Mt Cook Lodge & Motels
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Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

Glencoe Access Road Bowen Drive, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7999 New Zealand
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Mid-range
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Free parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
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Self-serve laundry
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Glencoe Access Road Bowen Drive, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7999 New Zealand
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DjengLot-onTour wrote a review Jun 2023
South Holland Province, The Netherlands
Property's Favourite Review
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It took a bit of time to find the exact location of the motel and when we finally got there, it turned out that checking in does not happen in the motel, but in the Hotel up the hill.
The studio we were in turned out to be great, really no complaints at all. During the night we ware woken up by possums walking on the roof. For us, that's all part of the experience.
For the breakfast we had to go to the hotel, but I think this is one of the most diverse and luxurious breakfasts we ever had. WOW!
Bear in mind that dining options in this town are quite limited. Dining in the hotel is on reservation-basis and the Old Mountaineers Café has very limited opening times due to continuing staff-shortages, although it is a nice place.
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Date of stay: April 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Check in at the hotel! Also check your dining options prior to arrival here. Our studio had a...
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indulgentexperiences wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for one night during January in the main hotel complex. A tip if you are planning on travelling during a busy time, book months in advance. We tried to book accommodation near Mount Cook about 8 weeks before our travel, not realising our trip coincided with Chinese New Year (which sees a huge number of Chinese tourists visiting New Zealand) and were not able to find a room anywhere within a 100 km of Mount Cook.

We ended up getting a room here when someone else cancelled a week or so before our trip but I was told that was unusual as most rooms are booked by tour companies a long way in advance and it meant we lost the non refundable booking we had at another location.

Our room in the main complex had recently been refurbished and as a result had modern furnishings. The bed was quite comfortable.

The room was pretty small with not much room to walk around the bed. Our room was in the back and our view was mainly over the back car park, but we were more concerned with the location rather than the view. It was also fairly quiet. The rooms at the front of the hotel would have much better views but do face onto the main car park and so you could expect to hear cars arriving and leaving so probably not a good choice if you don't want to be woken up early. All the rooms in the main section have balconies and if you do get a room at the front you would have great views over Mount Cook from the balcony.

The location is great, very close to the main walks around Mount Cook.

There is a buffet breakfast available for an additional NZ$19.50 each. It is pretty limited, a few cereals, bread and preserves and juice, tea and coffee but convenient if you want to head off early. With more time we would have driven to the Hermitage their sister establishment in the village which has a full buffet available.

The front desk staff weren't overly welcoming. Although we arrived at 3.45pm and check in is at 2pm we were told we would have to wait 5 minutes while they checked if the room had been cleaned as yet. Lucky our room had been cleaned but judging from the fact the whole corridor was full of bags of linen waiting to be put in the rooms a lot hadn't. If you know your arrival time I would suggest putting this in your booking to ensure they do have your room available.

Overall a decent stay but very expensive for what we got. They trade on the location and the fact that there are very limited accommodation options in the area and a lot of people like us are prepared to pay for the convenience of being near Mount Cook.
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Date of stay: January 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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FionaMc322 wrote a review Mar 2020
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked a night at the Aoraki Mt Cook Alpine Lodge but decided to make it two. That wasn't possible so we switched our booking to the Mt Cook Lodge and Motel. It is pretty expensive for what you get, a fact highlighted by what we got for much less in busy Queenstown, for the three previous nights. I requested a coffee plunger prior to arrival but none were available so it was instant coffee or one of the cafes. The fridge has no ice box. The room is quite small as were the twin beds - certainly not king singles as you might expect. The bathroom is more generous with a decent walk in shower although the fixed head is annoying and set too low in the wall for anyone tall. The large sink on the vanity has nowhere for the bar of soap so we used the wrapper to avoid a sticky mess. There is just one hook in the bathroom but no rails to hang towels so they go on the floor after use. No bin liners which is yucky if you're putting anything messy or food scraps/tea bags etc in. The toilet roll holder was too far back on the wall and the roll ended up on the floor every time we used it.
Our ground floor room had a nice view of the mountains - across the car park (two rows of parked cars). The balcony had two hard straight backed chairs but no side table, so a bit average.
The lack of free Wifi is a joke in 2020. Come on!
We ate once in the Chamois restaurant which is pricey pub food. My vege lasagne was quite nice but my companion's 'mixed kebab' consisted mostly of sausage so perhaps just call it a sausage kebab. We were offered breakfast prior to arrival (at a fully priced $33 each) but bought our own cereal/milk/fruit and op-shop plates and cutlery instead.

