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Aoraki Mount Cook, Canterbury, New Zealand

How much does it cost to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook?

You should plan to spend around $110 (NZ$177) per day on your vacation in Aoraki Mount Cook. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $28 (NZ$45) on meals
  • $28 (NZ$46) on local transportation
  • $124 (NZ$200) on hotels

A one week trip to Aoraki Mount Cook for two people costs, on average, $1,535 (NZ$2,481). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Aoraki Mount Cook cost?

A one week trip to Aoraki Mount Cook usually costs around $768 (NZ$1,240) for one person and $1,535 (NZ$2,481) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Aoraki Mount Cook on average costs around $1,535 (NZ$2,481) for one person and $3,071 (NZ$4,961) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Aoraki Mount Cook will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Aoraki Mount Cook on average costs around $3,290 (NZ$5,316) for one person and $6,580 (NZ$10,632) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Aoraki Mount Cook has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Aoraki Mount Cook expensive to visit?

Prices in Aoraki Mount Cook are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within the Pacific, which is known to be an expensive region, Aoraki Mount Cook is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in the Pacific for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Paihia, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Sydney.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Aoraki Mount Cook Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Aoraki Mount Cook?

The average Aoraki Mount Cook trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Aoraki Mount Cook travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) NZ$200 ($124)
Local Transportation 1 NZ$46 ($28)
Food 2 NZ$45 ($28)
Entertainment 1 NZ$39 ($24)
Alcohol 2 NZ$17 - 51 ($11 - 32)
Accommodation Budget in Aoraki Mount Cook
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Aoraki Mount Cook is $62 (NZ$100). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Aoraki Mount Cook is $124 (NZ$200). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Transportation Budget in Aoraki Mount Cook
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Aoraki Mount Cook is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $28 (NZ$46) per person, per day, on local transportation in Aoraki Mount Cook.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Aoraki Mount Cook
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Aoraki Mount Cook can vary, the average cost of food in Aoraki Mount Cook is $28 (NZ$45) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Aoraki Mount Cook should cost around $11 (NZ$18) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Aoraki Mount Cook is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Aoraki Mount Cook
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  • Entertainment and activities in Aoraki Mount Cook typically cost an average of $24 (NZ$39) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Aoraki Mount Cook
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  • The average person spends about $21 (NZ$34) on alcoholic beverages in Aoraki Mount Cook per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Aoraki Mount Cook On a Budget
Aoraki Mount Cook Mount Cook, New Zealand
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is located on the South Island of New Zealand. It was declared a national park in 1953 to protect and preserve the landscape. The park is home to the country's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook. In Maori, Aoraki means, "cloud piercer", and the English name, Mt Cook, refers to the navigator James Cook, who discovered New Zealand in the 18th century. Mt Cook was the training location for Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first person to summit Everest in 1953. Other peaks in the park include Mount Tasman, Mount Sefton, and Mount Hicks. Not only can you find lush greenery all over the park, but also, glaciers cover 40% of the parks area.
The whole park in itself is a sight to see. Mount cook towers in the background of many miles of lush green landscapes. Although it can be expensive (but so are most things in New Zealand) seeing the park from above is a truly amazing experience. Air Safaris is a great company that offers a scenic flight over the park. You can do it in a small plane or a helicopter.

Mount Cook National Park and the regions surrounding it were recognized as the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve in 2012, so stargazing is definitely a must see while visiting this park. This area is almost completely light-pollution free, making the night skies some of the clearest you will ever witness.

Alternatively, as you approach the park, from the main highway you can see the Tasman Glacier, which is 27 kilometers long.

Lastly, there are many different types of birds and wildlife in the park to look out for. From Kaki/Black Stilt birds to black alpine Weta, you will most likely see one of these birds while there. Beware of the Kea birds though; these are mischievous parrots that always up to no good!
The town of Twizel is near the national park. You will most likely be passing through here before entering the park. There are three lakes in the region as well: Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo, and Lake Ohau. These are known as the bluest lakes in New Zealand. There are many campsites and accommodations in these areas if you choose to make a stop before actually heading into the park. For those Lord of the Rings fans, Lake Pukaki was the filming location for ‘Lake-town' in The Hobbit. The set was created at the Tasman Downs Station, which is on the shores of Lake Pukaki.

Tons of outdoor activities are available in Mount Cook National Park for all levels of fitness. These activities include walking, trekking, mountaineering, ice climbing, cycling, and many more. If you plan on climbing Mt Cook, it takes a lot of preparation in advance, and you will need ice-climbing gear.

The Department of Conservation website for New Zealand has information on all of the walks and treks in the area, so this is a great resource for travelers that are looking for that sort of activity. You can also ski on the Tasman Glacier!

A great activity for cyclists is the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail. The trail is 300 kilometers long and it starts at the Southern Alps in the park and ends at the Pacific Ocean in the town of Oamaru. This is a great way to see as much of the beautiful New Zealand scenery as possible, but is probably not for beginner cyclists.
Food and Dining
There are two main restaurants in the park, but both are pretty expensive. The first is called the Old Mountaineers Cafe; it is next to the DOC Visitor Information Center. The other is located in the Glentanner Park Centre, about 15 minutes away from Mt Cook Village. This one is a bit less expensive. You can always just buy food from the grocery store to cook yourself if you have the proper camping/cooking equipment!

You will most likely be passing through Twizel to enter the park, and this road takes you right into Mount Cook village. There is an airport down the road as well, called Mount Cook Airport. The best way to get here would be to rent a car and drive, that way you can navigate all throughout the park. Once you are in the park though, you can also walk! It is such a beautiful park that walking around it to get to trail heads or campsites really just feels like another scenic hike.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.