To Watch: Proof Positive That You Can (And Will) Live Your Best Life From A Camper Van In New Zealand
After leaving Queenstown, we drove three hours north to Mt. Cook Village, located within New Zealand’s Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and home to the country’s highest mountain.
There is no shortage of outdoor activities to participate in here, but if you are short on time make sure you check out the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and hike Hooker Valley Track. Here’s why.
The spot: Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
The lowdown: Grab a hot coffee or glass of wine in the cafe and check out the movies in the planetarium.
A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world’s greatest explorers, the center showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region, its people and its place in the universe.
The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre’s theater is the world’s only theater with 2D, 3D and a Digital Dome Planetarium, contained within the same space (it’s as cool as it sounds).
In the foyer of the theater you’ll find the history of the Mount Cook region through transport, climbing, The Hermitage Hotel and pioneer extraordinaire, Sir Edmund Hillary himself.
Open daily from 7.30am to 8.30pm (summer) and 8.00am to 7.00pm (winter).
The spot: Hooker Valley Track
The lowdown: Depending on how far you go, the hike can take anywhere from 1.5 – 4 hours through the most epic beauty you have ever laid your eyes on. This was one of the highlights of our trip and worth the entire flight to New Zealand.
You’ll journey across 2 swing bridges, climb high to feast on magnificent views, and hop across rocks on the flowing river. If there is one thing you do during your time in New Zealand, let this be it.
Tip: A short hour drive from Mt. Cook Village, you can experience the massive turquoise lake, Lake Tekapo. It’s worth the drive.
Check out more of our adventures from a camper van in New Zealand:
- Kale.Life founder embarks on a New Zealand road trip.
- Exploring swing bridges and hot pools.
- A day of adventure in Queenstown.
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