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Mount Cook National Park Travel Guide: 37 reviews and 157 photos

New Zealands treasure highland

Mt Cook was formally gazetted as a national park, in October 1953, born out of reserves that were established as early as 1887 to protect the area’s significant vegetation and landscape.

Walking
There are 10 short or day walks around Aoraki Mt 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.


Skiing
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.

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

Scenic flights
Regular scenic flights leave from Aoraki Mt Cook airport.

Remember this important information
The alpine tramping routes in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park are not for the inexperienced. The weather conditions can be severe and groups attempting the trips must be properly equipped and well prepared.
Your group should have a capable leader and everyone must carry a sleeping bag, sufficient high energy food (with some extra for emergencies), a waterproof raincoat and over trousers, gloves, a hat, and several layers of warm (wool or fleece) clothing.

Take sun cream and sunglasses, summer or winter. Your group will also need a first aid kit, portable stove, fuel, cooking utensils and a map and compass (along with someone who knows how to use them). Boots and specialised equipment are necessary (ice axe and crampons are a minimum).

During and after heavy snow falls avalanches are possible. Please check at the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre for up-to-date information on weather and track conditions. Fill in an intention form and remember to let them know when you have completed your trip.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Awesome view
  • Cons:Weather changes quick
  • In a nutshell:The weather just became fine when i was leaving
  • Last visit to Mount Cook National Park: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated Dec 11, 2004
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