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Address: 89 Terrace Road, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7946, New Zealand
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+64 800 686 800
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Designed to educate and entertain, the centre features a spectacular...

Designed to educate and entertain, the centre features a spectacular state-of-the-art 3D movie, New Zealand's first full dome digital Planetarium and Museum which documents the pioneering heart of the region and features the impressive Hillary Gallery. The cafe and bar area offers indoor and outdoor seating and floor to ceiling mountain views.

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Must see if you have time!

We went there with a little bit of time on our hands and were not dissapointed. We first got to see some kind of 3D movie about the universe and then watched the documentary on Sr... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
MathieuPriem
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Meise, Belgium

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Melbourne
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23 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

A good overall history of the early pioneering days of the Hermitage Hotel and a very fitting tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary. Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre does a great job presenting the life and times of this great gentleman. In addition there is a great movie theatre to watch a full length feature film on Sir Edmund - very... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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78 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fascinating way to spend a couple of hours or a day when the weather dictates. Amazing range of displays and movies outlining the history of Mt Cook and the exploits of Sir Edmund Hillary himself including his mountaineering exploits and his Antarctic expeditions. Great value for a small outlay, including planetarium and several informative and interesting movies.

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Thank WilliamRG2014
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7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I spent an entire day here, alternating between the museum exhibits, the planetarium and theatre shows, and the cafe. They have a great selection of movies and shows. The documentaries on Sir Edmund Hillary and the Mountain Rescuers were especially interesting. As someone who is interested in mountaineering, I especially enjoyed the exhibits on Sir Edmund Hillary and the early... More 

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Thank Kathryn Z
Masterton, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can enter as many times as you like for your $20 while you are in the area. Make sure you watch the 3D and the black hole movies. I think there is 6 movies in all. Very informative

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Meise, Belgium
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70 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there with a little bit of time on our hands and were not dissapointed. We first got to see some kind of 3D movie about the universe and then watched the documentary on Sr Hillary, which was very interesting! Maybe not the most cheap thing to do, but everything is expensive at this national park... Downside of having... More 

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Thank MathieuPriem
York, United Kingdom
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175 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in Mount Cook National Park this attraction is a must. Very informative, interesting exhibits and excellent documentary films in the cinema. Also a good cafeteria service, souvenir shops and bathroom facilities. Outside good car parking and walking routes. A good day out subject of course to weather conditions.

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Methven, null, New Zealand
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56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Disappointing prices for entry that would only be viable if staying over. Drove from Twizel for a visit and despite there being some great artifacts and information $40 for a couple a ridiculous price. Movies are included but unless we were staying for the night these viewings would not be possible. A much cheaper option needs to be available for... More 

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Thank jobrennan2014
Brisbane, Australia
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful experience. - Stargazing in the evening - although clear skies - a full moon reduced the possible full experience of a black velvet sky. However, the guides were equipped with very powerful telescopes and allowed us all to view some of the major and most interesting locations on view. The film we viewed prior to our stargazing was also... More 

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Thank FranGol
Guildford, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We turned up and booked on the spot and went straight in to see the 50 min film about E Hillary's life. Well worth spending the time as the film is fascinating. You then have various options...visit the museum ( again most interesting ), seeing a 3D film of the surrounding mountains from a birds eye perspective or going out... More 

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Can Tho, Vietnam
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52 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I found this fascinating to read about the first climbers and their efforts to climb mt cook. The photocopy diary of one of the first climbers was very interesting as was the list of people who lost their lives attempting the climb

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