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MacKenzie Country Inn

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stopped here for three nights whilst fishing the Twizel canals. Chilly weather at this time of year and we were greeted with a room in which the staff had put on the heater, nice touch and was not expected. Room was completely adequate with two double beds allowing 3 of us to stay in one room. Breakfast, buffet style and good selection of cereals, eggs, pastries etc. We had one evening dinner and decided upon the buffet for the choice of roasts available, lamb, pork and beef. The beef was amazing, broccoli perfectly cooked an all round good value great tasting meal. The bar area is great and the great thing about winter is that the open fire is on and you can add logs to suit. Made a great relaxing area to enjoy a wine whilst watching the main event, if there is one on the big screen. Friendly staff make up the all round package. I am also advised that the team there will look after your catch if you require.

We were mostly disappointed with out stay this time round. Our room was cold - despite having the heater going on full the whole time. There were electric blankets on the beds but the cords wouldn't reach the electrical sockets. The one electric blanket that plugged in didn't work. The bar lady was indifferent bordering on rude. Reception staff were great and the food was nice. Negatives outweighed the positives and don't think we will be back.

I stayed at the Mackenzie Country Inn for work and for the most part it was pretty enjoyable. The staff were nice, the restaurant was good (we had the buffet both nights and it was delicious), and everything was reasonably priced. The rooms are a bit dated and could do with a bit of a touch up, but other than that was pretty comfortable. My only gripe is that the heater in the room was super loud kept making noises so we couldn't have it on over night which resulted in a cold room.

A modest place to stay, dated, but in a nice way with large expansive rooms and decor. The rooms are warm and the beds comfortable. On the day, I stayed the food was terrible and a new chef was just finding his stripeds. But to their credit, the meals were refunded and a free beer offered. Breakfast buffet was average and not worth the $24, congealed baked beans, scrambled eggs clinging on for dear life and empty trays.

Our room was straight out of the 1980s . 2 double beds with very soft mattress, 2 lounge chairs with seating badly stained. I couldn't fit the jug under the tap in the bathroom. I thought my days of having a cold wet shower curtain slapping around my legs were well gone!!!! Their saving grace was the lovely staff in the restaurant. Oh and i must let you know that a 10 minute shower each is all that the hot water caters for in you room.

Easy booking in, friendly staff allowed us access early. Upstairs room with views to the partly snow clad mountains. As noted in some reviews, the motel is 'old school', but as we were only renting a night's accommodation and not moving in permanently we were happy with the large clean and comfortably furnished room. Although a large motel (109 rooms) the room was quiet. Good place to stay when travelling through Twizel (pronounced twhyzell).

Room upstairs had a lovely view. Bed comfortable and facilities clean. Lovely variety of food for breakfast. Staff friendly and helpful. Very central location for walking to town and for exploring the fantastic scenery in the McKenzie Basin.

Went with the April Red Carpets LotR Tour group, and it was a great experience. Excellent buffet dinner. Fireplace in the lobby / gathering area with seating. Supposedly nice area to watch the stars but alas it was cloudy that night.

STAFF WAS AMAZING, including the tail-less hotel cat JACK. Food very good. Jacquie in Bar awe some. Real wood fireplace homey. BUT... room was very tired, bed very soft,just clean enough....needs an update. plenty of hot water and towels good. Inn has the tough stuff in order...great food/bar.......and The staff rocked !! would rebook because of the staff

the town twizel is so small, quaint and beautiful ,scenic, close to mount cook ranges. the hotel is very good with 109 rooms .lovely hotel with huge sofas and fireplace and good and courteous staff. large rooms and clean. we stayed for one night only though

Cnr Ostler & Wairepo Roads Twizel

Hotel highlights

  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • WiFi in rooms and public areas (fees apply)
  • Business center

Located 3 mi (4.9 km) from Lake Ruataniwha, MacKenzie Country Inn is within a 10-minute drive of Lake Pukaki Information Center. This 108-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and free self parking. Lake Pukaki is also within a 15-minute drive of this Twizel hotel.


Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM.


The 108 rooms have an array of amenities, including balconies or patios, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Guests can expect to find LCD TVs and stay connected with WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Phones, ironing boards, and desks are also standard.

Property features

Guests of MacKenzie Country Inn enjoy WiFi in public areas, a business center, and a computer station. Free parking is included with your stay. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this ski hotel include free newspapers, laundry facilities, and a picnic area.

Room options

Family Room (Interconnecting Rooms)

Full 2 | Sleeps 7

Deluxe Room (Bed and Breakfast)

Queen 2 | King 1 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room (Bed and Breakfast)

Full 2 | Twin 3 | Sleeps 4

Deluxe Room

King 1 | Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

42% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 309 reviews