Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook Village

Our most recommended things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook Village

Mount Cook: Scenic Helicopter Flight with Alpine Landing

1. Mount Cook: Scenic Helicopter Flight with Alpine Landing

Experience Mount Cook National Park from the sky. Enjoy a 25-minute scenic adventure that includes an alpine landing amongst the mountains. Have exceptional views of Aoraki (Mt Cook) and the surrounding snow-capped mountain ranges right from take off.  Be captivated throughout the entire flight. Explore the valleys and peaks of the national park. Journey through the Tasman Valley and over a breathtaking blue glacier lake. Experience an alpine landing on the stunning upper snowfields in the Southern Alps.  Disembark the aircraft and enjoy the elevated alpine landscape before returning to the helicopter to fly back to Mount Cook Airport. Your expert pilot will offer informative and interesting commentary throughout the flight to ensure you receive the best possible experience.

Mount Cook: 3 Hour Heli Hike to the Tasman Glacier

2. Mount Cook: 3 Hour Heli Hike to the Tasman Glacier

Enjoy a once in a lifetime heli hiking experience on the Tasman Glacier in the Aoraki (Mount Cook) National Park. Begin your adventure with a flight from Mount Cook airport over the gorgeous Tasman Glacier Lake and ice formations. Venture on to the surprisingly undulating ice terrain, in the shadow of the highest peaks of the Southern Alps, Aoraki, and Mount Tasman. Be equipped with glacier boots and crampons and spend 2 hours in another world in the mountains. On the return flight home, you will fly close to the massive 1,000-meter high Hochstetter Icefall on the eastern face of Aoraki. Take in the picturesque landscapes that are covered in beautiful white snow and ice year round. 

Mount Cook: Ski Plane and Helicopter Alpine Combo Flight

3. Mount Cook: Ski Plane and Helicopter Alpine Combo Flight

Fly in a ski plane and a helicopter on the same day for an unforgettable experience of Aoraki/Mount Cook. Enjoy a scenic adventure that includes a glacier snow landing. From take-off to landing, enjoy spectacular views. Fly up the Tasman Valley over the breathtaking blue glacier lake. See the Hochstetter Icefall and the cloud-piercing Aoraki/Mount Cook before landing on the upper snowfields of the Tasman Glacier.  Take time to enjoy this unique alpine environment. These mountains are covered in snow and ice all year round, and the aircraft fully shuts down on landing.  Then, swap aircraft and return to Mount Cook Airport. During the tour, you'll also see Tasman Terminal Lake, Grand Plateau, Plateau Hut, as well as the full length of the Tasman Glacier.

From Queenstown: Mount Cook and Hooker Valley Day Trip

4. From Queenstown: Mount Cook and Hooker Valley Day Trip

Visit breathtaking locations in Queenstown as you make your way to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Travel with a reliable tour guide who will share stories and rich background knowledge on Queenstown and the Mount Cook area. Start your tour in the stunning city of Queenstown. Drive through the Kawarau Suspension Bridge and marvel at the scenery the Kawarau Gorge has to offer. Stop at the Roaring Meg Lookout to take photos of your stunning view. Then, enter the region of Cromwell, famous for fruits and wine and where you can see huge fields of vines. Next, traverse the majestic Lindis Pass which lies between two valleys against a backdrop of a bright blue sky. This stretch of highway is one of the only three Alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps. After taking photos at the top of the pass, drive through the Mackenzie District and visit the township of Omarama. Turning west, you'll enter Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, and Lake Pukaki will emerge in front of you. Proceed to the start of the Hooker Valley Track and depart on a 3-hour self-guided hike with amazing views of Hooker Lake, Hooker Glacier, and Mount Cook. Finish your tour by visiting High Country Salmon as you make your way back to Queenstown.

Mount Cook: Tandem Skydive Experience

5. Mount Cook: Tandem Skydive Experience

Feel the thrill of a high-speed free-fall from the sky in New Zealand's South Island with this skydiving experience. Jump from a plane from a height of 13,000 or15,000 feet above the ground, and be paired with a professional tandem master who looks after you every step of the way. Enjoy New Zealand’s most stunning skydiving experience in Pukaki, which boasts some of the country’s most epic scenery. Skydiving around Mount Cook offers quintessential South Island views: snow-capped mountains, glaciers, lakes, and the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Free fall from the best piece of sky this beautiful country has to offer

