Where to Find Child-Friendly Accommodation in Aoraki Mt Cook
With dramatic alpine scenery and home to the highest peaks and longest glaciers in New Zealand, Aoraki Mt Cook is an awe-inspiring experience for families. With your itinerary packed with the amazing activities from the 7 Things to Do in Mt Cook with Kids, all you need is a base to do it all from. We’ll help you with that one with this list of the best family accommodations in Mt Cook.
A word of warning; all of the accommodations in Mt Cook seem to have the same name, but we’ll help you understand the difference in this list of child-friendly accommodations in Aoraki Mt Cook.
For more advice, head to The Guide to Mt Cook for Families.
1. Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge
In the heart of Mt Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge offers simple yet comfortable hotel-style rooms. Families have the choice of rooms either on the ground floor or on the top floor with views of Aoraki Mt Cook, both with a king-sized bed and bunk bed in a compact room with an ensuite bathroom and tea/coffee-making facilities. Unwind in the guest lounge with spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows leading out to a balcony with a barbecue. You also have a fully-equipped communal kitchen to make use of. Although you can purchase breakfast supplies from reception, it’s best to bring your own supplies as there are no supermarkets in the village.
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- Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge on Booking.com
- Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge on Trip.com
- Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge on Expedia
2. Glentanner Park Centre
The closest holiday park to Mt Cook, Glentanner Park Centre sits alongside Lake Pukaki on the way to Mt Cook Village. There are also scenic flights that take off from here, as featured in the 7 Things to Do in Mt Cook with Kids. Families have options to suit a range of budgets, from affordable basic units to convenient self-contained units. While the self-contained units have all your bathroom and cooking essentials at your fingertips, those staying in the basic units or camping sites can make use of the nearby communal kitchen, lounge, bathroom and laundry areas. Check out more cheap stays in the 5 Best Budget Accommodations in Mt Cook.
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- Glentanner Park Centre on Booking.com
- Glentanner Park Centre on Trip.com
- Glentanner Park Centre on Expedia
3. The Hermitage Hotel Mt Cook
An icon of Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel is your premium hotel experience in Mt Cook Village. Not only does this huge complex offer an array of its own dining options and activities, including the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, but it has rooms suitable for families. Choose from various grades of double queen rooms, featuring large windows to soak in the scenery. Your room has an ensuite bathroom, as well as a coffee capsule machine. Some rooms also have balconies. See more upscale stays like this in the 5 Best Luxury Accommodations in Mt Cook.
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4. Mt Cook Lodge and Motels
Also run by The Hermitage Hotel, the Mt Cook Lodge and Motels offers high-quality lodge and motel rooms at a slightly more affordable price than the hotel – emphasis on the “slightly”… The motel rooms are made for families, fresh and colourfully decorated with large windows to soak in the light and scenery. The queen bed is in the main room, along with a kitchenette (including an oven), lounge and dining area. In a separate room, you’ll find two single beds for the kids. There’s an ensuite bathroom too. Learn more about the lodge’s hostel-style accommodation (where you could rent an entire dorm for the family with an ensuite for much cheaper) in the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Mt Cook.
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5. Aoraki Alpine Chalet
For families seeking their own space, how about a holiday home in Mt Cook Village? Aoraki Alpine Chalet is a worthy option, sleeping up to eight people across three bedrooms. The holiday home offers the “Kiwi bach experience” with a few rustic touches in the old-timey kitchen but that’s all part of the charm. The bedroom and lounge are well-presented and decorated with an alpine feel. Enjoy a barbecue on the back deck while surrounded by native bush and admire the ever-present scenery of Aoraki Mt Cook!
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6. Aoraki Court Motel
Book yourselves into a two-bedroom unit of the Aoraki Court Motel, knowing that every unit here has awe-inspiring mountain views. The two-bedroom units sleep up to families of five and feature all the essentials, including a modern kitchen, as well as a few luxuries. Pamper yourself in the spa bath in the ensuite bathroom, keep the kids occupied with two TVs and free WiFi, and bask in glorious views all around the unit. For more motel-style stays, check out the 5 Best Motels in Mt Cook.
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7. Pukaki Lakeside Getaway
Retreat to your own quiet corner of Lake Pukaki, along the Mt Cook Road just 35 minutes away from the main village, at Pukaki Lakeside Getaway. There are a couple of holiday homes to choose from, the four-bedroom house or the three-bedroom cottage. The holiday homes are fitted with contemporary fixings and the “house”, in particular, has a cosy alpine feel with its timber-lined interiors. Both offer unobstructed views of Lake Pukaki and gorgeous lawns and outdoor areas to enjoy it from.
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8. Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Finally, for families really looking to treat themselves, take a look a the luxury villa collection by Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat. Set among the forest, nestled between Lake Pukaki and the Ben Ohau Range, this luxury accommodation has three gorgeous villas all sleeping up to four guests. The two “Moraine Villas” ooze in charm with their European farmhouse design and Edwardian-style tiled bathroom with a glass wall to admire the views while you shower! Alternatively, the “Ashley Mackenzie Villa” features a private day spa with a hot tub, sauna, fitness room and massage room.
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- Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat on Booking.com
- Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat on Trip.com
- Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat on Expedia
More Family Accommodations in Mt Cook
That’s it for our list of the best family accommodations in Mt Cook, but it’s by no means the end of our expert travel advice! Check out these articles for more inspiration for your trip:
- 10 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Mt Cook
- 20 Best Things to Do in Aoraki Mt Cook
- 7 Things to Do in Mt Cook with Kids
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Guide to Mt Cook for Families.