Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (New Zealand)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Vašek Vinklát

Two dozen peaks above 3000 meter

Covers a large part of the Southern Alps
Includes 23 peaks over 3000 meters including the highest one in New Zealand (Mt Cook)

New Zealand has no shortage of spectacular scenery, but try beating that of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and I guarantee you will struggle. This is after all considered the best climbing terrain in all of Australasia!

Covering a large part of the Southern Alps, this national park is home to New Zealand's tallest peak at 3753 metres as well as nearly two dozen other peaks measuring over 3000 meter. Process that. The park around Mount Cook has a size of roughly 700 square kilometers, of which some 40% is covered by glaciers. The rest of the park features mostly Alpine scenery ranging from glacial lakes to meadows, snow fields, pine forests and rivers. And of course there are always those towering peaks rising up above you, on clear days anyways.

The visitor centre can be found in the small Mount Cook Village, serving as a starting point for climbers and any activity here you can think of (horse treks, fishing, scenic flights, and so on). Note that due to its location so close to the Tasman Sea, bad weather can blow in unexpectedly and the conditions are known to change rapidly here. [Review by travelindicator]


Key info

  • Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a region in New Zealand. It is situated at an altitude of 12211ft and the best airport to fly into is MON (Mount Cook Airport, Mount Cook)
  • The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
  • The currency used in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar (NZD)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
70 70 68 61 57 52 50 52 59 61 64 68

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
1.8 1.5 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.1 1.3 1.3 1.1 1.8 1.7 2

More Aoraki Mount Cook National Park travel resources

There are plenty of great resources on the park to be found online. To start with the basics, you can go to either Wikitravel or Newzealand.com. You can then go on to gawk at the stunning photos at Young Adventuress or We12travel. Don't forget to look at Mtcooknz.com either.


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