Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre


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Mona Uttendorf


Ranking: 10/10

A nice cafe to stay with amazing pies and a beautiful view to Mt Cook!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Gavin Moffatt


Ranking: 8/10

Terrific. Film over Mt Cook and surrounds is definitely worth seeing.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Sabina Carney


Ranking: 8/10

Although the displays were small, it gave a great overall view of the history of early white settlement. Especially the early female mountaineers.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Pernille and Flemming


Ranking: 10/10


Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Jiri Sojka

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Very interesting museum with cinema and history of claiming of New Zealand. The movies in the cinema are worth it!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Veronica and Jordi


Ranking: 7/10

Very small museum, few activities btut interesting.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Jonathan Cree

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Go and watch 'Hilary on Everest' at their cinema and be inspired. Then have a beer overlooking Mt Cook.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Gert Vogelaers


Ranking: 9/10

Very good museum, also the different movies that can be seen. A very good alternative for a rainy day at Mount Cook.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Great experience. Loved the exhibition and 3D cinema was excellent. Just sorry didn't have more time to do star gazing on night sky tour and some walking.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Robertson's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

the drive to Mt.Cook is stunning. The Alpine centre is well worth the $26 for the 3D theatre and planatatrium + the Museum(incl the documentary on Hillary conquering Everest. All excellent, Views stunning-even if a bit misty.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Ranking: 6/10

A relatively mismatched collection that ably displays the wonderful pioneering history of the region. Above all, Sir Edmund Hillary's legacy is the champion feature, although one might question why the free collection of odds and ends at the DOC information center is as, if not more, numerous and factual than that at the commercialised Hermitage that hosts this "alpine centre". The highlight includes a Hillary film doco, looping, and for some the Planetarium feature in the theatre is an experience, to wonder at the rotating concave screen. Surely all can agree that the "3D Movie" is probably the worst thing ever made, and would rate as a rip off if not for the Planetarium feature airing only minutes after. Were this free, it would be unmissable, but it's place as a pricey experience in a commercialised facility boils down to a take it or leave it experience of gawking at some bits and pieces left from the early days, and a very very bizarre sign atop the far stairs alluding to Tenzing's "writhing like a fish" up Everest's infamous Hillary Step. For no discernible reason or suitable context.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A good way to spend a rainy day, lots of information, some fascinating documentaries and museum pieces. There was no need for the CGI Kea though!

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Aiko Nishimura


Ranking: 10/10

Planetarium - very beautiful and good information about the stars.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Paul Weston

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Lots of interesting stuff there, although you'd never know it was there!

Reviewed over 13 years ago