The Hermitage Hotel

Discover the wonders of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park staying at The Hermitage Hotel

Standing at 3,724 metres (12,218 feet) Aoraki/Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain. The national park is home to awe-inspiring scenery including glacial lakes and icebergs to towering mountains and grassy valleys. The Hermitage Hotel offers visitors everything from excellent accommodation and exciting adventures to fascinating insights into the country’s history at the Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre. The centre also has a 360° Digital Dome Planetarium that opens your eyes to the night sky like never before.

The hotel has a plethora of accommodation options including hotel rooms and suites consisting of numerous configurations that suit all guests. Each room or suite is fitted with King or Queen beds, ensuite bathrooms, tea & coffee making facilities, air-conditioning, and views of Mount Cook.

There is no shortage of dining options either with 4 restaurants as well as a comfortable lounge and a bar that open from 4pm until late. The Panorama Room provides guests with an intimate dining experience and offers an evolving à la carte menu of delicious New Zealand cuisine.

Discover the surrounding area

Guests at The Hermitage Hotel are free to explore the surrounding wilderness at their own pace. There are plenty of beautiful walking tracks and cycling trails to explore – full or half day bike hire is available – and the region is fast becoming very popular amongst cycling enthusiasts. A highlight of the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is a tour of the country’s largest glacier – the Tasman Glacier, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Guests can also explore the national park from the air on a scenic flight, skiplane, helicopter or alternatively, on a 4WD overland adventure.

Guided walking around Mt Cook National Park
Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre

Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre

Paying tribute to the legendary New Zealand explorer and mountaineer, the centre is a must-visit when staying at The Hermitage Hotel. Showcasing the history of the region through transport and climbing, the centre houses several fascinating displays as well as a 126-seat theatre and a 360° Digital Dome Planetarium. One of only six planetariums in New Zealand, explore our galaxy and discover the far reaches of the known universe.

  • Explore the beauty of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
  • Sensational walking and cycling trails to explore
  • Explore New Zealand’s largest glacier – Tasman Glacier
  • Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre
  • 360° Digital Dome Planetarium
  • A plethora of comfortable accommodation options
  • Four restaurants offering guests plenty of dining choices
  • Snowline lounge and bar offering signature cocktails
  • Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre
  • 360° Digital Dome Planetarium
  • 3D Theatre
  • Discover beautiful walking trails
  • Bike hire*
  • Glacier Exploration tour*
  • Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park 4WD Tour*
  • Sir Edmund Hilary Centre and Planetarium*
  • Scenic flights, glacier and heli-skiing*

*At extra cost

The Hermitage Hotel is located in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, roughly halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown. The hotel is at the very end of Mount Cook Road – a scenic drive alongside Lake Pukaki – and 55 kilometres from the closest major road, State Highway 8. From Christchurch its approximately a 4 hour drive (330 kilometres) and from Queenstown approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes (263 kilometres).

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