Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, Mt. Cook Village

(3.7/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
Discover the history of the Aoraki/Mount Cook region at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, featuring exhibits about legendary explorer, mountaineer, and philanthropist Sir Edmund Hillary. The center also offers visually spectacular shows at the combined 3D cinema and digital planetarium. The museum serves as an ideal prelude to a walk on one of the many surrounding mountain trails, suitable for a range of fitness and ability levels. After your walk, stop for a bite at the center's cafe, offering views of region's snow-topped mountains. Put Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and other Mt. Cook Village attractions into our Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We were very excited to visit Mount Cook for the dark sky reserve that we stayed an extra night as the evening we arrive was sold out. Unfortunately the weather was very cloudy and we doubted all day ...  more »
  • Thought this place was great. Took in the museum and three of the shows. Great insight into a fascinating man. Can't comment on the star gazing aspect. Would recommend.  more »
  • Several shows in the cinema were very good -- the Hillary/Everest one excellent. But the Stargazing was a total waste of time and money as well as the most expensive (70 NZD)  more »
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  • Great history, wonderful exhibits and films detailing his life and the climb. Nice cafe with snacks as well. Very up-to-date and modern museum and exhibits.
  • Great upstairs cafe with limited but generous and delicious options. Go for a salad of the day.
  • Named after Sir Edmund Hillary climber of Mount Everest (29012ft) , first being Tensing Norge, India who accompanied him. Good reminiscences .
  • Rather boring exhibition to be honest. And the movie they've showed (3D) caused me so much eye pain I can't describe it.