Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

The Southern Alps and Fiordland Travel Guide

Aoraki-Mt. Cook National Park

Endless rolling hills, bungy jumps off high bridges, the glittering Skytower of Auckland... so you think you've experienced the grandeur of New Zealand. Think again. Aoraki glowers severely at these puny sideshows as if to say try to bungy jump this, wee one!

A few things about Aoraki/Mt. Cook: It's dually named with Māori and Anglo titles. Second, you may never see New Zealand's tallest mountain, as

weather can shroud the peaks for days. Plan to stay in the park overnight in case your arrival coincides with curtains of clouds. The ice cornices and granite faces are the realm of serious mountain climbers. Nonclimbers can still get a strong sense of the place with hikes, scenic flights, glacier ski trips, and a visit to the excellent Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre at the Hermitage Hotel. And, finally, be prepared to be awed by these majestic peaks.

Read More



Trip Finder

Fodor's Hong Kong

View Details

No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

How we use your email

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.