Holidays to Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home to New Zealand’s highest mountain, longest glaciers and expansive snow fields. Photographers relish the challenges here, trying to capture the extraordinary mountains as they reflect in the lakes and their mood changes with the weather.  

With 19 peaks over 3,000 metres tall, it’s a mountaineer’s haven and a training ground for those wanting to eventually attempt Everest. That said, you don’t have to be the next Edmund Hillary to enjoy this place – gentle mountain walks that lead to alpine pools and herb fields, spotting mountain parrots en route, is more than enough adventure for most. Even families can enjoy the rugged scenery by choosing one of three short and easy walks, including Governor’s Bush Walk, Kea Point Walk and Hooker Valley Walk that are clearly marked by the park authorities and have access to good facilities.   

The skiing is excellent here. Helicopters and ski-planes deposit ski bunnies onto the park's glaciers in what promises to be an unforgettable experience. The Tasman Glacier, the largest in New Zealand, is a solid choice for intermediate skiers, while those looking for more of a challenge will appreciate the tests posed by Murchison, Darwin and Bonney glaciers.  

A huge draw of Mount Cook National Park comes after the sun goes down – its extraordinary, dazzling night sky. Far from the spoiling city lights, the region enjoys some of the darkest skies in New Zealand and is part of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. At Big Sky Stargazing, visitors can get acquainted with the sky from the planetarium, before astronomy guides escort budding stargazers to a prime viewing area to use telescopes and astronomy binoculars to investigate the star-studded skies.  

Highlights

  • The perfect playground for the most daring climbers

  • Great walking and hiking tracks

  • An astounding night sky to admire

Caroline
Senior New Zealand Travel Designer
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After a flying visit out to see friends many years ago, New Zealand has well and truly captured my heart and will forever be my spiritual home. I have since spent over a year living and working in various locations across the country, including the incredible and remote Stewart Island. The adventurous and charming locals, unbelievable vistas, world class wine and unique and fascinating wildlife keep me making the journey back out year after year. You really do have to see it for yourself!

Mount Cook National Park Trip Ideas

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Map of Mount Cook National Park