The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage area and is famous for housing Australasia’s tallest peak, Mount Cook, soaring above at 3,724 metres (12,218 feet)!
The park is a collection of stunning peaks, turbulent rivers, beautiful lakes and glaciers. A true haven for hikers and regarded by many as the best climbing region in Australasia. Mountaineer, Sir Edmund Hillary used Mount Cook to develop his climbing skills in preparation for his conquest of Everest, which gives you an idea of the sheer size of this mountain.
Treat yourself to a scenic helicopter flight or challenge yourself to one of the World’s most scenic skydives to see these stunning peaks, glaciers and lakes from above!
Visit the nearby town of Tekapo – home to the remarkable turquoise coloured lake, the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps and the starriest of skies. Join a 75 minute guided stargazing tour at the Tekapo Observatory for an unforgettable experience.
One of the most popular things to do in Tekapo is walking! There are some great walks just along or around the lake. But, if you fancy stretching your legs then we recommend the Mount John Summit Track. This hike will take you a couple of hours and requires a moderate level of fitness due to some reasonably steep ascents in places.
On the way back down, choose the longer walking option and stroll along the lake shore to the Church of the Good Shepherd. This tiny stone church was built in 1935 as a memorial to the early settlers and is now one of the most photographed buildings in the country.
Don’t miss out on a night time stargazing tour while you’re in the area. The region’s gold-rated skies are almost entirely free of light pollution making it one of the best stargazing sites on Earth. Spend a couple of hours staring at these unreal starry skies for an experience you’ll never forget.
If you’ve spent the past couple of days hiking Mt Cook and Tekapo then treat yourself to a day at Tekapo Hot Springs where they offer three-tiered Hot Pools with temperatures ranging from 36 to 40 degrees Celsius. Bliss!