Mount Cook Area Travel Guide

Mount Cook Area Travel Guide

New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook, gives its name to the 355,518ha Mount Cook National Park, a stunning wilderness of mountains, glaciers, snowfields, tussock and riverbed. Mount Cook Village, at the park’s southern end, is the place to find out more about the scenic Mount Cook area. The visitor centre has information on alpine guide services and facilities for climbers and hikers in Mount Cook area, and can also arrange scenic flights over the glaciers.

The country towns of Twizel and Fairlie make a great base for exploring the Mount Cook area, and lovely Lake Tekapo, famous for its turquoise waters, is perfect for a tranquil nature break, with clean air, snow-capped mountains and superb fishing. Lake Ohau and Otemata are popular year round for visitors, with swimming, fishing, boating and walking trails, or take to the skies and go gliding at Omarama, New Zealand’s Gliding Capital.