This world-class visitor centre is a 'must-do' activity during your visit to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Entry is free.


DOC visitor centres are open at Alert Level 2

 To keep our staff and visitors safe we ask you to:

  • wear your mask
  • record your visit by signing in or scanning our QR code poster
  • stay 2 metres away from people you don’t know.

More about DOC's response to COVID-19.

The spectacular Aoraki/Mount Cook visitor centre introduces visitors from all over the world to the wonders of the national park. 

The visitor centre building is an attraction in itself, featuring a large picture window looking out to the mountain Aoraki. You can easily spend half a day exploring the artwork collection, interpretation exhibits and watching DVDs about the area.

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre.
Outside the visitor centre
Image: Simon Devitt © 

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre.
Inside the visitor centre
Image: Simon Devitt ©

Visitor centre services

  • Information on the walks, attractions and activities in the park and local environs.
  • An intentions system provided for climbers and trampers to sign in when they enter and leave Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
  • Great New Zealand retail products available.
  • A booking agent for all local tourism activities.

There are no banks at Aoraki/Mount Cook Village but EFTPOS facilities are available. 

Getting there

Drive into Aoraki/Mount Cook village on SH80 then turn right at the T intersection. The visitor centre is located in the heart of the village and is well signposted.

Opening hours

Open daily. Free entrance.

  • Summer peak season (October – April) 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Winter off-peak season (May – September) 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 435 1186
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   1 Larch Grove
Aoraki/Mt Cook
Postal Address:   PO Box 5
Aoraki/Mt Cook 7946
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