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All reviews mount cook hooker valley great displays informative displays flora and fauna natural beauty worth the effort weather conditions on display gift shop fantastic views kea point new zealand few hours surrounding area couple of hours south island
We arrived in Mount Cook village on a very snowy afternoon and so decided to go and have a look in the visitor centre and were so pleased we did! There are numerous displays with history and information on the area and you can easily...More
Quiet, remote, majestic and astounding. It was one of the best scenic areas to be seen and believed. Take a hike from Hooker Valley and you will be more than rewarded by the sheer majesty of the mountains.
What a stunning place! The whole area is magnificent and the mountains are so impressive and dramatic. We did the kea walk to the glacier which was an easy 1hour return walk from the car park. The air is so fresh and the colours and...More
A bit of old, a bit of new, the future, information on keeping oneself safe, equipment, videos and helpful staff. It is all here. The history of the park, the splendour of the views and the in creasing tourism traffic and need for infrastructure is...More
You'll find the Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre in the middle of the Village snuggled up next to the iconic Hermitage Hotel. This is one of the better Visitor Centres we have visited on South Island. Opening hours are 8.30-4.30pm daily.
In short, this...More
There are more than 3 tracks there, we had down the hooker valley track, about 3 hours return. Low level fitness, suit family and group of different ages people. Great view too! We only did the track for winter season, looking forward to do again...More
This has got to be one of the best visitors centres I have ever been into. The weather on the day we arrived was terrible and we were really wondering what we were going to do before checking into accomodation as the walks and flights...More
The views are absolutely epic. It just takes your breath away to see this iconic mountain range from two valley’s.
There are helicopter, ski planes and jet boat options to consider.
For hikes, we did two shorter ones. One to Tasman glacier and the other...More
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I recently saw A British woman's very negative commentary on the DOC Visitor Center; her remarks seemed to be completely at odds with what we experienced in several hours at the visitor center, and I could not but wonder if... More
I recently saw A British woman's very negative commentary on the DOC Visitor Center; her remarks seemed to be completely at odds with what we experienced in several hours at the visitor center, and I could not but wonder if she was referring to some other facility -- perhaps the Hermitage Hotel's Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center, which is mainly a large, expensive, very disappointing shop with IMEX movies. We would advise others not to waste their time at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center [in spite of the illustrious associations with its name].
It is very important to note that we found the DOC Visitor Center to be one of the best facilities of its kind. It is free; its staff is knowledgeable and they provide very effective information; it houses interesting exhibits and videos; and it has a sign-in register to keep track of hikers and climbers.