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Mount Cook National Park Holidays

Ski on a glacier, enjoy hot springs and tackle the peak where Sir Edmund Hillary trained for Everest in this spectacular part of New Zealand.

Mount Cook National Park is a fantastic place to enjoy New Zealand’s winter, with skiing and snow sports, hot springs, and snow-capped mountains and glaciers sparkling in the sun. During summer, water sports and hiking are popular. Enjoy the scenic beauty while hiking near mountain peaks, beech forests and a landscape carved by glacial movement.

The park has hikes suited to all levels of fitness. Listen for fantails and kea parrots in the beech forest on the short Governor’s Bush Walk. The Kea Point and Glencoe walks are also short and easy, with rewarding Mount Cook views. For a longer walk, admire the mountain’s beauty from the 4-hour-long Hooker Valley Track which runs to the Hooker Glacier. Rest at Mount Cook Village and enjoy a hearty meal in one of the cosy restaurants or bars.

Adventurers can join a Mount Cook mountaineering expedition. Sir Edmund Hillary used the mountain to train for his historic Mount Everest climb. Mountaineering courses, not for the fainthearted, are offered on the peaks.

Head to Tekapo Springs to get warm in the hot pools. Enjoy views of mountain snowcaps from the outdoor pools or try the outdoor ice-skating rink, open between April and September. You can even try snow tubing. Nearby Lake Tekapo is a great base during the summer for horse riding, water skiing, mountain biking and boat cruises exploring the lake and its islands.

Ski atop the Tasman Glacier. Ski planes will fly you in over the stunning landscape for your adventure. In warmer months, catch a boat from Mount Cook Village to the glacier or take a guided kayaking tour to explore the terminus lake where icebergs form caverns and bridges.

Accommodation at Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo ranges from camping and backpacker lodging to five-star spa-resorts. It’s 261 kilometres (162 miles) to the national park from Queenstown and 329 kilometres (204 miles) from Christchurch. The villages of Mount Cook, Lake Tekapo and Twizel are all within an hour’s drive of each other.

Popular Activities at Mount Cook National Park

There are plenty of fun ways to get a feel for Mount Cook National Park. Here are some of some of the top ones:

For many more things to do, peruse our Canterbury things to do page.


Top Mount Cook National Park Hotel Deals

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The Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook SG$171
Reviewed on 6 Sep,2019
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The Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

The Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

89 Terrace Road, Mount Cook National Park, Mount Cook
     
    4.3 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Amazing views, however first room we were met with an unpleasant odour in the hallway but on notifying staff we were moved to another room

    Aoraki Court Motel SG$155
    Reviewed on 16 Sep,2019
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    Aoraki Court Motel

    Aoraki Court Motel

    26 Bowen Drive, Mount Cook
       
      4.7 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Clean and eco friendly, we had everything we needed to rest up before each days adventures.

      Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge SG$140
      Reviewed on 8 Jul,2019
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      Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge

      Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge

      101 Bowen Drive, Mount Cook
         
        4.4 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Need more longer wifi.noisy extract fan both toilet and shower.

        YHA Aoraki Mt Cook - Backpacker SG$106
        Reviewed on 25 Apr,2019
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        YHA Aoraki Mt Cook - Backpacker

        YHA Aoraki Mt Cook - Backpacker

        4 Bowen Drive, Aoraki Mt. Cook Village, Mount Cook, South Canterbury
           
          4.1 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Outstanding location with amazing view, good amenities.

          Rainforest Retreat SG$68
          Reviewed on 18 Jul,2019
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          Rainforest Retreat

          Rainforest Retreat

          46 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier
             
            4.2 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great facilities provided in the kitchen including coffee machine. Beds were comfortable and cosy.

            Fox Glacier TOP 10 Holiday Park & Motels SG$56
            Reviewed on 11 Jun,2019
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            Fox Glacier TOP 10 Holiday Park & Motels

            Fox Glacier TOP 10 Holiday Park & Motels

            Kerrs Road, Fox Glacier
               
              4.3 of 5
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              A lovely & comfortable cabin abode for a family of 5. It looks brand new and a great place to stay and convenient!

              Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef SG$74
              Reviewed on 2 Sep,2019
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              Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef

              Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef

              76 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier
                 
                4.7 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Convenient location in an amazing place. Helicopter snow landing on Franz Josef was incredible.

                Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier SG$156
                Reviewed on 8 Jul,2019
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                Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

                Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

                36 Main Road, State Highway 6, Franz Josef Glacier
                   
                  4.0 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Scenic aspects, extremely clean and spacious. A bath in the place would be great, if environmentally sustainable of course.