Aoraki / Mt Cook

Stunning Alpine Wonderland

Famous for its dramatic natural beauty, the majestic National Park is home of New Zealand’s highest mountain and longest glacier with an awe inspiring landscape.

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is an ultimate alpine adventure destination. Located in the central part of the South Island, deep in the heart of the Southern Alps, it is alpine in the purest sense – with towering mountains, glaciers and permanent snow fields. Within the expansive 700km Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, are numerous scenic attractions.

Formally established in 1953, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park has 19 peaks over 3,000 meters, the awesome Southern Alps which include the iconic Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain and the 27km Tasman Glacier, the largest glacier in New Zealand.

Walkers and hikers are spoilt for choice in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, with trails ranging from easy short walks to challenging alpine expeditions. Amidst the stunning natural scenery, some walks lead to mirror-like alpine tarns and herb-fields. Popular is the10km return Hooker Valley Track with a suspension bridge.

Within the National Park, is the Mount Cook Alpine Village with accommodations and restaurants. At the village, visitors can enjoy – scenic walks, boat tours, helicopter rides and amazing dinners with a view. Adjoining the Hermitage Hotel is Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, named after Sir Edmund Hillary – New Zealand’s national icon who was the first to reach Mt Everest’s summit. The Alpine Centre’s has a cinema and domed digital planetarium.

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
Mackenzie District
South Island



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