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Address: Terrace Road, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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+64 800 686 800
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Designed to educate and entertain, the centre features a spectacular...

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.

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Wonderful experience. - Stargazing in the evening - although clear skies - a full moon reduced the possible full experience of a black velvet sky. However, the guides were... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
FranGol
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Brisbane, Australia

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Methven, null, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Disappointing prices for entry that would only be viable if staying over. Drove from Twizel for a visit and despite there being some great artifacts and information $40 for a couple a ridiculous price. Movies are included but unless we were staying for the night these viewings would not be possible. A much cheaper option needs to be available for... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderful experience. - Stargazing in the evening - although clear skies - a full moon reduced the possible full experience of a black velvet sky. However, the guides were equipped with very powerful telescopes and allowed us all to view some of the major and most interesting locations on view. The film we viewed prior to our stargazing was also... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We turned up and booked on the spot and went straight in to see the 50 min film about E Hillary's life. Well worth spending the time as the film is fascinating. You then have various options...visit the museum ( again most interesting ), seeing a 3D film of the surrounding mountains from a birds eye perspective or going out... More 

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Can Tho, Vietnam
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I found this fascinating to read about the first climbers and their efforts to climb mt cook. The photocopy diary of one of the first climbers was very interesting as was the list of people who lost their lives attempting the climb

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Thank DebB123123
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the film about the early climbers. Amazing trips. The little museum was interesting but small. My husband had his heart set on the stargazing session in the evening only to be disappointed because of cloudy, rainy weather. The young man gave us a short star problem which was okay -- he left during the film to leave everyone... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I found the history of Mount Cook and the early climbers like Freda Du Faur, the first lady to summit fascinating. There are some historical gear and pictures that makes you realise how brave these early mountaineers were. You can buy maps of the area, memorabilia and basic mountain clothing from the shop.

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dubai
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were trying to book the big sky star gazing tour however since we had not booked it ahead we could not do the trip and instead went to the Sir edmund hillary alpine center. The Museum is informative however i guess more interesting things could be done outside. Probably just taking a walk would have been better. There are... More 

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Thank sudeepraju
newcastle, australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mt COOK is a ,must-see attraction, majestic and awe-inspiring! The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre should be accessible to all. Instead it was geared to the wealthy and to the Asian tourism sector. The Museum was in a corner of the Alpine Centre and the tickets were overpriced. The cafe food was awful. We could barely eat our pies which... More 

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Thank moona21
Hong Kong
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108 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a nice little corner of the hotel but it's not exactly up to what everybody says it is. It's a foyer with some great artefacts and very informative stories but that's it.

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Thank barneyinkaz
Milton, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I visited this enthralling museum on our visit to the Mount Cook area. Two very interesting movies were shown, one being a geographical history of the mountains, and the other being about Sir Edmund Hillary. He is a true hero, not only being the first person to climb Everest, but also for the incredible work that he... More 

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