From Wellington: 11-Day South Island Tour with Accommodation

6. From Wellington: 11-Day South Island Tour with Accommodation

Set off on an adventure-filled 11-day tour to discover and explore New Zealand's South Island. Hike the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, explore Queenstown, and create your own Greenstone jewelry. Day 1: Wellington to Kaikoura Meet your driver in Wellington and begin your adventure across the South Island. Board a ferry to travel across the Cook Strait. After disembarking, go for a wine tasting in the Marlborough region and visit the Kaikoura Seal colony. Day 2: Kaikoura to Christchurch Begin your day with a hike along the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Enjoy panoramic views of Kaikoura before heading to Christchurch to discover hidden gems on a city street art trail. Day 3: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo Drive to Lake Tekapo to marvel at the stars in the Dark Sky Project. Visit The Church of the Good Shepherd, one of the most-photographed places in New Zealand. Finish the day with a hike up Mount John for panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Day 4: Mount Cook Spend the day at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park under the shadow of Mt. Cook, the country's highest mountain. Hike the Hooker Valley Track to Hooker Lake, enjoying the scenery, before returning to Lake Tekapo. Day 5: Lake Tekapo to Queenstown Travel to Queenstown to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner with panoramic views of Queenstown at the Skyline Stratosphere Restaurant (not included). Day 6: Queenstown Spend the day exploring Queenstown on your own. Visit the sights, go shopping, or relax at a cafe. Day 7: Glenorchy Head out to Glenorchy on a day trip from Queenstown. Cruise past the late, soaking up the views, and onto Glenorchy. Enjoy several short walks, taking in the scenery, before returning to Queenstown. Day 8: Queenstown to Wanaka Head to Wanaka to enjoy panoramic hikes. From November to May, hike Roys Peak, a 6-hour roundtrip trek, for breathtaking views over Lake Wānaka. For the rest of the year, enjoy the Mt. Iron hike with 360-degree views of The Pisa range. After your hike, visit the famous Wanaka tree. Day 9: Wanaka to Franz Josef Visit Thunder Creek Falls in Mt. Aspiring National Park. Next, head to Lake Matheson to enjoy its famous mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook. Spend the night in Franz Josef. Day 10: Franz Josef Design and carve your own Greenstone jewelry in a West Coast workshop (included) before enjoying the Glacier Valley Walk in Franz Josef. Day 11: Franz Josef to Christchurch Take a scenic hike across Arthurs Pass, and enjoy stunning views. Walk the Castle Hill track and admire the Devil's Punchbowl waterfalls before finishing your tour in Christchurch.

Mt Cook: 55-Minute Scenic Flight in Helicopter or Ski Plane

7. Mt Cook: 55-Minute Scenic Flight in Helicopter or Ski Plane

Take to the skies and enjoy the ultimate way to see the Southern Alps. Traverse the Main Divide to the West Coast and view the breath-taking landscape of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Track north along the Tasman Sea before recrossing the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps to the Tasman Glacier. Enjoy the stunning views of the Mt Cook National Park as you track south down the Tasman. Fly through the Grand Plateau and the Hochsteter Icefall as you pass under the east face of Aoraki Mt Cook before descending over the Tasman Terminal Lake.

From Wellington: 7-Day South Island Tour with Wine Tasting

8. From Wellington: 7-Day South Island Tour with Wine Tasting

Unlock the beauty of the South Island with the convenience of a multi-day guided tour. All activities are included unless states otherwise. Day 1 - Wellington to Kaikoura Kick off the adventure with one of the most beautiful inter-island crossings in the world, the Cook Straight. Arrive at the top of the South Island and journey through the Marlborough region, home to endless rolling vineyards. Stop for a tasting along the way to sample some local Kiwi cuisine. Day 2 - Kaikoura to Christchurch Choose between a lie-in, or, for the more adventurous, an ocean excursion (extra cost) to try your luck spotting dolphins, whales, albatrosses, and more. Around mid-morning, head up the Kaikoura Peninsula to walk among a large seal colony. Next up is the diverse city of Christchurch. Here, take a walking tour of the city to learn about its street art, see the blooming botanical gardens, and learn about the city's recent history. Day 3 - Christchurch to Lake Tekapo Hit the road and cruise into Mackenzie Country, home to Lake Tekapo. Visit the stone Church of the Good Shepherd and admire Lake Tekapo's blue waters framed with colorful lupins. As night falls, visit the Dark Sky Project to learn about the importance of preserving dark skies and take a peek at all that lies above. Day 4 - Lake Tekapo to Wanaka via Mount Cook Cruise past Lake Pukaki (you'll know how it got its nickname The Powerade Factory when you see it) and head for Mount Cook village. Take some scenic hikes in the National Park with stops to soak up the mountain views. Here choose to view the Tasman Glacier by helicopter or take a scenic flight through the Mt. Cook National Park. From mid-morning, continue to traverse through the National Park through Lindis Pass and on to Wanaka. Day 5 - Wanaka to Queenstown Have the morning to hike Wanaka's famous Roys Peak, snap "That Wanaka Tree," or climb Mount Iron. For the more daring in the group, there’s the option to experience a via Ferrata Wild Wire or hit up the lakeside trails on a mountain bike. Later, sit back and relax on the bus while viewing the scenery of the Crown ranges on the way to the adrenaline-fuelled Queenstown. End the day with a trip up the Gondola for a dinner overlooking Queenstown. Day 6 - Queenstown free dayTake a day to explore the city with lunch and activities on your own. Day 7 - Queenstown to Glenorchy Day Trip Head out into the heartlands of Otago to the picturesque town of Glenorchy to experience a scenic landscape.

