Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Rachel D
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
The 3D film was not showing when we visited today, nor is it running (we were told) for the next week or so due to technical issues. We didn’t learn this until after we’d already paid full price for tickets. When we asked where we could see the film and why it was full price if it wasn’t showing, we were told that the price paid was for the “museum,” and that the film was something that normally came free with the museum ticket—not part of the museum itself. Utter rubbish, as the museum advertises itself as having a state of the art 3D film experience. The “museum” is just a room of picture panels from Hilary’s life and about the history of the hotel. I can’t believe they had the audacity to charge so much without telling us the film wasn’t running, and to not even apologize or offer a refund when we complained. Seems like a money-grabbing venture for the hotel using Hilary’s name and fame for financial gain.
Written February 23, 2023
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Trent C
Wellington, New Zealand30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
This place feels a little corporate- using Hillary’s image to sell souvenirs to tourists.

That said, it has some interesting artefacts - restores tractors from polar expeditions, a ski plane, and a vintage truck. These make it worthwhile.
Written July 9, 2020
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Kiwifreespirits
Auckland, New Zealand115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
We visited this exhibition on our last visit a few years ago and wanted to have another look . We again really enjoyed looking at the memorabilia on display . It is much more than an exhibition on Sir Edmund Hilary as important as this undoubtedly is . Even in respect of Sir Ed it is a reminder of his Antartic adventures and achievements which understandably tend to be overshadowed by the legend of Everest .There is excellent information on other notable mountaineers and also the very interesting history of Mt Cook Airlines and the the Mt Cook area including developement over the years . Well worth a visit . Last time we also watched the excellent film in the theaterette but skipped it this time. Not sure how often the fil runs at the moment as unusual times with less visitors about
Written March 2, 2021
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand785 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Was a bit disappointed as not that much information about Sir Ed. The cafe was roped off so we could get anything and it was pretty small with not a lot to see. The information centre has more information. Paid $20 each to enter.
Written November 26, 2022
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dbl201
Palm Beach, Australia75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We've been there before some years ago with some American friends and the four of us revisited it again. This place is fabulous, great scenery, interesting visit to the Edmond Hillary Museum. The planetarium session was a bit disappointing, partly because we could hardly hear the script read by a young man (without much enthusiasm in my view).
At the alpine centre, the food was good, plenty of choices and the staff generally very kind. Accommodation was excellent at the Aoraki Motel, well appointed cabins and friendly owner.

Written November 26, 2023
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米老鼠
Christchurch, New Zealand24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
It's a small museum plus a theater playing documentary about Sir Edmund Hillary. Good experience and to know this great Kiwi. Super friendly staff and she is very helpful, i rate her 5 stars. Well done.
是一个非常小的博物馆和中等大小的电影放映室。播放第一个等上珠穆朗玛的人的一些纪录片。非常友善的员工,感谢你
Written July 14, 2021
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Sue2ieq
Auckland, New Zealand13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Exorbitant price for what is there! We were told it would take 30 to 40 mins to make our way around.... we were done in 10. Happy to pay ... but not more than $10. I've been to far better museums for way less money. Very frustrated!
Written April 11, 2023
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Jibby9
Lakes Entrance, Australia285 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great content and you even get to watch a movie at your leisure. Well worth it if you already have an interest in Sir Edmund Hillary but if you've never heard of him, then perhaps do your homework before you go in. Great photos and paraphernalia from his famous treks.
Written November 7, 2023
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Talia S
Christchurch, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
I admired Sir Edmund Hilary before I went to the centre that bears his name. I came away respecting him even more. He faced tragedy and triumph in his life and remained a good, humble Kiwi bloke.
Written October 26, 2020
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Julie A
Manchester, United Kingdom12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
I went to Mt Cook Village specifically for stargazing. we paid 180 NZ dollars for two of us to go on this trip. The evening started at around 10.30pm with a short film in the planetarium but the projector was broken and so a large portion of the display was blank. Then we were taken in a bus to a site about 10 mins away from the hotel, where we were herded into a shed and told to stay inside until the other group were finished. After about 10mins we were allowed outside and given a pathetic introduction to the sky by a non-native English speaker who seemed to know littte or no astronomy. None of the guides had any real knowledge of astronomy at all. When I asked what telescopes they were using .. they said "I dont know". They were unable to navigate around the night sky and did not know the names of the major constellations or the main bright stars. The telescopes were also not set up properly and had either been knocked out of position or were out of focus. There were long queues at each telescope and most of the tourists were clueless about what they were seeing. After about 30 mins another coach load arrived and we were told our time was up and back into the coach. A complete waste of money. On the plus side, we were lucky enough to have clear skies and so by walking just a little way out of the village you get get excellent stargazing on your own for no cost whatsoever. My tip (as someone from N hemisphere who was unfamiliar with southern skies) put some decent astro software on your phone/laptop e.g Stellarium and use that to learn the sky instead.
Written December 21, 2017
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