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“Very good hostel”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of YHA Aoraki Mt Cook

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YHA Aoraki Mt Cook
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“Very good hostel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2010

Clean, cozy, central heating, good large kitchen. The walls are thin and the metal bunks creak any time somebody rolls around, but overall the place is quiet and comfy (it was winter though, so nearly everywhere in NZ was quiet...). Biggest nit is the lack of power outlets for charging cameras, laptops, etc. I'd stay again.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2010

First let me say that our room had the most fantastic view in the world! We had a private double with a full view of the mountains, which really made the hostel a big treat for us. Our room was clean, the bed was firm and the location was upstairs with only 2 other rooms so it was pretty quiet (although one night it was noisy in the yard outside).
The communal facilities like the kitchen were just average and one night there was a big student group that totally took over the place so it was difficult to cook. Again, if we had not had that fantastic room, maybe I wouldn't rate it so highly. On the other hand, there's nowhere "affordable" to stay right in Mt. Cook so this is a good value for the money. We wish we could have stayed longer but they were totally booked.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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NZ
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2010

Stayed for four nights in a 4-bed shared room. Definitely not for light-sleepers as the squeaky beds and paper-thin walls will not help with a decent night's sleep. Staff was helpful and willing to check/book transport to next destination. Good location as it's not too far away from visitor centre and trail heads.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled solo
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2010

Do
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- great location
Don't
- small toilet

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2010

The rooms are OK, but ours was very dirty. The kitchen and bathrooms were excellent, with the kitchen in particular being very well stocked, including the biggest fridge Ive ever seen! The location is excellent, being a few minutes to the visitor centre and close to the start of the Hooker Valley walk. Considering the standard of the rooms and the paper-thin walls, the hostel was quite expensive, albeit infinitely cheaper than the bizarre Hermitage Hotel up the road.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2009

Well, we really wanted to stay in Mt cook but could definetely not afford the Hermitage with the rates that were being quoted - so we decided to give YHA a shot. We booked a full room for NZD 93 - but we got for that was a shock. A couple of bunk beds - and thats it! Certainly, when you go with your wife/gf, you expect a double bed, esp when you pay 93 dollars, which is not very cheap by NZ standards. Further, there is a community kitchen and bathroom. Beyond that, even the pillow covers and bed sheet have to be picked up and done by the guests. All in all - good if you are a backpacker and on a very tight budget. Otherwise, worth skipping!

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — everything was community based!
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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N Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2009

I stayed for 4 nights in the Mt Cook YHA in March 2009. Due to there being few other cheap accomodation alternatives in Mt Cook village the hostel was very busy and I've heard that it is like this all year round. But the kitchen is big enough to cope and there are several lounge areas provided which ensure that there is room for everyone without it feeling too packed.

The hostel is obviously well run. It is one of the cleanest I have ever stayed in and the staff are willing and able to provide any help and advice on the various activities around the area. The one negative thing I can say about it (and I know it has been mentionned on these pages before) is that the beds are infuriatingly squeeky!. I know this sounds like a minor complaint but the walls between the rooms are very thin and all it takes is for one of your neighbours to roll over in their sleep and you get woken up. I must clarify this by saying that I am quite a light sleeper but by my third night of interrupted sleep I really was looking forward to leaving so I could get a decent night's sleep.

As there are few other options in Mt Cook village I suppose I would recommend the YHA to fellow travellers but just make sure you have a good set of earplugs with you!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
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Property: YHA Aoraki Mt Cook
Address: 1 Bowen Drive | cnr Bowen & Kitchener, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 8770, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Mt. Cook Village
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Mt. Cook Village
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Aoraki Mt Cook 4*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to YHA Mt Cook! Our beautiful alpine lodge in the Heart of Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park is the perfect base to explore and experience New Zealand's Southern Alps. Enjoy the natural beauty of the area by taking walks suitable for all ages and abilities. Kayaking, Skiing, Boating, Flying and Stargazing are all activities that can be enjoyed here in Aoraki / Mt Cook, as well as comfortable dining in the village's cafes and restaurants. ... more   less 
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