Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, Mt. Cook Village

3.5
#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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  • We were told they would cancel if cloudy, but on our night it was about 70-80% overcast and they held it. We had already paid, so we would not have gotten money back. Their knowledge was suspect - a j...  more »
  • We dropped in at this centre to get a map for trekking. There are some courses for trekking. You can choose the best course suitable for you. And there is a souvenir shop in this centre. Shop clerks a...  more »
  • Small museum with an overview of Edmund Hillary, the first man who climbed mt Everest has his adventurous life. Are running continuous movies in the theater who make the effort to look at.
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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. CafĂ© 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.
  • 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.
  • Paid for entry and watched Sir Edmund documentary... i could/should have stayed and watched more but was only resting between hikes! Havent tried to find the documentary elsewhere. Museum is informative without being too much too take in. Covers a good range of history of the ascents of Mt. Cook as well as Sir Edmunds legacy. Id recommend if its raining, your tired from walking or you cant see much else to do in town!
  • Worth the $20 for so much content, if you have an interest in climbing then definitely visit.

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