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.

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What travellers think

Best for

  • Nature-lovers
  • Relaxing
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Sightseeing

Green rating



Everything was very good.


Avatar for JAE WON


Wed 03 Feb 2016

Great Hostel!


Avatar for Bernd


Sun 31 Jan 2016