Mt Cook Nature and Eco Tourism
Mt Cook (Aoraki /Mount Cook) is New Zealand's highest mountain at 3,754 metres high and is located in the MacKenzie Country within the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Nestled at the base of Mt Cook is Mt Cook Village, which has a small range of accommodation (hotel rooms, lodges, chalets and camp grounds), eateries and the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre (planetarium and information centre). Mt Cook Village is 332km from Christchurch (almost a five hour drive away).
The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park was established in 1953 and contains over 140 peaks over 2,000 metres and 72 named glaciers. The English name of Mount Cook honoured Captain James Cook in 1851, whilst the Maori name 'Aoraki' or Aorangi is believed to mean 'cloud piercer'. Mount Cook’s name was officially changed to Aoraki/Mount Cook in 1998. more
Aoraki/Mount Cook is a popular tourist destination as well as a popular mountaineering, climbing and hiking challenge. Other popular activities in Mt Cook include heli skiing, heli hiking and aerial flightseeing and walks for non-climbers, taking only a couple of hours, start in or near Mount Cook Village. Visitors should pack for mountainous weather (lots of layered, warm clothing) and changeable conditions.
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Mobile-friendly - Through Southern Guides, we offer a number of biking, ski guiding and ski transport options. For something a little more relaxing, how about a Private Guided Tour?
Mobile-friendly - Hear the groan and grind of this massive moving river of ice, and feel the ice crunch underfoot as you walk on the glacier in New Zealand's big mountain country. Mt Cook Glacier Guiding invite you to enjoy spectacular views from the air, heli-hike, snowshoe, or ice climb! It's their pleasure to guide you on your alpine adventure.
Mobile-friendly - Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat High Country Estate & Luxury Villa Collection. Nestled alongside the turquoise blue waters Lake Pukaki with lake and mountain views of Aoraki Mt Cook and Ben Ohau ranges. The Retreat is on the doorstep of Mt Cook World Heritage National Park and under the gold level Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Enjoy our observatory.
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New Zealand guided walking adventures. We are a specialist adventure tour company with decades of experience running small-group tours with the best Kiwi guides. Enjoy hikes on the Milford, Routeburn and Hollyford Tracks plus Mt Cook and Arthurs Pass. See more on our website.
Mobile-friendly - Southern Alps Air provide scenic flights through New Zealand's most breathtaking landscapes. Areas you will see on our flights can include glaciers, National Parks, Mt Aspiring, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, Mt Cook, and Milford Sound. Our experienced pilots provide a friendly and professional service. During your chosen flight, enjoy a personalized commentary and uninterrupted views from your window seat.
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