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Known in Maori as ‘Aoraki’, Mount Cook is the highest mountain in the continent of Australasia. The National Park which surrounds the peak is certainly one of New Zealand’s most spectacular, with more than one third covered in permanent snow and glacial ice.

You can get up as far as Mount Cook village by road, from where air safaris, trekking, 4WD tours and dinghy cruises set out for the dripping ice faces of advancing glaciers.

Walks and treks

Walking in the Mount Cook National Park
Mount Cook National Park is yet another of New Zealand’s havens for walkers. There are paths here to please gentle day walkers, as well as challenging hikes that require specific mountaineering experience.

There are ten short walks leading from Mount Cook Village with two of the most popular being the trail to Kea Point (two hours return) and the walk over the swingbridges and up to the Hooker Valley (four hours return).

Maps and information are available from the Department of Conservation visitors' center in Mount Cook Village, and in the summer guides can be arranged for the more tricky paths.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Mount Cook National Park

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Mount Cook National Park, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Mount Cook National Park

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Mount Cook National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Aoraki Court Motel, Mount Cook Village

      Aoraki Court Motel

      Medium

      Situated at the heart of Mount Cook Village, the Aoraki Court Motel offers modern comfort and fantastic views of the surrounding mountains.

    • The Hermitage Motel, Mount Cook Village

      Hermitage Motel Aoraki Mount Cook

      Medium

      Located at the heart of the National Park, the Hermitage Hotel provides a good level of comfort with full kitchen and bathroom facilities.

    Ideas for experiencing Mount Cook National Park

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Mount Cook National Park, and which use the best local guides.

    • Glacier cruise, Mount Cook National Park

      Glacier Boat Cruise

      Mount Cook National Park

      This three-hour tour of Lake Tasman, and the front edge of New Zealand's largest glacier, is a unique opportunity to learn about this incredible remnant of the Ice Age.

    • Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast

      Tasman Glacier Sightseeing Flight

      Mount Cook National Park

      From the foothills of Mount Cook National Park you can take a spectacular scenic ski-plane flight which will take you up the length of the Tasman Glacier before landing on the newly fallen snow near the top.

    • The Grand Traverse of Mount Cook, West Coast

      Sightseeing flight over Mount Cook

      Mount Cook National Park

      This unique flight encompasses Aoraki (Mount Cook), Westland and Tai Poutini national parks, traversing 200 kilometers of New Zealand's most beautiful and spectacular alpine scenery.