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Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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86 reviews
48 hotel reviews
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“Clean but basic”
Reviewed September 1, 2007

It’s a bit of a hike to get here. The lodge rooms are like hostels almost, small but clean. The bathroom is sparse, but clean. The view of the mountains is stunning. There is a very large, comfortable common room and kitchen, which is very nice. Internet was free wireless. I believe they had computers to use if you don’t bring your own. There was coin laundry. There is not much in the village for eats, a café that’s not that good and the Hermitage which was real expensive.

Stayed August 2007
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed May 23, 2007

The other reviews on this property are quite comprehensive -- the lodge is a great place to stay in the middle of the remote and beautiful Mt. Cook village. While basic, it's very clean, bright and comfortable, and the common area is a nice place to relax with the view or cook your own breakfast.

If you're staying here, you're more interested in getting outside to explore rather than the amenities offered by a large hotel-style lodge. If that's your speed, you're probably better off at the Hermitage. Even if you do stay at the Mt. Cook Alpine Lodge, you can
always head over to the Hermitage for a nice meal and the resort experience.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled on business
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2007

This place is lovely and what's more, it's nestled within the beautiful scenery of the Mount Cook national park. A combination of backpacker style dorms and single/double rooms, this place performs well above the usual backpacker hostel lodges you might expect. All the rooms come with ensuite shower rooms. I stayed in a dorm for four which my husband and I had to ourselves. It was immaculately clean with new fittings and fixtures. The main guest room was amazing. Set at the front of the building, we had direct views of Mount Cook. You could look at the mountains while eating breakfast. For those of you that don't know the area, it's advised to shop for food before staying in the lodge in the evening. The area is very remote and has only between 3-4 places to eat which shut fairly early - you also have to make your own meals at the lodge. Great place - highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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California
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Reviewed March 4, 2007

What a friendly, down-to-earth kind of place! We stayed at the Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge, which opened in July 2005 and is right in Mount Cook Alpine Village, a great location. This homey lodge is easy on the budget, and it is listed in the 5th edition of the Rough Guide New Zealand, published September 2006. It is independently owned and is NOT the same as the Aoraki wing of the Hermitage hotel...they are totally different places.

We loved our room upstairs with a great view of Mt. Cook for $165 NZ! We had our own bathroom, and the room was basic, comfortable, and clean. The view was amazing!

Staff were very friendly and helpful. This new lodge is run by Adele and Tony Delaney. Staff were very helpful by e-mail in helping me to choose a room for our 25th anniversary trip. Tony answered an e-mail I sent asking for more info about scenic flights and gave us great information.

There are also cheaper dorm rooms for $39 NZ. We didn't see the dorm rooms.

Guests at the Aoraki / Mt. Cook Alpine Lodge share a communal kitchen, a homey lounge, and a deck with wonderful views of Mt. Cook by day, and the stars by night. Great views in clear weather.

We had amazing weather for our 25th anniversary! The top of Mt. Cook was totally clear! At night we could see the stars from the deck of the communal lounge at the lodge. We sat on the deck with a bottle of wine which we had brought from Queenstown and enjoyed some romance, mountain style. The deck is shared by all the guests, but we had it to ourselves when we wanted.

Our room was clean and basic, although the view was astonishing for this price. The lodge is very well run. Self-serve laundry is available.

The lodge is an easy walk away from the Visitor Centre and DOC Office and The Old Mountaineers' Cafe as well as the Hermitage Hotel and the beginning of the Kea Point Track.

We will definitely stay here again on our next visit to gorgeous Mt. Cook!

Stayed February 2007
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Property: Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge
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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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