Insider's Guide to Mount Cook

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  • Address: Highway 80
  • Hours: Open daily 8:30am - 6pm (until 5pm May - Sept)
  • Admission: Free

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Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

A fabulous UNESCO World Heritage area measuring 700 square kilometers (434 square miles), Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park stretches from Westland to Fiordland in the South Island.

There are 22 of New Zealand’s highest mountains soaring over this park, including mighty 3,755-meter (12,316-foot) Mount Cook itself, the tallest peak in the country. Perhaps the best way to take in the mountains’ grandeur is from the air on a helicopter tour of the park.

A mecca for climbers, hikers, skiers and lovers of natural beauty, the park’s attractions include the Tasman Glacier and the warm and welcoming Heritage, New Zealand’s most famous hotel.

Practical Info

Mount Cook Village is the park’s main base, 12 km (7.5 mi) from Mount Cook’s snowy summit.

Buses run here from all over the South Island, including Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.

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Mount Cook Mountains High Helicopter Flight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

The premier flight over this amazing alpine region with vast snowfields, glaciers and a spectacular view of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook. Fly ...  Read more

Location: Mount Cook, New Zealand
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $369.24

Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience this magnificent alpine environment with a high scenic flight over the Ben Ohau mountains. Watch as the landscape changes from low rolling hills, ...  Read more

Location: Mount Cook, New Zealand
Duration: 35 minutes (approx.)

From USD $299.74

Mount Cook to Queenstown Tour

Be mesmerised by the alpine surroundings of the truly unique region of New Zealand's South Island as you leave Mount Cook on a one-way tour to Queenstown.  ...  Read more

Location: Mount Cook, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $145.96

Mount Cook to Christchurch Tour

Sit back and relax on this one-way tour from Mount Cook to Christchurch. Travel down the western side of Lake Pukaki and see the breathtaking views of this ...  Read more

Location: Mount Cook, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $120.76

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