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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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Inspiring experience

Adults and children (8yrs & 11yrs) were excited and engaged from the planetarium show and... read more

Reviewed April 28, 2016
Sydney, Australia
via mobile
Good but more about the hotel

The centre was interesting but seemed to be more about the Heritage than about the mountains. We... read more

Reviewed April 26, 2016
Brockville, Canada
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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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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 April 28, 2016 via mobile

Adults and children (8yrs & 11yrs) were excited and engaged from the planetarium show and throughout the stargazing. The planetarium show setup the evening well, as we learnt a lot and were made to feel a very small part of the known Galaxy. I would...More

Thank alundevans
Reviewed April 26, 2016

The centre was interesting but seemed to be more about the Heritage than about the mountains. We enjoyed to film about the 100 year climbing of Mt Cook

Thank Lounsburys
Reviewed April 25, 2016

An integrating showcase of the life of Hillary and the various progression of climbing in both New Zealand and the world.

Thank Geraldine R
Reviewed April 20, 2016

Without a cloud in the sky, we decided to try the stargazing at Mt. Cook. Our guide was very knowledgeable, showing us constellations and planets while orienting us to the southern sky. Overall a good experience.

Thank Marge D
Reviewed April 19, 2016

Displays and information about Sir Edmund and his adventures. Theatre attached had some very interesting movies about the mountains and also the local area.

Thank AnnekSydney
Reviewed April 19, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the show stayed for all the movies @ $20 per person, was well worth our drive back from twiszel.The toilets are wonderful. The information around the Hillary ctr very good

Thank Debra B
Reviewed April 17, 2016

It was expensive for the spent there but if you plan well worth it. Excellent 3D movie and well thought out displays.

Thank Christine R
Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

It was the perfect day to drive to Mt Cook and the Alpine centre. Must watch the brilliantly done 3D movie. Wish we had time to watch other movies too. The restaurant there is nice and what an amazing view to Mt Cook from there!

Thank Raz K
Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

We spent few hours at the Centre and also watched brilliantly made 3D film at theatre. The exhibits and signages are nicely displayed with inspiring tales from life of Sir Edmond Hillary,the legendary mountaineer. The quotations on the walls reflect extraordinary capabilities of Hillary and...More

Thank Madan Gopal M
Reviewed April 13, 2016

Easy drive to reach this amazing centre. Stopped at Lake Pukaki "I Centre" first and got some fresh smoked salmon (from the lake - and so fresh) on the way. The drive around the lake was wonderful! Very cloudy/overcast day but the views as you...More

Thank AussieJanEtte
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Fay W
We will be in Mt Cook on Friday 21st April. How crowded will it be?
April 9, 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
Hi, I'm planning to visit New Zealand for the first time and I think I will be on South Island between Earth Day and Astronomy Day (22 to 29 April 2017). Which is the best road to drive in the dark sky reserve if I want to observe the night skies on a road trip from Abel Tasman National Park to Queenstown?
September 5, 2016|
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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