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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 & Accommodation Deals

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The Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook AU$160
Reviewed on 24 Jun. 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

    We had an excellent stay in this hotel. You can see snow mountains right from yiur window

    Aoraki Court Motel AU$148
    Reviewed on 25 Jun. 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

      What an amazing lace to stay. The views are amazing. The rooms are spacious, and have everything you need.

      Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge AU$161
      Reviewed on 25 Apr. 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

        This property is in a nice location with beautiful view of Mt. Cook.

        YHA Aoraki Mt Cook - Backpacker AU$88
        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 AU$76
          Reviewed on 20 Jun. 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 spot near the center of town yet far away from the sometimes busy highway 6. It was very serene! We stayed in the NeiNei lodge and took full advantage of the en-suite washer / dryer. Similarly, we had a nice meal in the on site restaurant (monsoon). Just be aware that during the winter season ...

            Franz Josef Oasis AU$94
            Reviewed on 25 May 2019
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            Franz Josef Oasis

            Franz Josef Oasis

            Franz Josef Highway, Franz Josef Glacier
               
              4.6 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Newer property, nicely appointed and spacious room, very comfortable bed, helpful and friendly staff. Not located in the town, but only a short 5 minute drive so it was not an issue for us.

              Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef AU$98
              Reviewed on 2 Jun. 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

                Great views. Very clean room with all that you need for a short stay. Excellent location,

                Fox Glacier Lodge AU$109
                Reviewed on 5 May 2019
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                Fox Glacier Lodge

                Fox Glacier Lodge

                41 Sullivan Road, Fox Glacier
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Clean and spacious. Friendly staff. Convenient location.

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