Start your trip off in the Aoraki/Mount Cook alpine village and visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, which pays tribute to the New Zealander, the first person to ever reach the summit of Mt Everest. At the centre, you'll learn all about how Mount Cook helped him to prepare for his massive feat, while you watch the fascinating 3D movie about this mighty mountain.
After visiting the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, you'll probably feel inspired to go out and climb some mountains yourself. The good news is that you'll be surrounded by them! So put on some climbing boots and start scaling those peaks! Of course, the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a fantastic place to start and if you're here in winter, you'll have plenty of opportunities to ski back down the mountainside. The Hooker Valley Track and Mueller Hut Route are also very popular with mountaineers.
For something completely different, head to the Tasman Glacier Lake or the Mueller Glacier Lake and experience kayaking 750 metres above sea level. The water is stunningly clear, the scenery is spectacular and you'll even be able to paddle close enough to actually reach out and touch the icebergs! So don't forget your camera!
Mount Cook is about halfway between Queenstown and Christchurch, both of which are only two hours away. If you're keen to spend a bit of time in Queenstown, check out our great range of Queenstown accommodation and cheap flights to Queenstown. Otherwise, take a look at our Christchurch hotels and cheap airfares to Christchurch.
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Hotels in Mount Cook start at NZ$125 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.