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LAKE TEKAPO - AORAKI MOUNT COOK

81KM - 1 HR

 

DEPART LAKE TEKAPO FOR AORAKI MT COOK

If you didn't visit it yesterday a great coffee stop with an outstanding view (on the way out of Lake Tekapo is Astro Café), up at the St John Observatory. It's absolutely well worth the $8 road fee .

Along the way stop in at Lake Pukaki to pick up some fresh farmed Mount Cook Alpine Salmon.

Also before leaving Lake Tekapo, ensure you grab some supplies for dinner at the campsite, or be prepared for pubgrub style food in Mt Cook Village or resort style dinning at The Hermitage.

 AORAKI MOUNT COOK

The Maori name, 'Aoraki', from an ancient myth, in which the Gods turned the entire complement of a wrecked canoe into hills. The 'tallest' of the party was a child named Aoraki, who was sitting on the chief's shoulders. Another account says that the mountain was named in honour of Aoraki, the first- born son of the sky father.

The area is also the heart of New Zealand mountaineering with many famous men and woman who've summited it's peak. Most notably Sir Edmond Hillary who was the first person to summit Mt Everest in the Himalayas. There is a museum at the Hermitage to honor his life.

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park in the centre of New Zealand’s South Island is home to some of the most spectacular scenery, so much so it is a World Heritage area. Within the national park you will find New Zealand’s highest mountain, longest glacier, largest buttercup, largest mountain parrot and darkest skies. Nestled within the national park is Aoraki Mount Cook Village, which hosts a range of and activities that take advantage of this uniquely spectacular part of the world.

The area is also the heart of the stunning Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, clear skies found in this part of the world are like nothing else in New Zealand. Very limited light pollution means the views of the night sky seem to stretch on as far as the eye can see.

 



DAY CHARGING

TWIZEL: If you need an extra charge on the way take a short detour to fast charge in Twizel. (6 mins each way)
Recommended Charge: Charge to 80%.
61 Mackenzie Drive, Twizel

NOTE: Day charge options are limited in Mt Cook, so plan your day and stop in at the Glentanner Holiday Park for a top up charge before continuing onto explore Mt Cook village (50km return journey). While you charge, there is a fantastic walk to the lake so stretch your legs while you charge.


OVERNIGHT CHARGING

HOLIDAY PARK: Medium charge at site overnight & between day trips.
Recommended Charge: Charge to 100% overnight.
 


 
 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

THE HERMITAGE   89 Terrace Rd, Mount Cook National Park   Resort style environment, and café and dining options.

THE HERMITAGE
89 Terrace Rd, Mount Cook National Park

Resort style environment, and café and dining options.

TASMAN VALLEY 4WD TOURS   Book at The Hermitage   Highly recommended to get up close to the impressive Tasman Glacier.

TASMAN VALLEY 4WD TOURS
Book at The Hermitage

Highly recommended to get up close to the impressive Tasman Glacier.

THE CHAMOIS   Aoraki Mount Cook Village   Whilst lacking a little in atmosphere, has very good food at a reasonable prices and is where all the locals go for a meal and drink.

THE CHAMOIS
Aoraki Mount Cook Village

Whilst lacking a little in atmosphere, has very good food at a reasonable prices and is where all the locals go for a meal and drink.

MOUNTAIN WALKS   There are 10 short walks beginning near the village. All tracks are formed and well marked.

MOUNTAIN WALKS

There are 10 short walks beginning near the village. All tracks are formed and well marked.

 
BIG SKY STARGAZING   The Hermitage   The 4367sq km Gold Status Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is the largest in the world and for this tour you will be the centre of it all.

BIG SKY STARGAZING
The Hermitage

The 4367sq km Gold Status Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is the largest in the world and for this tour you will be the centre of it all.

MT COOK ALPINE SALMON   Lake Pukaki Information Centre   Fresh farmed alpine salmon.

MT COOK ALPINE SALMON
Lake Pukaki Information Centre

Fresh farmed alpine salmon.

THE HELICOPTER LINE MOUNT COOK   Glentanner Park, State Highway 80   Breathtaking scenic helicopter flights with snow landings in and around Aoraki Mount Cook and Mt Cook National Park. This fantastic Mount Cook activity leaves right from Glentanner Park.

THE HELICOPTER LINE MOUNT COOK
Glentanner Park, State Highway 80

Breathtaking scenic helicopter flights with snow landings in and around Aoraki Mount Cook and Mt Cook National Park. This fantastic Mount Cook activity leaves right from Glentanner Park.

AORAKI MACKENZIE INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY RESERVE   In the heart of the South Island the sky is so clear and vast that millions of stars seem to appear right before your eyes.

AORAKI MACKENZIE INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY RESERVE

In the heart of the South Island the sky is so clear and vast that millions of stars seem to appear right before your eyes.