Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park

Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park

DOC Visitor Centre



67 Rankers Reviews

61 Face-to-Face

16 DOC Centres

19 Mount Cook



Aoraki / Mt Cook NP Visitor Centre - Photo: Mike Langford


Start your journey through New Zealand's stunning landscapes at a Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centre. Information about conservation areas, as well as DOC's 14,000 km of tracks, 9 Great Walks, and network of 950 huts and 324 campsites.

DOC Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park Visitor Centre is staffed by DOC rangers who have firsthand, in-depth local knowledge. We provide information about:

•Walks and hiking - short walks, multi-day hikes, Great Walks
•Track conditions, weather, and safety
•Hut and Campsite bookings
•Heritage sites
•Marine reserves
•Conservation projects
•Local stories, legends and history - our nature, our people

• Gateway to Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park


Feature Value Info


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieMount Cook


  • DOC Centres
  • Free

Operating Season And Hours

Oct-April 8:30am-5:00pm daily
May-Sept 8:30am-4:30pm daily




Showing 13 reviews of 59.

Allen's avatar


Ranking: 4/10

Place is nice and has a lot of interesting things to see and a beautiful view

The knowledge and service of the DOC personnel could however be improved and was way better in other locations

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Tobi Guga


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome spot, beautiful glaciers!

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Gerry Boobis

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Pretty basic, but what a great view in the morning. Toilets were OK, but you wouldn't eat your dinner in there.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Claire's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

So informative and free! Would have paid!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Ranking: 10/10

Interesting history of mountain climbing and walking in the area. Well worth a visit. Displays about different rescues and an eye opening video about the glaciers and the mountains.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Ixtaso Roncal


Ranking: 9/10


Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2015

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Nancy Blindell

Ranking: 10/10

Opening hours are 8.30-5pm every day. Thought I would add that information as I couldn't find it when we were on our way there. Very informative visitor centre and the best for nature. Great views too!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Diego Pablos


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful centre. You can spend a couple of hours learning about the history of the alpines in Mt Cook and the fauna and flora of the surroundings. Clean, well presented, friendly staff and all the information you need to plan your treks. A great visit!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Anssens Weber Florie Brian


Ranking: 9/10

One of the best scenic view of NZ. Good weather, an amazing blue Lake.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Dawn Mulligan

Ranking: 9/10

Well set out, educational about the local area and history. Great interaction models which help describe the area. Good local knowledge by staff.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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David McIntosh

Ranking: 8/10

Very informative and interesting.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Fanny DeBon


Ranking: 9/10

The exhibition was amazing, very interesting and loads of information. The ladies at the welcome desk were extremely nice and helpful.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Oliver Andres


Ranking: 9/10

Really friendly and helpful and there is a little museum included which was interesting and for free.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2014