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Locating Mt Cook

Map of NZ showing Mt CookAoraki - Mount Cook is located centrally in New Zealand's Southern Alps.
Adding to the picturesque qualities of the location, Mount Cook lies at the head of Lake Pukaki and the melted waters of the surrounding glaciers melt and run into the lake.

The closest major international airport to Mount Cook and the Mackenzie Country is in Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island.

The route into Mount Cook is approximately 60km from the main route through the central South Island and is a no exit road along the western shore of Lake Pukaki.

Estimated travel times

Times from:
Christchurch 3 hours 30 mins
Queenstown 2 hours 10 mins
Wanaka 2 hours 00 mins
Dunedin 2 hours 50 mins
Timaru 2 hours 30 mins
Fairlie 1 hour 40 mins
Lake Tekapo 1 hour


Map of South Canterbury

Local transport options for Mt Cook

Cook Connection
The Cook Connection Address: Lake Tekapo
Freephone: 0800 26 65 26
Phone: +64 (0)21 583 211
Description: Cook Connection operates a mini-bus service between Lake Tekapo, Twizel and Mt Cook between September and June (peak season only).
Mackenzie Journeys
Mackenzie Journeys Location Lake Tekapo
Phone +64 3 6856045
Description Mackenzie Journeys offer an exclusive charter service to and from other centres and on popular routes, such as to and from Christchurch International Airport. They can transfer visitors (and their bikes) to and from other destinations.


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