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

If you like alpine scenery and happen to be in the South Island of New Zealand, you must go to Mount Cook National Park. It is not simply the highest spot of this beautiful country. The mountain itself, as well as the entire setting are nothing but magnificent!

If you make reservations well ahead of time you may stay at one of the hotels or motels; alternatively, you can camp on the site maintained by the Department of Conservation (DOC), about 2 km from the oh-so-posh Hermitage hotel. It can be found to the right of the picture above - you can't miss it...
If you like tramping (the Kiwi synonym for hiking) you should walk along the Hooker Valley. The views are simply remarkable.

Up to early summer, the hike to Muller Hut is likely to be risky, if possible at all, due to snow accumulation. Get some feedback at the DOC office, near the Hermitage hotel.

Tempted to climb the big one? Make sure you stop by the DOC office and take all advice they may have into serious consideration. The weather changes very rapidly and as a consequence, many have perished. The memorial for those who died there is a very sad spot to visit...

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  • Pros:Beautiful scenery...
  • Cons:...weather allowing!
  • Last visit to Mount Cook National Park: Nov 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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