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Mount Cook Village or Lake Tekapo?

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Mount Cook Village or Lake Tekapo?


En route to Christchurch we want to stop and relax and do some (not so serious) walking. Any recommendations on where to base ourselves? We were thinking of one of the above two places for a couple of nights.

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1. Re: Mount Cook Village or Lake Tekapo?

They are so different that you will get many different opinions. Tekapo is a tourist village with quite a few restaurants. At night there is the Mt John Observatory. I'm a Mt Cook fan - you are right in the National park and there are so many beautiful walks ranging from the short Governor's Bush to the more challenging Mueller Hut. Limited (expensive) food choices. I have stayed at Glentanner a few times and find it convenient to the National Park.

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2. Re: Mount Cook Village or Lake Tekapo?

Hi moooose,

Mt Cook is my favourite for walks. The Hooker Valley is just stunning and the views are amazing. You feel so small surrounded by those towering snow capped mountains. We stayed at the Hermitage Motels and didn't find the restaurant too expensive. You can always self cater and still go to the bar for drinks & to mingle.

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3. Re: Mount Cook Village or Lake Tekapo?

Aoraki MT Cook (it's proper name!) has walks for all levels. It caters for those in Zimmer frames and for those who take climbing seriously. (It doesn't get much more serious) There are quite a few boardwalks heading towards the mountain or you could fly up the mountain to the Tasman Glacier. Just remember, if you are heading off the board walk and up the actual mountain, the weather changes very quickly.

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