- Sattelite TV
- Tour desk
Overview – Hermitage Hotel
In a region of superlatives, The Hermitage Hotel somehow still manages to stand out with its upscale accommodations, delightful dining options and unique location at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain.
First opened in 1884, The Hermitage Hotel has welcomed generations of adventure seekers from New Zealand and around the world. Situated in the heart of the Southern Alps within Mount Cook National Park, this alpine hotel is within easy reach of Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest summit, Tasman, the nation’s largest glacier and a wealth of ethereal lakes. The property is home to the interactive Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, a tribute to the extraordinary explorer who conquered Everest. A great starting point for your adventure, this centre features a cutting-edge theatre and planetarium, as well as informative displays about the 3,723m-high mountain and the surrounding environment.
Outdoors, there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied from riding an Argo (all-terrain vehicle) through the dramatic ice-carved Tasman Valley to stargazing at night. A multitude of walking and biking tracks thread the reserve, and numerous operators offer scenic flights over the region. The more adventurous can try heli-hiking or embark on zodiac explorations of the lake surrounding the gargantuan Tasman Glacier, whose accelerated calving in recent years has created spectacular icebergs in the frigid waters.
Back at The Hermitage Hotel, there are a great range of restaurants where you can refuel before your next outing. The casual Sir Edmund Hillary Cafe & Bar specialises in classic Kiwi fare, with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating as well as a pool table. In warmer months, this eatery transforms into a bar at evening time, so you can enjoy a beer while watching the sunset. The cosy Snowline Lounge is your go-to place for pre-dinner cocktails during cooler months, with its roaring log fireplace. For sumptuous breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet-style dining, head to The Alpine Restaurant, where every seat enjoys a view of Mount Cook. Alternatively, there’s The Panorama Room, a popular a la carte establishment.
At night, retire to your comfortable guest room or chalet; The Hermitage has 164 traditional hotel rooms located in the main building complex where reception, dining outlets and the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre are situated. The property also has 20 standalone A-frame chalets 200m away, linked to central hotel facilities by a courtesy shuttle.
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Rooms – Hermitage Hotel
All accommodation options at The Hermitage feature ensuite bathrooms, telephones, fridges, tea and coffee making facilities as well as Wi-Fi access. Standard rooms are situated within the refurbished original hotel building, while premium and superior categories occupy newer wings of the hotel. Chalets are located towards the village.
These rooms feature one king bed as well as a balcony or patio to savour the fresh mountain air. It’s possible to upgrade to standard rooms with a view of Mount Cook – this version comes with one queen or one king bed. Wi-Fi is at additional cost. Capacity: 2 persons
Overlooking Mount Cook and the Southern Alps, the 40 superior rooms are spread over 4 floors, with 2 queen beds and a balcony or patio. Wi-Fi access costs extra. Capacity: 4 persons
Guests in these 50 rooms awaken to panoramic views of Mount Cook, its surrounding peaks and glaciers. Bedding configuration consists of one king or two queen beds. Wi-Fi is free. Capacity: 4 persons
There are just 10 Premium Plus rooms, spread over the hotel’s highest floor. Featuring huge picture windows, a Nespresso machine, bathrobes and slippers, the Premium Plus room contains 1 super king bed or 2 queens. Wi-Fi is free. Capacity: 4 persons
Private and completely self-contained, the chalet has a queen and two single beds, a well-equipped kitchenette with a stovetop, fridge and microwave. Wi-Fi is at additional cost. Capacity: 4 persons
Facilities – Hermitage Hotel
- 164 hotel rooms and 20 standalone chalets
- Sir Edmund Hillary Cafe & Bar
- The Snowline Lounge
- The Alpine Restaurant
- The Panorama Room
- The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
- Tour desk
Activities – Hermitage Hotel (extra cost)
- Scenic flights
- Stargazing excursions
- Tasman Valley Argo and 4WD tours
- Tasman Glacier boat explorations
- Mount Cook guided walks
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If self-driving from Christchurch, The Hermitage Hotel is approximately 365km away. The route takes you past stunning Lake Tekapo, before tracing the tranquil shores of Lake Pukaki and traversing spectacular passes between snow-capped peaks as you enter Mount Cook National Park. From Queenstown, the property is just 263km north, with the opportunity to stop at picturesque alpine villages such as Twizel before you reach the reserve.
Mount Cook National Park is literally in between Christchurch and Queenstown, so if coming from Christchurch, be sure to continue on to Queenstown, renowned as New Zealand’s adrenalin capital and famed for its natural beauty. If travelling from the south, leave time to visit the island’s pretty capital city – well worth a stop for its excellent museums, especially the International Antarctic Centre.