Activities in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Tracks and walks

There are 10 short or day walks around Aoraki/Mount Cook village and into the main valleys. The most popular are to Kea Point and the Hooker valley.

For more experienced trampers there are 3 alpine routes; over the Mueller, Copland and Ball passes.

View the Walking and cycling tracks in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park brochure (PDF, 1,768K)



Other activities

Climbing: Mountaineering

Aoraki/Mount Cook and the other high peaks attract mountaineers from around the world. They should only be attempted by experienced climbers/mountaineers.

Hunting

Hunting in Aoraki/Mount Cook

Scenic flights

Regular scenic flights leave from Aoraki/Mount Cook airport.

Snow activities

Guided ski trips, suitable for intermediate skiers, can be taken down the Tasman Glacier.

Helicopters can take experienced skiers to a number of locations in the park for some wilderness experiences.

Ski touring is possible around the Tasman and Kelman huts. Alpine experience is required.

Specialist activities: Star gazing

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is one of the best places in New Zealand to view the night sky, either by yourself or with a guide. With no cities or even small towns close by, and the village with all downcast lighting, the night sky is crystal clear and ringed by mountain ranges.

Use the telescopes at the Hermitage Hotel to view Saturn's rings, Jupiter's moons, Magellanic Clouds and the various constellations that make up the night sky. Start your evening at the purpose-built planetarium at the Hermitage, before venturing out to see an amazing sparkling display.

Mountain biking

The Tasman Glacier Road

Track classification: Grade 1
Distance: 10-15 km
Time: 2 hr

Mountain biking is usually only permitted on formed roads within national parks. Opportunities therefore are limited, but some unsealed access roads can provide a scenic and pleasant ride. The Tasman Glacier Road from Mount Cook village up as far as Celmisia Flat provides a great trip.

Child/family friendly activities

Kiwi Ranger Programme

The Kiwi Ranger Programme is a free, fun and interactive way to get to know this special place. There are activities for young and old alike, and a badge is awarded on completion. More about Kiwi Ranger.

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Safety

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

Contacts

Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 435 1186
Address:   1 Larch Grove
Aoraki/Mt Cook
Email:   mtcookvc@doc.govt.nz
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