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' center in Mount Cook Village, and in the summer guides can be arranged for the more tricky paths.
Suggested Mount Cook National Park itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Mount Cook National Park, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Mount Cook National Park
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Places near Mount Cook National Park
- Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers 20 miles away
- Lake Tekapo 27 miles away
- Twizel 37 miles away
- Haast & Lake Moeraki 54 miles away
- Lake Wanaka 83 miles away
- Hokitika 83 miles away
- Arthur's Pass National Park 92 miles away
- Arrowtown 105 miles away
- Queenstown 115 miles away
- Glenorchy 115 miles away
- Milford Sound 126 miles away
- Christchurch 128 miles away
- Punakaiki 129 miles away
- Akaroa & Banks Peninsula 144 miles away
- Dunedin 150 miles away
- The Otago Peninsula 150 miles away
- Hanmer Springs 162 miles away
- Te Anau & Manapouri 166 miles away
- Doubtful Sound 190 miles away
- Kaikoura 203 miles away
- The Catlins 204 miles away
- Kahurangi National Park 227 miles away
- Nelson 236 miles away
- Abel Tasman National Park 244 miles away
- Stewart & Ulva Islands 248 miles away
- Blenheim 249 miles away
- Collingwood & Farewell Spit 250 miles away
- Picton 261 miles away
- Marlborough Sounds 271 miles away
- Wellington 293 miles away
Accommodation choices for Mount Cook National Park
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Ideas for experiencing Mount Cook National Park
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