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We spent 3 weeks on the South Island and the three days here were the high point. The ever changing weather makes the scenery different from one hour, maybe minute, to the next. There are a variety of good trails. Be sure to spend some...More
Had a gorgeous day there today. Clear skies as far as the eyes can see. Stop by the Visitor Center/neat place. You’ll find lots of info on what to do according to your personal adventure. We got in town around 10:30. Bought our lunch to...More
Aoraki/ Mount Cook is stunning in all types of weather. The raw and rugged NZ landscape is overwhelmingly beautiful. A must see! Stay for a couple of days to get the full experience including hiking and guided tours.
We thought would like to stay here before our Hooker Valley track in the next day (20 minutes drive from our camp site with 15 minutes free wifi), but figured it out that their camp site were too basic (no kitchen & toilet without shower),...More
We stayed in our campervan at the Mount Cook National Park DOC park. It was basic, but still so interesting, especially the chance to meet with so many travellers from around the world. The scenery here is so different. It is definitely one place that...More
The Mount Cook national park is a must see place. Even better if you stay over at the Village or at the Hermitage hotel.
There is stunning scenery most everywhere in New Zealand but Mount Cook takes it to a whole new level.
As we have come to expect in New Zealand the visitor centre has a wealth of information and obliging staff.
You may find that parking nearby requires some persistent searching, but it is worth the effort. As you leave wander round to the left and...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.