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The Luxury Guide to Mt Cook

The Luxury Travel Guide to Mt Cook šŸ„‚ [2024]

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Plan a Luxury Getaway to Aoraki Mt Cook

A destination that’s not only in the midst of a national park but a UNESCO World Heritage Area and International Dark Sky Reserve deserves to be experienced in a special way. Aoraki Mt Cook is the peak of New Zealand scenery, quite literally, as it’s home to the highest peak in the country that gives the village and national park its name, while it also hosts New Zealand’s longest glacier, the Tasman Glacier. From the heart of Mt Cook Village in an iconic luxury hotel to the shores of the glacier-fed Lake Pukaki, the luxury stays are wonderous. Combine them with guided excursions via helicopter or tackle the mountains yourself and curate your own lavish trip wrapped up in alpine luxury.

Plan your premium getaway, including tours and accommodation, with this luxury travel guide to Mt Cook.

Luxury Tours and Activities in Mt Cook

For more details on each experience, see the 10 Best Luxury Experiences in Mt Cook.

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Luxury Adventure Activities

The most dramatic of New Zealand’s alpine landscape is waiting to be witnessed in its full glory. Make your visit to Mt Cook extra special by seeing the majestic mountains, valleys and glaciers in the most premium ways possible.

Ski Plane Flights

An all encapsulating experience awaits on the scenic flights available in Mt Cook. INFLITE Experiences offers an array of ski plane and helicopter experiences, either flying alongside Aoraki Mt Cook and landing on the upper snowfields of the Tasman Glacier in a ski plane (more details onĀ Viator, Tripadvisor and Klook)Ā or circling the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park in a helicopter (see Viator, Tripadvisor or Klook for more info). If you have a go-big-or-go-home mantra, however, you might be more interested in both in, what’s called, “The Ultimate Alpine Experience(on Viator and Tripadvisor).


Another way to hit the skies is to combine a scenic flight with a must-do for adrenaline-seekers, skydiving! Departing from Pukaki Airport in Twizel, your flight with Skydive Mt. Cook (on Viator and Tripadvisor) ascends to 9,000ft, 13,000ft and even as high as 15,000ft before you take the leap with your professional tandem master for the jump of your life. After a thrilling freefall, your tandem master will release the parachute where you’ll then have the opportunity to soak it all in; the vibrant blue waters of Lake Pukaki and the backdrop of Aoraki Mt Cook.

Climbing and Mountaineering

If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground (kind of), then join Alpine Guides for climbing or mountaineering. Scale the famous rock climbing and mountaineering peaks of the national park, like Malte Brun, the Hochstetter Dome and Mt Wakefield in one of the full-day and multi-day expeditions. They have options for all abilities and have all the gear included.

For more adventures like heli-skiing and mountain biking, see the 10 Best Luxury Activities in Mt Cook.

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Luxury All-Weather Activities

Much of the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park’s attractions are in alpine conditions, which means bad weather is enough to cancel tours to keep travellers safe. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean you have to put your luxury getaway on hold, as a rainy day in Mt Cook means a spa day!

Join one of the luxury lodges, like Lakestone Lodge, for their massage therapy treatments amidst their soothing Therapy Room. Guests staying in the Ashley Mackenzie Villa of Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat have access to their own private spa complete with a sauna, massage room, fitness room and an outdoor hot tub with glorious lake views.

For more rainy day inspiration, take a look at the 6 Things to Do in Mt Cook on a Rainy Day.

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Fine Dining in Mt Cook

Welcome to some of the most striking architecture to lap up the views that you’ll find in New Zealand’s dining scene. Mt Cook’s restaurants and cafes all capture the commanding scenery of Aoraki Mt Cook and the Southern Alps where floor-to-ceiling windows are a staple.

None quite capture the views quite like The Panorama Restaurant of The Hermitage Hotel Mt Cook, with panoramic windows encircling a large dining room. Enjoy beautifully-presented plates of seasonal dishes made from fresh local ingredients. Booking is essential.

Other dining options in Mt Cook, while more casual, include the Old Mountaineers’ Cafe (3 Larch Grove) pouring organic coffee, cold beer and wine. And then you can go back to The Hermitage Hotel to dine at The Alpine Restaurant, another of their collection. Depending on the season, they’ll have a buffet to indulge in for dinner or choose from their a la carte menu.

More About Mt Cook

That’s it for the luxury travel guide to Mt Cook. Get more travel advice that doesn’t necessarily fall under the “luxury” category but is just as useful in the following guides:

Finally, find even more tips to make your luxury getaway exceptional in The Luxury Travel Guide to New Zealand.


The information in this guide has been compiled from our extensive research, travel and experiences across New Zealand and the South Pacific, accumulated over more than a decade of numerous visits to each destination. Additional sources for this guide include the following:

Our editorial standards: At NZ Pocket Guide, we uphold strict editorial standards to ensure accurate and quality content.

About The Author

Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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