Canterbury region

Tasman Glacier by moon light, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

Tasman Glacier by moonlight, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

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Aoraki/Mount Cook (70,696 hectares) is New Zealand's great alpine park. It has the highest mountains and the largest glaciers. Aoraki/Mount Cook village and all visitors to the park are dwarfed by the immensity of the landscape that surrounds them.

Aoraki/Mount Cook was formally established as a national park in 1953 from reserves that were established as early as 1887 to protect the area’s significant vegetation and landscape.

Alert/Important notice

 15 July 2014: There has been a large rock avalanche from the Hillary Ridge of Aoraki/Mount Cook, just above Endevour Col. Gardiner Hut is buried in debris and is unusable. Visitors are advised not to go into the upper Hooker Valley.


This park is located in the central part of the South Island, deep in the heart of the Southern Alps. Aoraki/Mount Cook village lies within the park with Twizel the nearest town outside.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies


Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 435 1186
Address:   1 Larch Grove
Aoraki/Mt Cook
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