Queenstown: Mount Cook Premium Guided Day Tour

9. Queenstown: Mount Cook Premium Guided Day Tour

The day begins with early morning pickup from your accommodation in Queenstown and heads through the heart of the South Island towards New Zealand’s tallest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook. Along the way, soak up unforgettable scenic views and stop at the Cromwell Fruit Bowl, Lindis Pass, Omarama, and Lake Pukaki. As you travel, listen to your guide’s fascinating commentary about the local scenery, history, and culture. Arrive at Mount Cook Village and spend 3.5 hours exploring. Choose to take a walk to the impressive Lake Mueller for a close-up look at Mount Sefton’s glaciers, or experience the incredible activities on offer at Mount Cook. On the return journey to Queenstown, enjoy a stop at the Twizel Salmon Farm, before arriving back to the city in the early evening.

New Zealand: 9 Day South Island Tour

10. New Zealand: 9 Day South Island Tour

Begin an epic 9-day adventure of New Zealand's South Island from Christchurch. Hike around the beautiful Lake Tekapo before exploring the wonders of Queenstown. Experience breathtaking views from Mount Iron, carve your own jewelry, and trek across the Franz Josef glacier. Day 1:Set off from Hotel Give in Christchurch and meet your guide and group for your journey. Drive through the scenic countryside until you reach the shores of Lake Tekapo. Enter the Dark Sky Project and gaze into the stars at this renowned spot for astronomy. Prepare yourself for a moderate hike up to the heights of Mount John and catch your breath as you admire the awe-inspiring scenery. Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Tekapo below and get even closer to the stars. Day 2:Travel to the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park to see the highest mountain in New Zealand. Immerse yourself in the alpine environment and look out over the glaciers. Within the National Park, get your hiking boots back on for another trek. Walk through sacred areas of the land as you follow the Hooker Valley Track, the most popular and least challenging route in the area. Day 3:Say a brief goodbye to the fresh mountain air as you drive from the wilderness back into city life to arrive in Queenstown. Have the chance to buy your own dinner at the Skyline Stratosfare Restaurant. Day 4 and 5:Have the whole day to yourself as you take in all the attractions of Queenstown. Plan your own itinerary and consider going to see Kiwi Park, Lake Wakatipu, Coronet Peak, and Queenstown Gardens. Day 6:Relax in comfort on a transfer from Queenstown to Wanaka for another day of hiking and unforgettable views. Revel in the true beauty of the South Island as you trek up to the summit of Roys Peak or Mount Iron, depending on the season. Gaze across the serene waters of Lake Wanaka, known for its turquoise color, the 4th largest lake in New Zealand. Walk around the shores and find That Wanaka Tree, or the Wanaka Willow, which grows on its own in the lake. Day 7:Discover part of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Te Wahipounamu region as you enter Mount Aspiring National Park. Feel the immense power of the aptly named Thunder Creek Falls, fed by melting glacier water. Continue exploring the park and head towards Lake Matheson, which was a traditional food gathering place for local Maori. Watch the sun shine over the crystal clear surface and see the reflection of Aoraki / Mount Cook. Day 8: Get in touch with your craftsman spirit as you carve your own greenstone jewelry in a workshop on the West Coast. Take home something special to remember your adventure on the South Island. Make your way to Franz Josef Glacier and walk through the valley as you feel like you've walked into another world. Day 9:Conclude your journey in style with a scenic hike across Arthurs Pass in the national park. Study the hundreds of different rock formations along the Castle Hill Track. Walk through a dense beech forest and keep an eye out for wild kiwis as you approach the Devil's Punchbowl Waterfall. Head back to the car and return to Christchurch to finish your adventure.

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What people are saying about Aoraki Mount Cook Village

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 138 reviews

An excellent tour from Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt. Cook. The scenery along the way is spectacular. We had several photo stops at particularly beautiful spots. Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park village had several activities- hiking, helicopter rides, a museum dedicated to Sir Edmund Hillary. It also had a cafeteria with a variety of hot and cold food and beverages. Our driver/guide, Shane, was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. He kept the tour interesting and fun. We traveled in a comfortable, 15 passenger van/mini-bus. It had large windows for great views of the passing countryside. Very much recommend this tour.

Great welcome, thorough briefing, absolutely fabulous flight. Great pilot went the extra mile. Scott our guide was enthusiastic and informative. Learnt alot and a great experience. So lucky with the weather. Absolutely recommend

Such an amazing experience! Everyone should do it at least once before the glaciers are gone.

It was unforgettable experience, guys just do it, you won't regret. It worth every penny

Very good and interested trip, learned a lot. Thank you.