Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
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Designed to educate and entertain, the centre features a spectacular state-of-the-art 3D movie, New Zealand's first full dome digital Planetarium and Museum which documents the pioneering heart of the region and features the impressive Hillary Gallery. The cafe and bar area offers indoor and outdoor seating and floor to ceiling mountain views.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Jibby9
    Lakes Entrance, Australia281 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for those interested in the great achiever
    Great content and you even get to watch a movie at your leisure. Well worth it if you already have an interest in Sir Edmund Hillary but if you've never heard of him, then perhaps do your homework before you go in. Great photos and paraphernalia from his famous treks.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
  • dbl201
    Palm Beach, Australia70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We love Mount Cook, New Zealand at its Best!
    We've been there before some years ago with some American friends and the four of us revisited it again. This place is fabulous, great scenery, interesting visit to the Edmond Hillary Museum. The planetarium session was a bit disappointing, partly because we could hardly hear the script read by a young man (without much enthusiasm in my view). At the alpine centre, the food was good, plenty of choices and the staff generally very kind. Accommodation was excellent at the Aoraki Motel, well appointed cabins and friendly owner.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 November 2023
  • JHMTTL
    Woodbine, Maryland1,795 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
    The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre is located in the Mt. Cook Hermitage Hotel. It consists of displays of the life of Sir Edmund Hillary as well as other explorers. The equipment is primitive compared to current options. I encourage you to take take your time and watch the two short movies. Sir Edmund Hillary climbed the local mountains to develop his skills before conquering Mt. Everest.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 March 2024
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Expially D
Abbotsford, Canada664 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This small museum provides a good deal of information about Sir Edmund Hillary's exploits as a mountain climber and explorer of Antarctica. Very interesting displays of equipment and memorabilia, along with a looping film about his life in the museum area. There is also a theatre, and you can watch a few different films there at scheduled times, as part of your admission. We saw Mountain Rescuers -- very worthwhile. There was also a 3D film which we started to watch but this was not as good, we thought. We were staying at the hotel, so visiting this place was an easy choice for us, but anyone with an interest in mountaineering in general, climbing on Mount Cook, or Hillary's life, would enjoy this attraction, even if it meant going a little out of their way to access it. Allow yourself plenty of time, especially if you plan to see some of the films. Access is through the hotel gift shop. Pay for your tickets at the gift shop cashier -- not at the activity desk at the back (where we waited in line for a while only to be redirected to the cashier).
Written 7 April 2024
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Maureen W
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Walked into the museum and almost instantly saw a film where a small boy was being horribly beaten. There may be some context to this but it so unnerved me we left after 15 minutes and it’s bothered me since. There needs to be a warning or a specific room so the unexpecting person is not shocked. Or better yet edit that horror out.
Written 15 March 2024
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JHMTTL
Woodbine, MD1,795 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre is located in the Mt. Cook Hermitage Hotel. It consists of displays of the life of Sir Edmund Hillary as well as other explorers. The equipment is primitive compared to current options. I encourage you to take take your time and watch the two short movies. Sir Edmund Hillary climbed the local mountains to develop his skills before conquering Mt. Everest.
Written 15 March 2024
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Paul T
Mount Gambier, Australia216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Lots of pictures and memorabilia. The movie are informative and tells you a lot of information about the Mount Cook and Mount Everest climbs.
Written 19 January 2024
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Arsenikos
Athens, Greece126 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
To get to the museum you pass a big door of glass.Looking through this glass door you can see almost the 99% of the museum.You can’t see only some photos of Hillary.I could never believe that in a country as NZ ,one should pay 25 NZ$ for seeing nothing extra IN the museum.
Written 19 December 2023
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dbl201
Palm Beach, Australia70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We've been there before some years ago with some American friends and the four of us revisited it again. This place is fabulous, great scenery, interesting visit to the Edmond Hillary Museum. The planetarium session was a bit disappointing, partly because we could hardly hear the script read by a young man (without much enthusiasm in my view).
At the alpine centre, the food was good, plenty of choices and the staff generally very kind. Accommodation was excellent at the Aoraki Motel, well appointed cabins and friendly owner.

Written 26 November 2023
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Jibby9
Lakes Entrance, Australia281 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great content and you even get to watch a movie at your leisure. Well worth it if you already have an interest in Sir Edmund Hillary but if you've never heard of him, then perhaps do your homework before you go in. Great photos and paraphernalia from his famous treks.
Written 7 November 2023
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Emma A
Portsmouth, UK103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
What a lovely museum and collection of items, photos etc.

We spent a good hour in the museum reading everything, watching the videos and listening to interviews. Whether you're interested in aircraft, cars, skiing, mountaineering, adventuring or even just architecture - there is a wealth of fascinating information here along with exciting videos and large blown-up photographs taken on Sir Edmund's various expeditions.

Really enjoyed our time here.

The only issue my dad and I had whilst visiting was the loud music playing from the café above. I think it was the radio (or may have been a playlist) of very generic modern pop/dance which didn't suit the vibe of the museum at all. I understand there is a café there and it's normal for eateries to have music and I also understand due to the design of the building that it's open plan so the aircraft can fit/you can look down on the museum from the café. I think it was more the volume of the music, it was just too loud and some of the videos on display are quite quiet/normal volume, but due to the loud music it was quite hard to hear especially for my 69 year old dad.

Also some clear signage to the Edmund Hilary statue would be nice - however, the staff were so friendly and helpful - they showed us the way.
Written 31 August 2023
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817sandramp
Adelaide, Australia310 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Hadn't realized that this was part of the hotel, assuming quite wrongly that it was a stand alone "museum" - we paid our entry fee which also entitled us to admission to the 3D movie. There were some quite interesting displays, including the restored Ferguson tractor, one of 5 which were used in the 1956 Antarctic expedition. My husband managed to look around within an hour but because I like to read most everything I was in there for a good couple of hours.
Written 9 June 2023
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Sue2ieq
Auckland, New Zealand13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Exorbitant price for what is there! We were told it would take 30 to 40 mins to make our way around.... we were done in 10. Happy to pay ... but not more than $10. I've been to far better museums for way less money. Very frustrated!
Written 11 April 2023
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