Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
A fantasy land of ice and rock
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park covers approximately 70,000 hectares and is located in the Aoraki Mt Cook region of New Zealand.
With 19 peaks over 3,000 metres high, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home to New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook. The park is also part of Te Wahipounamu—South Westland World Heritage Area—in recognition of its outstanding natural value.
Glaciers cover 40 percent of the breathtaking Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. The Tasman Glacier, New Zealand's largest and longest glacier, is clearly visible from the main highway at the entrance to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. The Tasman Glacier is approximately 27 kilometres long and up to three kilometres wide.
From Twizel a sealed road leads right into the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Aoraki Mount Cook Village lies at the end of the road, just below the terminals of the Hooker and Mueller Glaciers.
Aoraki Mount Cook village has an airport, but no serviced flights. A regular bus service operates to Aoraki Mount Cook Village.
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Activities
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is New Zealand's great alpine park. Activities include:
- Walking, hiking
- Climbing Mt Cook
- Scenic flights
- Mountain biking
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Accommodation
There are 17 huts located within the park. Most are located for mountaineering use and visitors need climbing skills to reach them.
Accommodation at Mount Cook Village ranges from backpackers lodges through to luxury accommodation.
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Conservation
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is managed by the Department of Conservation. Some things to remember include:
- Do not take dogs or other animals into the park
- Light fires in designated places only
- Camp in designated places only
- Obey all signs and warnings
- Ensure you are properly equipped
NB: Beware of avalanches after heavy snow falls.