From snowshoeing on a mountain to soaring over glaciers to gazing deep into the night sky, this experience is loaded with breathtaking places for you to explore. All that, plus a couple of great places to grab a bite and unwind with a few drinks. After all, even the most intrepid explorer has to kick off those boots once in a while!
The road less travelled provides the greatest perspective!
Come along with Tasman Valley 4WD Tours for a rugged back road 4WD adventure accessing awe-inspiring views over the Tasman Glacier and its gigantic moraine wall. You will get to stop at several vantage points and have the opportunity to walk up to the top of the Tasman Glacier moraine wall to view some of the most spectacular photographic opportunities within the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
Your professional guide has a wealth of knowledge of the Aoraki/Mount Cook area. Learn about the area, its unique geology, local flora & fauna and get an entertaining insight into the rich pioneering history and stories of the past 150 years.
Experience the wonders of the universe with Dark Sky Project. Based in Lake Tekapo, in the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, Dark Sky Project operate stargazing and observatory tours at two exclusive sites – the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory, and Cowan’s Observatory. Explore the cosmos with their knowledgeable and passionate guides as they share with you the abundant celestial wonders in our southern skies – planets, star clusters, nebulae, and more.
During the day, hike or drive up to Mt John and take advantage of magnificent 360-degree panoramic views of the Mackenzie Basin. There are two hiking tracks available from the Lake Tekapo township, or visitors can drive up the excellent sealed alpine road, $8 access fee per vehicle. The Astro Café on the Mt John summit also offers a wide selection of beverages and food for everyone.
Alpine Guides is a collection of short, fun and easily accessible mountain trips – all professionally guided.
Explore a glacier, try ice climbing, challenge yourself on a peak, or stay overnight at a fantastic alpine hut.
Alpine Guides are skilled professionals, inspired through sharing their passion for our mountain landscapes.
Witness the beauty of the Tasman Glacier Lake and the stunning ice formations from above as you fly over the spectacular Tasman Glacier in a helicopter. Once you descend and step foot onto the ice, breathe in the fresh alpine air as your guide introduces you to the world of the Tasman Glacier. This is a unique experience and one you’ll never forget.
The heli-hike takes you on an exploration of the Tasman Glacier, the longest in New Zealand. Your guide will lead you on a journey over the white ice of the glacier with an interpretative trek, and you will spend up to 2 hours in the mountains.
Nestled in the beautiful Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, the Hermitage Hotel is the perfect base for your next adventure. Recognised as part of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area, the National Park is a breathtaking environment of glaciers, terminal lakes, turbulent rivers and Australasia’s tallest peak the mighty Aoraki/Mount Cook soaring above at 3,724 metres.
The iconic Hermitage Hotel is home to a selection of restaurants and bars as well as a range of activities to allow you to explore the wonder of Aoraki/Mount Cook. Their comfortable rooms offer all modern conveniences including complimentary Wi-Fi and spectacular views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and the Southern Alps.
Explore the wonders of the Tasman Glacier with Glacier Explorers, experience the unique Tasman Valley 4WD Tours or view some of the world’s darkest skies with Big Sky Stargazing. Aoraki/Mount Cook is famed for its range of walks and hikes, be guided into the heart of the national park with Ultimate Hikes Day Walks or relax and enjoy the visual extravaganza of the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.