14.8 km
  • Lake Ohau - 20 mi / 32.2 km
  • Hot Tubs Omarama - 18.4 mi / 29.6 km
  • Totara Peak Gallery - 18.8 mi / 30.3 km

At a glance

Key facts


  • 104 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-7:30 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
The front desk is open during the following times:
  • Monday - Sunday: 2 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Monday - Sunday: 8 PM - 10 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 7:30 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • WiFi in public areas *

  • WiFi in rooms *



  • Free self parking on site

Payment types at the property

* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the motel

Food and drink
  • Continental breakfast (surcharge)
  • Barbecue grills
  • Microwave in a common area
Things to do
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Grab bar - near toilet
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Freshen up
  • Shower only
Stay connected
  • WiFi (surcharge)
  • Daily housekeeping

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Qualmark, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

High Country Motel and Backpackers, Twizel’s small print

Also known as

  • High Country Motel Backpackers Twizel
  • High Country Motel Backpackers
  • High Backpackers Twizel
  • High Country Motel and Backpackers Motel
  • High Country Motel and Backpackers Twizel
  • High Country Motel and Backpackers Motel Twizel


This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a smoke detector on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Optional extras

Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge

Continental breakfast is offered for an extra charge of NZD 13.00 per person (approximately)

WiFi is available in guestrooms for NZD 3.00 per 24-hour period (4-device limit, rates may vary)

WiFi is available in public areas for NZD 3.00 (4-device limit, rates may vary)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for High Country Motel and Backpackers, Twizel

  • Does High Country Motel and Backpackers offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, High Country Motel and Backpackers does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at High Country Motel and Backpackers?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at High Country Motel and Backpackers?
    Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Are pets allowed at High Country Motel and Backpackers?
    Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at High Country Motel and Backpackers?
    You can check in from 2 PM to 7:30 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.

Recent reviews

Good 7.2 From 146 reviews

Fair 4.0
No, no, no.
A real disappointment. This property is not even close to the way it is described on the website. The " flat screen TV with cable channels" is a 34cm old TV with just two free to air channels. The "free toiletries" turned out to be soap! The room was small, dated and uncomfortable with very thin walls. The buildings are apparently the former construction camp accommodation from the hydro project in the 1960's and 70's. Never again.
MR K D, au1 night trip
Good 6.0
Wouldn't recommend staying there.
We found bedbugs in the morning. Hotel management denying that and says they checked everything and couldn't find any - they didn't even asked the number of the room we stayed. Nevertheless, I hope that was one and lonely bug. Room and building are outdated, you have to use kitchenette's sink because there's no such amenity in their private bathrooms. WiFi has 500Mb free, but it shuts off way before reaching this limit. Oh yeah, and these famous flat screen TVs from room description :) Google has more honest reviews and score, I wish I read them before booking the room.
Volodymyr, us1 night trip
Fair 4.0
Bed in backpackers was terrible
The double privat room was bigger than in most of other backpackers we stayed before but the bed was really terrible. We could not sleep at all. I gave the info to rezeption and they confirmed to check. We only stayed one night so I do not know what happend.
nz1 night trip
Very Good 8.0
Large rooms, fair value for money
Large comfortable rooms, large grounds. Could have used another couple of chairs (there were only four in the lounge for a unit that sleeps 8).
Marcos, nz1 night family trip
Very Good 8.0
Quaint city nice place
Quaint place located very central in “town” in walking distance to everything you need. Close to Mt Cook national park. Warm water and clean bed
au1 night trip with friends
Fair 4.0
다시는 찾아가지 않으리
근처에 마땅한 숙소가 없어서 머물렀는데 90불가격대비 너무 아니다. 방음안되서 옆집아저씨 코고는 소리 말하는 소리들려서 잠도 못자고. 침대도 영.. 위치는 좋음
nz1 night trip
Very Good 8.0
Nice and cosy
SIEW NGAN, nz1 night trip
Good 6.0
Friendly staff, clean room
EDDIE, nz2 night trip
Very Good 8.0
Great stopover
Good value,great area.
Susan, nz1 night romance trip
Fair 4.0
Utensil & pantry are not so clean. Towels are very limited. Just only 1 per person.
nz1 night family trip

High Country Motel and Backpackers, Twizel

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