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“Interesting and Informative”

Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 13, 2014

Gives you a lot of information on the history of NZ
Planetarium documentaries was really good.
Answers questions about the fauna and flora of NZ and how it all got there.

Thank AusScotty
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

The 6 year old was bored and her movie about a dog going to the moon was only shown at 8.30 am which was too late for arriving there and in the middle of breakfast and leaving for the next day. I found the small museum interesting though and would recommend it to those without small children. Unfortunately the mountain rescue video was entirely unsuitable for the 6 year old and the staff, although saying it was not really for children, did not explicitly state that it was about an eventually unhappy out come. Our visit to this centre was redeemed by the planetarium which actually made the entry fee of $20 for adults and $10 for children worthwhile. Only complain here is that someone needs to say before it starts that photography is not allowed as we were half blinded by the lights from all the cell phones while people filmed it.

Thank rosieterry
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

This was a rather disappointing trip but the main fault lay in our timing: there was a full moon and the stars did not therefore appear as bright as we'd hoped. Our guides were very knowledgeable but there were quite a few of us with only one telescope and one giant binocular between us to look through, so a lot of the time was spent queuing and getting cold while waiting to have a look at the next star/planet we were focussing on. I was also expecting a more powerful telescope - I struggled to see very much at all.

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Reviewed April 24, 2014

As previous reviewers have noted, the museum itself is pretty small compared to the large (free) DOC one in Mt Cook village. The drawcard here is the movies, which are greta on a rainy day with kids. My 4,6 and 8 year old actually liked the Edmund Hilary movie the best - it did a great job of telling his life story and we all enjoyed it. (Note to parents - it does include reference to people dying in a plane crash (no graphic images) and about Edmund's grief / depression in later life. My 8 year old is anxious (esp re plane travel) and sensitive but he seemed OK with it.).

The 6 and 8 year old enjoyed one of the planets movies with their Dad while I took the 4 year old to the cafe overlooking the museum. There is info on the Hermitage website about the prices and also what each movie is about - I recommend reading the movie description before going. The 3D movie was good, but the kids were disappointed there were no facts!

Overall, this place is perfect for a rainy day activity. If you get good weather, then it is better spent outside.

Thank brisbane_familyof5
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

The museum has short hours, and a high entry fee for what is presented. The centers activities and learning programs are a good value, and quite interesting.

Thank SeanRafter
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