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BIG SKY STARGAZING
Aoraki/Mount Cook is far from city lights and therefore has some of the darkest skies in New Zealand - perfect for viewing the night sky. Explore the southern sky every clear evening from the Hillary Deck with expert astronomy guides. Telescopes ensure a close look at stars, planets, moon craters and distant galaxies.
Established walks include the 10 minute Bowen Track, the 15 minute Glencoe walk, and nature trails to Kea Point (2.5 hour return) and Governors Bush (1 hour).
THE SIR EDMUND HILLARY ALPINE CENTRE
A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world’s greatest explorers, the centre showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region, its people, and its place in the universe.
LORD OF THE RINGS GONDOR LOCATION - TWIZEL
This 2-hour tour gives you access onto the private land where the Gondor location was filmed. Enjoy insider stories about what it was like to be an orc and rider on location. Pose with replica swords, masks, and flags for that extra special video or photo for your album. Not just for Lord of the Rings fans; anyone with an interest in movie making will enjoy this unique attraction.