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It is our recommendation and feedback from customers that one flight with Mt. Cook Ski Planes and Helicopters, plus a visit to eat from a local cafe is more than enough time spent on organised activities. It is nice to keep half the day free to immerse yourself in this alpine paradise and embark on one of the walks below along with a visit to either the museum  or info centre.


Departs from the car park, past the Blue Lakes shelter.

The Sir Edmund Hillary Cafe + Bar

Located inside the iconic Hermitage Hotel, this casual self-service cafe offers a wide range of food options including sandwiches, wraps and pizzas to enjoy on the sun-drenched balcony or pack up and take on a walk around the National Park. The cafe is also home to the world's first retractible ski plane, famous for making the first snow landing on the Tasman Glacier.

The Old Mountaineers Cafe

The Old Mountaineers is a locally-owned cafe that serves excellent organic coffee and has some excellent food options including burgers and pizza, all while taking in the spectacular views of Aoraki through the large glass windows. The cafe supports Organic & Free range food and was recommended by Lonely Planet as "their top pick".

The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Museum + Theatre

Discover the history of this iconic region. A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world's greatest explorers. The centre showcases the Aoraki | Mt Cook region, its people and its tremendous triumph, a great place for those interested in exploring.

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre

The Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre is a 'must-do' activity when visiting the area. Learn about the surrounding walks and take in the stunning view of Aoraki | Mt. Cook from the large picture window inside. Explore the artwork collection and interpretation exhibits.


We know it’s so hard to choose just a few activities…they all look so amazing! Now that you’ve selected your bucket-list worth day, select the date below, click Book Now and add on your activities as Extras.

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