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YHA Mt Cook

Corner Bowen & Kitchener Drives, Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

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Come and relax in the welcoming YHA Mt Cook after a busy day enjoying the majestic beauty of New Zealand's tallest mountain Aoraki Mt Cook.

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Mount Cook National Park Hostel

Hostel Mount Cook National Park

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Welcome to YHA Mt Cook ! After a busy day enjoying the majestic beauty of New Zealand tallest mountain, Aoraki / Mt Cook, come back to our spacious alpine lodge backpacker accommodation and enjoy a good nights sleep in the natural surroundings of Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, located in the heart of the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

YHA Mt Cook backpacker lodge and hostel offers relaxed accommodation with warm and inviting living areas with guitars, games, free videos and a free sauna ! In summer make use of the picnic area outside and breathe in the pure New Zealand mountain air.

All local tour bookings can be arranged free of charge at the hostel and the friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy to advise you about the best travel, accommodation and activity opportunities for backpackers in the Aoraki / Mount Cook area and the central South Island region.

The accommodation rates at YHA Mt Cook include a $1 per night community levy to assist with Aoraki / Mount Cook village development.

Looking forward to seeing you !, Special features at YHA Mt Cook that backpackers love …

... Absolutely stunning location in the heart of Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, the best backpacker accommodation in town.
... The free sauna !
... A warm, welcoming environment ...
... YHA Mt Cook works alongside the Department of Conservation to help protect the natural environment of Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park.
... WiFi access throughout the hostel as well as card and coin internet access.

About Aoraki / Mt Cook village and the national park
The YHA Mt Cook hostel is situated close to Aoraki / Mount Cook, the tallest mountain in Australasia. There are a number of glaciers around Aoraki / Mount Cook including the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s longest glacier. Experience the glacier boat trips on the terminal lakes where you will get close to the only icebergs in Australasia, explore some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand on a unique glacier sea kayaking adventure, one of the best sub-alpine experiences to try when in the Aoraki Mount Cook area.

Aoraki / Mount Cook village is surrounded by beautiful nature walks for all abilities - some of the most beautiful on Earth we might add! For a bird’s eye view take a scenic flight over the majestic Southern Alps to the wild West Coast and some planes will even land you (precariously) on top of the Tasman Glacier.

The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre is located near the hostel and has a fascinating museum, planetarium and 3D movie theatre. There are climbing courses and stargazing tours which can also be booked free from YHA Mt Cook hostel. Aoraki / Mount Cook village also has some great restaurants, cafes and bars :- Tasty casual fare at the Old Mountaineers Café Bar and Restaurant and fine dining at the celebrated Hermitage Hotel.

Situated right in the centre of the Southern Alps of the South Island, Aoraki / Mt Cook village is located near the popular tourist spots of Lake Tekapo, Omarama, Twizel and is a 3 or 4 hour drive from Queenstown and Christchurch.

Top activities whilst backpacking in Aoraki / Mt Cook national park.
... Nature walks for all abilities, some of the most beautiful in New Zealand and the world.
... Get scenic: take a boat ride to visit the Tasman glacier or a scenic flight over the Southern Alps and the West Coast with a glacier landing.
... Glacier sea kayaking – a totally unique adventure to be had at Aoraki / Mount Cook, no where else in New Zealand.
... Heli-skiing is an iconic winter activity but why not try heli-biking in summer !
... Visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre for entertaining family-friendly fun with its Planetarium, 3D movie theater and museum.
... And don’t forget to pause a little and gaze upwards for incredible views of Aoraki / Mount Cook right from the village.

*subject to availability


Prices are non-member prices

Sorry, there is no availability for the dates you have chosen or the hostel is closed. Please refer to the hostel information for contact details and opening dates.

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • If a cancellation is made within 3 days of arrival time for a booking of 1 night you will be charged for 1 night.
  • If a cancellation is made within 3 days of arrival time for a booking of 2 nights you will be charged for 2 nights.
  • If a cancellation is made within 3 days of arrival time for a booking of 3 or more nights you will be charged for 3 nights.
  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 14:00 and 20:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 19:00
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 16 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 10 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • Sauna
  • TV room
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Charges Apply

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning Type - In selected areas
  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - At Reception
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 08:00 to 20:00
From 14:00 to 20:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +64 (0)3 435 1820

Fax. +64 (0)3 435 1821

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Glacier Explorers (500m to 1km)
  • Mount Cook Ski Planes (3 to 5km)

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Perfect, clean bed and bathroom, friendly staff, Perfect!


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Shao Ting,

Sat 31 Mar 2018



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Sun 19 Nov 2017

I love that the rooms and facilities are brand new. Its very clean and cosy as well.


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Cynthia Yoke Wah,

Fri 27 Oct 2017

Can't imagine such a hostel in a mountain area is still can offer the best facilities as needed which inc a sauna and a nice kitchen, and whole building built up with wood wall which is quite charming look and well suite to the mountain environment.


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Miew Kiong,

Wed 14 Sep 2016

I really enjoy to stay in YHA Mt Cook, as well as the staffs are very helpful and nice! They provide blankets in the common room that definitely is sweet heart. I miss there!


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Wai Chun,

Mon 14 Mar 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • City Centre (500m - 1km)
  • Cycle trails
  • Hiking / Walking trails (Less than 500m)
  • Distance to Local market (500m - 1km)
  • Mountainous Area (500m - 1km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (500m - 1km)
  • National / State Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Nightlife (500m - 1km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (500m - 1km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (1 to 2km)
  • Distance to Shopping area / Mall (500m - 1km)
  • Ski area (3 to 5km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (At or next to the hostel)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (At or next to the hostel)
  • Wooded Area (Less than 500m)
Getting to us

Getting to us

198km from Christchurch International Airport
All Buses & Shuttles drop off and pick up from the hostel.
Alternate Transport
Pick up Highway 80 near Twizel ... drive towards the mountains .. At the Hostel
Parking is available at the hostel

Sustainability initiatives


  • Low carbon activities
  • Public transportation is promoted
  • Environmental cleaning


  • Energy saving lights
  • Insulation and ventilation systems
  • Renewable energy
  • Green energy supplies
  • Energy efficiency appliances


  • Working with local community
  • Mission-based activities


  • Recycling areas
  • Composting
  • Local and seasonal food


  • Water savers in showers
  • Water savers in toilet
  • Water-wise garden

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