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Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

My family of four (3 adults and 1 child) thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Alpine Lodge and if and when we return to Mt Cook, I would happpily choose to stay there again.

We stayed in an up-stairs, four-bed, family room, and while it was quite 'cosy' having all four of us in a not very big room, the views out the bedroom window more than made up for this. There was a small table and a couple of chairs next to the window, and I found it to be very relaxing sitting next to the window with a hot drink admiring the beautiful view. Also, because of the full-moon, I could admire the mountain all night, even when lying flat in bed. Had it not been a full-moon but still a clear night, we would have been able to watch the stars instead.

The kitchen/living/dining space had an equally impressive view, which made it a much more enjoyable experience to cook and dine in. Surprisingly, we had this space to ourselves a lot, despite the lodge being fully booked out. The kitchen was well-resourced, but just make sure you bring in food supplies from outside of Mt Cook.

The service was polite, but a bit more reserved than I like, and the lodge was clean and tidy.

Value for money, it is mid-range for the Mt Cook area, but expensive in terms of the rest of the country. But given the isolation of the location, and the presumably high costs of bringing in supplies, I can kind of understand why Mt Cook is not the cheapest area to stay. What you are paying for is an amazing view, and that is what we got.

Tip: The Alpine Lodge uses IAC internet just like many other motels, backpackers and holiday parks in the South Island. Before travelling, check out the IAC website to see how many of your other accommodation options use IAC also. Buying a wifi package for your whole trip could work out quite a bit cheaper than paying for it day by day.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

We enjoyed our stay very much. Our room was very comfortable and spacious with view of Mt Cook. The owner was very helpful and gave good advice about hikes and activities in area. Location and value were excellent

Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

My partner and I stayed at the lodge in January 2011 and loved it so much we bought back the whole family (my partner's 3 sons aged 9, 11 and 17) this last January. The rooms may be small but in such a beautiful place and with such a lovely communal lounge room, why would you want to spend much time in your room? We made full use of the lounge room and excellent kitchen facilities. It was great to be able to take our own food and cook for ourselves. Given its isolation, Mt Cook village will always be an expensive place for buy food and so the ability to bring your own is ideal. The lodge is a great base to explore all of the great things Mt Cook has to offer. We'll be back!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Catherine J
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

At the foot of Mt Cook. Girl at checkin was lacking in people skills, but the little German girl who worked at night was wonderful. Room was nice. The upstairs has a huge kitchen, so that is where you meet alot of other travelers. Not inexpensive, but overall a very nice property. Had a hilarious experience in the morning before breakfast. The fire alarm went off, so we all met outside in front of the building. Turns out it was caused by a rather rotund Austalian man, who burned his sausages! His wife kept saying "it's my husband, he's burned his sausages!!!"

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for two nights. The room we had was upstairs with a great view of MtCook. Luckily, the clouds parted both days for us. The room we had was quite small, but there were other rooms we saw that were larger. The room only has coffee and tea making facilities in it.There is a large communal kitchen that is spotless. We used it for many of our meals.I would stay here again, but I would opt for a bigger room.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

I stayed at the lodge for one night. The room was probably the smallest I experienced duirng my 23 day trip but was still adequate. The bathroom had a wet shower. The shower had plenty of hot atwer and the water pressure was good. If you are 6" you will have to duck under the shower curtain rod. The view from my room was excellent but the view from the upstairs lounge is even better. The lounge also has the communal kitchen and shared refrigerators. I would have preferred a mini fridge in the room but because of the small size it probably wasn't practical. The lounge also had a balcony with BBQ. The lodge does sell some basic food items but a better bet is to stop for groceries in Twizel or Lake Tekapo or stop at one of the salmon farms, depending on your direction of travel. The lodge also has a laundry room. The Aoraki visitor center and the Hermitage are less than a 5 min walk away. Many of the hiking trails start and end at the Hermitage plus most of the tours.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

It iws worth tohighlight the excellent situation of the hotel and the great views (it cost a little bit more to have direct views to Mt Cook but it worths a lot!). The price is average and the two restaurants of the hotel are correct

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 101 Bowen Drive, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7946, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Mt. Cook Village
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Mt. Cook Village
Price Range: $106 - $173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the Aoraki Mount Cook Village our accommodation is designed to meet the needs of the budget conscious traveller whilst providing the highest standard of service, cleanliness and comfort.We have 16 ensuite rooms, 24 hr onsite management, reception open 830am-800pm daily with 24hour check in available. Free WiFi is included in the room rate as is free off street parking onsite. ... more   less 
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