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Mount Cook National Park Vacation: Coronavirus Information

Most Mount Cook National Park hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.

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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.


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The Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook AU$164
Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020
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The Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

The Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

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

    The best hotel when you want to visit mt.cook, but the room have no air-con, it's very hot when sleeping

    Aoraki Court Motel AU$174
    Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2020
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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

      The heater on the inside worked a treat as it was very cold on the inside. The staff were very accommodating and friendly.

      Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge AU$154
      Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020
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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

        Wonderful, well equipped guest lounge with a SPECTACULAR view looking onto Aoraki/Mt Cook

        YHA Aoraki Mt Cook - Backpacker AU$75
        Reviewed on 17 Nov. 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
           
          4.2 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Easy location, nice hostel. Rooms were sooooo hot at night, made sleeping very difficult.

          Rainforest Retreat AU$70
          Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020
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          Rainforest Retreat

          Rainforest Retreat

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

            We enjoyed our stay. The staff, environment and amenities are excellent!

            Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier AU$154
            Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2020
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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

              Brilliant hotel, very helpful staff

              Lake Matheson Motel AU$98
              Reviewed on 27 May 2020
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              Lake Matheson Motel

              Lake Matheson Motel

              -na Cnr Cook Flat Road & Pekanga Drive, Fox Glacier
                 
                4.4 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Very friendly and helpful staff. Felt very welcomed. The place was in walking distance to a wonderful friendly pizza restaurant and glow worms. Would definitely recommend

                Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Boutique Hotel AU$144
                Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2020
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                Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Boutique Hotel

                Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Boutique Hotel

                Main Road, State Highway 6, Fox Glacier, South Westland
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Great caretaker. He gave awesome recommendations and ensured out time in New Zealand

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