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