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Air Safaris

The award-winning 'Grand Traverse' of Mount Cook and the glaciers is one of New Zealand's most spectacular alpine flights. A 50-minute experience c...

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Glacier Explorers

Let Glacier Explorers take you on an amazing encounter with New Zealand's largest glacier, the Tasman Glacier. Depart from The Hermitage and journe...

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Glentanner Park Centre

Situated just 18km from Aoraki Mt Cook National Park in sheltered surroundings with outstanding views of Aoraki Mt Cook, Glentanner Park Centre is ...

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The Helicopter Line - Mt Cook

From the iconic locations of Mount Cook, Twizel, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier and Queenstown - The Helicopter Line can take you on a scenic fli...

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Tekapo Springs

Whether it's a relaxing soak in the pools, an indulgent treatment at the day spa, or an adrenaline filled ride down the snow tubing slope, Tekapo S...

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Big Sky Stargazing

A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world's greatest explorers, the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre showcases...

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Things to do > Out and about

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park: home to our own Everest

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock, with 19 peaks over 3000 metres, including New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook (3754 metres). 

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Aoraki Mount Cook Village

There are several fantastic walks around the village that provide views of Aoraki Mount Cook and the surrounding native alpine bush and area.

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Lake Matheson Walk

The unsurpassed views and mountain reflections from the forested shores of Lake Matheson make this easy walk one of the most popular on the West Coast.

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Tasman Valley walking tracks

The Tasman Glacier, 29km long and up to 3km wide, can be viewed from the short walks that start at the Blue Lakes Shelter.

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State Highway 6: roadtripping at its best

Drive the length of the South Island, skirting the West Coast and traversing through the Southern Alps, and experience bountiful roadtripping at its very best.

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Southern stars: see the rare but spectacular Aurora Australis

See the rare but spectacular Aurora Australis from the only dark sky reserve in the southern hemisphere, the 4300-square kilometre UNESCO Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, which includes Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and the villages of Lake Tekapo, Twizel and Mount Cook.

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park: the symbolic, iconic peak that is the snapshot of the south.

Explore stunning snowy mountainscapes, turquoise glacier-fed lakes and the snow tussock grassland of the alpine valley floor where access to breathtaking landscapes and the Kiwi spirit of adventure is endless.

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The Hermitage: a haven for the adventurous

Not much has changed of the view from the Hermitage from the day it was opened in 1884. Jagged, snowy peaks in every direction, and the fast-flowing Hooker River pretty much flowing past the front door.

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Lake Tekapo: shimmering beauty

Storyteller John McCrystal explores the great high-tussock plains beyond the first range of mountains bordering the Canterbury region that are collectively known as the Mackenzie Country or the Mackenzie Basin (named after a stockman, by the way, who drove 1000 head of sheep this way in 1855).

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South Westland: a wonder of the world

If you want the sandfly experience in a UNESCO World Heritage area, then you’ll just have to go to South Westland writes John McCrystal.

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