We stayed at Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge for 2 nights. There were other places where we could have based ourselves, such as Lake Tekapo and Twizel (30-40 minutes drive from Mount Cook), but we decided to stay in Mount Cook Village itself for convenience.
The room was clean and warm with only basic necessities – a twin bed, a small coffee table + arm chairs, a clothes rack and a tiny bathroom. Pretty much after we opened up our two suitcases, we didn’t have too much room to walk. I was a little disappointed by the size of the room after our previous spacious stays in Alpine Rose Motel, Alpine Glacier Motel and Lake View Motel. The lodge did have a plus point though – the living room/kitchen area was huge, which was enough for everyone that’s staying at the lodge. The living room was cozy with a warm fire and it had a fantastic view of Mount Cook from its wall of windows.
The huge kitchen was handy. Plates, utensils, salt, pepper, pots and pans were readily available. Knowing that everything would be pricey and with limited restaurants in Mount Cook Village (actually, there’s really only three restaurants – the Alpine Restaurant at the Hermitage Hotel, Moutaineers Cafe and Bar and the Panorama Room), we bought some groceries from Wanaka and planned to cook simple meals on our own. A lot of people at the lodge cooked on their own rather than going to the restaurants as well.
Despite the overall comfortable environment, the small room was pricey at NZD160. But I guess everything is pricey in Mount Cook Village considering that it’s a village in the middle of nowhere and the cost of maintaining the lodge would most likely be high.
If I have a chance to explore Mount Cook again, I will probably choose a different place to stay.
Aoraki/Mt Cook Alpine Lodge
P.O. Box 39, Mount Cook Village 7946
Telephone: +64 3 435 1860 Fax: +64 3 435 1863
Rate: NZD159 – NZD220 depending on the room you choose.