Really there aren't a lot of options at Mt Cook village as it's very popular. My advice is book early!
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Date of stay: March 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Ask for a view - round the back wouldn't be much fun I imagine.
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Crystalism wrote a review Jan 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the very few choices in Mount Cook. A bit confusing when I tried to book... It has everything that can accommodate from backpackers, comfortable and family stays.

There is the lodge and motels. The lodge is in the main building with the reception and the newer renovated (newer motels/chalets are located somewhere else where either you drive to the location (which most people does that) or take their shuttle van.

We booked the Lodge Room Valley View 1 King Bed (not knowing how the hotel setup is like) and luckily its in the main building. The rest of the options are more like for homestay where you want to do some cooking etc.

What I like:
Valley view - amazing!
Room looks exactly like the pictures on the internet
I forgot my travel adapter but luckily they have a USB in the room for me to charge my powerbanks.
Nice and friendly front desk staffs
The heating system works and sufficient for us (but this is summer so may be different from winter)

What I do not like:
Walls are thin, we stayed on the Ground floor and it felt like earthquake when people on the upper floor are moving around! No noise proof.
Wifi is horrible.
The kettle in our room has rice bits! Asked for a replacement the first response was they may not have anymore kettles. They did bring it in the end since the old one is so dirty!
Breakfast for almost NZD20 and it consists of cold stale bread, some juices and thats all. The whole place looks like a ghost restaurant in the morning, so did not want to spend our money there.
Too expensive for such quality. 3 star hotel setup but more expensive than 5 star hotel.
Limited food choices - only one restaurant

I also found out that the even more expensive Hermitage is their most luxurious option. Which costs 2x of any 5 star hotel in the city... We took the shuttle van to the other side - shuttle van drivers are very cold so don't expect any friendliness from them. Just doing their job.

