Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, Mt. Cook Village

3.6
#2 of 6 in Childrens Museums in South Island
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 on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Mt. Cook Village travel planner.
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  • There is an hour long documentary about Hillary, quite good; otherwise not much else to see here. It is not a museum with exhibits, just a random collection of photos about the hermitage hotel.  more »
  • This small fee Museum located at the level of the reception of the hotel at the back of the store is well documented, and despite its small size needs to take his time. Do have a good vision of the history of mountaineering.
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  • Spent about an hour here, including a quick movie in the theater. Worth it, especially if you're a fan of Sir Edmund Hilary and mountain climbing. However, $20 seemed a bit steep.  more »
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  • The entry price for the mini-museum and show is reasonable ($20 for family 2 adults & 1 child). The signature 3D show about Mount Cook has some dramatic scenes but overall is disappointing as it is not informative enough. Mostly just beautiful landscape pictures/video footage put together. The short movie does not provide sufficient information about the geology and history of the mountain range.
  • Went there during the Starlight Festival, so context was a bit different, but it has a very nice planetarium and an interesting exhibit. Café can get very busy and was expensive. There is however a nice convenience/gift shop with a lot of nice souvenirs and some basic food and everyday items. Very handy.
  • You can meet Sir Hillary,s history
  • The staff at the cafe was rude and very inefficient Its not peak hour and Told me to wait 15 minutes when ordering. Check with them at 30minutes wait and they told me she said they need 10 more minutes where turns out waiting for 45 minutes.
  • A cozy place for a quick breakfast

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