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Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

89 Terrace Road, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7946, New Zealand
+64 800 686 800
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Loved all the information. Enjoyed the displays! Great location for this, in mount cook! Highly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New Zealand
Befitting Place Dedicated to the Life of a Legend!

It is a befitting place dedicated to the life of a legend - Sir Edmund Hillary. I was always... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
New Delhi, India
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Designed to educate and entertain, the centre features a spectacular state-of-the-art 3D movie, New Zealand's first full dome digital Planetarium and Museum which documents the pioneering heart of the region and features the impressive Hillary Gallery. The cafe and bar area offers indoor and outdoor seating and floor to ceiling mountain views.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“star gazing” (43 reviews)
“mount cook” (46 reviews)
“clear night” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
89 Terrace Road, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7946, New Zealand
+64 800 686 800

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved all the information. Enjoyed the displays! Great location for this, in mount cook! Highly recommended!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a befitting place dedicated to the life of a legend - Sir Edmund Hillary. I was always fascinated by the achievements of Sir Ed while growing up, and seeing so many memorabilia related to him at this place was an amazing experience. 3D...More

Thank Blitzkrieg3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed for 2 nights at Aoraki/Mt. Cook and booked to stargaze the first night. It was bucketing down with rain so we only did the indoor portion which was a movie viewing about the stars, solar system and the galaxy. After consulting the guides,...More

Thank leonn812
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Situated at the foot of Mount Cook in Mckenzie country this is a must for any visiter to the South Island of New Zealand. Lots of history here. Enterance to the centre through the hotel. Buy your ticket at the counter in the shop. Bring...More

Thank HenkvanZyl
Reviewed 4 June 2017

There's nothing... I mean nothing quite like standing under a pitch dark sky on the south island of New Zealand, in a small group with two... yes TWO star experts equipped with powerful telescopes and a mountain of knowledge. The entire group, as diverse as...More

Thank BAR787
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Enjoyed seeing what was accomplished by Mr Hillary in his training in the area and knowing he conquering Everest

Thank freeone2011
Reviewed 25 May 2017

We really enjoyed the two movies we saw. They were well presented and had great content. The Museum was very interesting and had great date on both the Hermitage, climbing and Ed Hillary. Highly recommend

Thank BoneCutlet
Reviewed 22 May 2017

A good overall history of the early pioneering days of the Hermitage Hotel and a very fitting tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary. Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre does a great job presenting the life and times of this great gentleman. In addition there is a...More

Thank Connexus2
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Fascinating way to spend a couple of hours or a day when the weather dictates. Amazing range of displays and movies outlining the history of Mt Cook and the exploits of Sir Edmund Hillary himself including his mountaineering exploits and his Antarctic expeditions. Great value...More

Thank WilliamRG2014
Reviewed 18 May 2017

I spent an entire day here, alternating between the museum exhibits, the planetarium and theatre shows, and the cafe. They have a great selection of movies and shows. The documentaries on Sir Edmund Hillary and the Mountain Rescuers were especially interesting. As someone who is...More

Thank Kathryn Z
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Response from HenkvanZyl | Reviewed this property |
At least 2 hours
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10 April 2017|
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Response from plumeria54 | Reviewed this property |
We were there 2 weeks ago and it wasn't very crowded. If you are interested in the nighttime Sky tour, book it in advance if possible since that was filled up when we got there. Enjoy the walks, especially the one to... More
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Response from jOHN5H | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I have photographed at Lake Pukaki recently and its amazing, just from the dam wall, the whole sky is filled with more stars than you would ever see in city areas. Out of Wanaka and Queenstown townships are also... More