Mount Cook National Park, NZ

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

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VISIT Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park:

Park Details

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park was established in 1953, and has a total area of 178,321 acres (279 square miles, or 722 square kilometers).

Address 1 Larch Grove, Canterbury, South Island, 7999
Phone+64 3 435 1186
HoursSummer peak season (October – April) 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; Winter off-peak season (May – September) 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Entrance FeeFree
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park are April, May, June & July.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visitsdata unavailable
Precipitation11114094287686331964
Avg Temp858382807774737580838686
Max Temp939188848279798186899394
Avg Temp747472706764636365687173
Min Temp707168666158565761646769
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is visited.

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Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

NameDistance
Westland Tai Poutini National Park18 km
Mount Aspiring National Park136 km
Arthur’s Pass National Park140 km
Paparoa National Park198 km
Nelson Lakes National Park266 km
Fiordland National Park314 km
Kahurangi National Park334 km

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
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Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Christchurch International AirportCHCChristchurch, 183 km
Wellington International AirportWLGWellington, 449 km
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Timaru AirportTIU, 110 km
Hokitika AirfieldHKK, 114 km
Wanaka AirportWKAWanaka, 149 km
Oamaru AirportOAM, 166 km
Queenstown International AirportZQNQueenstown, 200 km
Westport AirportWSZ, 232 km
Dunedin International AirportDUDDunedin, 259 km

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.