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Mount Cook National Park Holidays

Ski on a glacier, enjoy hot springs and tackle the peak where Sir Edmund Hillary trained for Everest in this spectacular part of New Zealand.

Mount Cook National Park is a fantastic place to enjoy New Zealand’s winter, with skiing and snow sports, hot springs, and snow-capped mountains and glaciers sparkling in the sun. During summer, water sports and hiking are popular. Enjoy the scenic beauty while hiking near mountain peaks, beech forests and a landscape carved by glacial movement.

The park has hikes suited to all levels of fitness. Listen for fantails and kea parrots in the beech forest on the short Governor’s Bush Walk. The Kea Point and Glencoe walks are also short and easy, with rewarding Mount Cook views. For a longer walk, admire the mountain’s beauty from the 4-hour-long Hooker Valley Track which runs to the Hooker Glacier. Rest at Mount Cook Village and enjoy a hearty meal in one of the cosy restaurants or bars.

Adventurers can join a Mount Cook mountaineering expedition. Sir Edmund Hillary used the mountain to train for his historic Mount Everest climb. Mountaineering courses, not for the fainthearted, are offered on the peaks.

Head to Tekapo Springs to get warm in the hot pools. Enjoy views of mountain snowcaps from the outdoor pools or try the outdoor ice-skating rink, open between April and September. You can even try snow tubing. Nearby Lake Tekapo is a great base during the summer for horse riding, water skiing, mountain biking and boat cruises exploring the lake and its islands.

Ski atop the Tasman Glacier. Ski planes will fly you in over the stunning landscape for your adventure. In warmer months, catch a boat from Mount Cook Village to the glacier or take a guided kayaking tour to explore the terminus lake where icebergs form caverns and bridges.

Accommodation at Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo ranges from camping and backpacker lodging to five-star spa-resorts. It’s 261 kilometres (162 miles) to the national park from Queenstown and 329 kilometres (204 miles) from Christchurch. The villages of Mount Cook, Lake Tekapo and Twizel are all within an hour’s drive of each other.

There are heaps of ways to get the most out of this place. Here's just some things to do at Mount Cook National Park:

If you'd like even more options, have a look at our Canterbury things to do page.


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The Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook NZ$296
Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2020
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The Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

The Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

89 Terrace Road, Mount Cook National Park, Mount Cook
     
    4.3 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Incomparable view from our modern, comfortable and spotlessly clean room. Lovely hotel with helpful staff.

    Aoraki Court Motel NZ$254
    Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020
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    Aoraki Court Motel

    Aoraki Court Motel

    26 Bowen Drive, Mount Cook
       
      4.7 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      We were very pleased with the smooth check in and amazing view it offered. We would most definitely stay here again.

      Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge NZ$205
      Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2020
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      Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge

      Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge

      101 Bowen Drive, Mount Cook
         
        4.4 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Amazing location and views. I arrived after hours and they were very accommodating, providing detailed arrival instructions- however because of this and an early departure, I never really spoke to any of the staff on site. The room was nice, the bathroom smelt a bit musty, but overall I enjoyed the ...

        YHA Aoraki Mt Cook - Backpacker
        Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019
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        YHA Aoraki Mt Cook - Backpacker

        YHA Aoraki Mt Cook - Backpacker

        4 Bowen Drive, Aoraki Mt. Cook Village, Mount Cook, South Canterbury
           
          4.2 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Easy location, nice hostel. Rooms were sooooo hot at night, made sleeping very difficult.

          Rainforest Retreat NZ$110
          Reviewed on 20 Feb. 2020
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          Rainforest Retreat

          Rainforest Retreat

          46 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier
             
            4.3 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            We stayed in a Gecko lodge, tucked away in a magical rain forest setting

            Fox Glacier TOP 10 Holiday Park & Motels NZ$84
            Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2020
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            Fox Glacier TOP 10 Holiday Park & Motels

            Fox Glacier TOP 10 Holiday Park & Motels

            Kerrs Road, Fox Glacier
               
              4.2 of 5
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Lovely views. Clean & private. The cooking facilities were adequate for a short stay. Nice outdoor deck area where we could enjoy a drink.

              Jag Escape Franz Alpine Retreat NZ$144
              Reviewed on 18 Feb. 2020
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              Jag Escape Franz Alpine Retreat

              Jag Escape Franz Alpine Retreat

              2 Donovan Drive, Sh 6, Franz Josef Glacier
                 
                4.3 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Very clean and new. Close to town. Quiet location. No complaints at all!

                The Westhaven Motel NZ$132
                Reviewed on 5 Feb. 2020
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                The Westhaven Motel

                The Westhaven Motel

                29 Main Road, State Highway 6, Fox Glacier
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Good location and a clean place to stop overnight but not a resort property. Fixtures are basic and a bit tired but clean. Management and staff are pleasant.

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