Unfortunately, this seems to be the only "decent" option available in Aoraki which is really small. Of course Hermitage is better but not worth paying double so thats why we picked this. Food in this place is also super overpriced for really poor quality. The whole area seems like a rip off anyway, so if I do return there's really not much options and this might be a revisit, but will ask for the upper floor.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Endicott_Redbird wrote a review Apr 2020
Omaha, Nebraska
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our motel room was clean, good sized, adequately appointed, and appeared to have been recently refurbished. The view from our balcony was down the valley rather than of the mountains. This was fine as we could sit out and see the stars at night. (I believe I could have chosen to pay more for mountain views.) Our meals at the Chamois Bar and Old Mountaineer's Cafe were good and service was efficient. This was the most expensive lodging on our New Zealand vacation, but the location is remote and the scenery is spectacular. I felt $5/day internet access was uncalled for given the price of the room.
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Date of stay: March 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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oztravela7 wrote a review Jan 2020
Western Australia, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked very early and paid a fairly steep price to secure accommodation in the village. It was worth it. Modern and newly renovated motel unit with a separate bedroom for the kids. A small lounge area. Large bathroom and cooking facilities. The high ceilings also make the room feel more spacious. Great little back patio with partial views of mount cook and many of the surrounding mountains. It has a really quiet and secluded feel which was nice and we were even visited by rabbits on the back lawn area which was a real highlight for the kids. Easy walk to the chamois bar for dinner and a short drive up to the hermitage for coffee and other options. Really enjoyed our stay. Mount cook is a must visit and although it’s expensive you can’t beat staying right in the village.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Anne S wrote a review Feb 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at this hotel at start of A2O cycle ride. A hire bike for us had been delivered to the front of the lodge and the helmet, battery/charger and information pack had been left at reception. We asked a total of 5 staff members and none of them were able to locate our goods. We ended up ringing the bike company to double check that they had left it and they said yes, it was in the side office. The same staff member looked in the room 3 times before coming out with our quite large pile of goods - no apology. Dinner in the restaurant was expensive and very poor quality. $19 for cereal and fruit for breakfast was a total rip-off. Our room had a great view and was clean and comfortable. On leaving the next morning we asked for directions to the start of the cycle trail - staff member didn't know, suggested just biking down the road and she was sure we'd find it. Definitely wouldn't stay again.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Demetrio V wrote a review Jan 2020
Shanghai, China
3.0 of 5 bubbles
First thing I have to say is that despite the motel & lodge “official” denomination, the place is quite expensive. We spent 185€ for 1 night, not bad at all for a motel!!
The only very very good thing about the place is the view, but only if you choose a room which has one, otherwise you will just see an awful parking and the rear of the hotel. And even between rooms with view, better ask for those at first floor because at ground floor you are at the same level of a parking, so first thing you see is cars. But then, in the back, the view of the mountains is just amazing, this is undeniable.
Let’s talk about the room. It’s big and modern, but super super cold and common. Honestly we have the impression of being in a fancy hospital rather than a motel. I was not looking for traditional design or architecture, but the design of these rooms is almost surgical, from lighting to materials to the lack of pieces of furniture (in the bathroom there is one small shelf, that’s all!).
We had breakfast included, and that was good since we had to take it at the Hermitage, the luxury brother hotel of our motel.
Resuming, if I had to do it again I would probably spend more and go to the Hermitage directly rather than choosing this in between situation.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Shontelle F wrote a review Mar 2020
New South Wales, Australia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice service - not sure who served us exactly, but upon check in was a woman and check out was a man, and both were very pleasant and friendly. Decently clean rooms but completely overpriced for what they are, but that is to be expected as the area is quite remote with very few options. The room had an adjoining door to the room next door, and the doors don't open obviously without the key, but from the look of them, it doesn't entirely make you feel safe that they don't open. So many mosquitoes in the room and the bed almost felt like paper and was really annoying that you had to pay for WiFi. Although, location is spectacular and really enjoyed dinner at the restaurant.
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Date of stay: February 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Munrox wrote a review Mar 2020
London, UK
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in a motel chalet rather than the more upmarket Hermitage hotel which is on the same site. Really those are the choices up here - it's all pretty remote. Our hut was comfy enough for a couple of nights and contained catering facilities/tea/coffee/milk. The site was spread out over a fairly large 'campus' type area and our room was up a rough approach path/road - it took a couple of circuits to find it. The catering options are limited up here. We went for the cafeteria type food in the Lodge which was fairly average. A fine dining option is available up at Hermitage hotel but it looked overpriced. Best thing about this motel was the dark sky overhead if you went out after dark - fab stars and view of the Milky Way.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Answer from mart888
Bebington, United Kingdom256 contributions80 helpful votes
why not email the property, we had some questions before we stayed there and the response was fairly quick
Answer from Ching Liang C
Singapore, Singapore252 contributions52 helpful votes
We stayed there in March 2019. The place is extremely clean and we did not see any old.
Jimmy Ong asked a question Jun 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia861 contributions290 helpful votes
Is there AC in the room? If no, will it be hot in Dec and difficult to sleep?
Answer from stephen b
Forster, Australia150 contributions93 helpful votes
Yes the rooms are air conditioned. While December is summe, at that altitude, you won’t be too hot, I think. Windows in the room do actually open!
Answer from boaster
horsham1,588 contribution326 helpful votes
We had a problem with Wi-fi on the first night in one of the family rooms. We complained to reception. There was a problem with their connectivity to our room and had to use reception area that night. It worked. The following day we were offered and accepted a different but similar room and Wi-fi was as good as anywhere. We are there a further 2 nights without problem at all and I was uploading huge amounts of data.
ColleenBadger wrote a tip Mar 2024
Nanaimo, Canada77 contributions25 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring your own food, we had a kitchen but the nearest store was over 60 kms away."
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CGN wrote a tip Mar 2024
Upminster, United Kingdom4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Studio 317 has fantastic views of Aoraki/Mt Cook"
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GatorEEChick wrote a tip Mar 2024
Savage, Maryland239 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The breakfast buffet at the main hotel is definitely worth it; Chamois Bar & Grill is a great budget friendly dinner option with yummy food"
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Compacttravel wrote a tip Nov 2023
6 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book well in advance. This is a very popular place."
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jmilaz2 wrote a tip Nov 2023
New Orleans, Louisiana5 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pack earplugs, plan to buy coffee if you don’t like instant"
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mt Cook Lodge & Motels
Which popular attractions are close to Mt Cook Lodge & Motels?
Nearby attractions include Aoraki/Mt. Cook (0.2 km), Hooker Valley Track (4.2 km), and Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks (6.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Mt Cook Lodge & Motels?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Mt Cook Lodge & Motels?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Mt Cook Lodge & Motels?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mt Cook Lodge & Motels?
Conveniently located restaurants include Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, Alpine Restaurant, and The Panorama Restaurant.
Is Mt Cook Lodge & Motels located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Mt. Cook Village.
Are any cleaning services offered at Mt Cook Lodge & Motels?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does Mt Cook Lodge & Motels have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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