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
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 centre in Mount Cook Village, and in the summer guides can be arranged for the more tricky paths.
Suggested Mount Cook National Park itinerary
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Places near Mount Cook National Park
- Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers 31 kilometers away
- Lake Tekapo 43 kilometers away
- Twizel 59 kilometers away
- Haast & Lake Moeraki 87 kilometers away
- Lake Wanaka 133 kilometers away
- Hokitika 134 kilometers away
- Arthur's Pass National Park 148 kilometers away
- Arrowtown 168 kilometers away
- Queenstown 185 kilometers away
- Glenorchy 185 kilometers away
- Milford Sound 203 kilometers away
- Christchurch 206 kilometers away
- Punakaiki 208 kilometers away
- Akaroa & Banks Peninsula 231 kilometers away
- Dunedin 241 kilometers away
- The Otago Peninsula 242 kilometers away
- Hanmer Springs 260 kilometers away
- Te Anau & Manapouri 266 kilometers away
- Doubtful Sound 305 kilometers away
- Kaikoura 327 kilometers away
- The Catlins 327 kilometers away
- Kahurangi National Park 365 kilometers away
- Nelson 379 kilometers away
- Abel Tasman National Park 392 kilometers away
- Stewart & Ulva Islands 399 kilometers away
- Blenheim 401 kilometers away
- Collingwood & Farewell Spit 402 kilometers away
- Picton 420 kilometers away
- Marlborough Sounds 437 kilometers away
- Wellington 471 kilometers away
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