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
The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre's 126-seat custom-designed
theatre is the world's only theatre with 2D, 3D and world-class
deﬁniti® Digital Dome Planetarium, contained within the same space.
Cutting edge technology allows the 2D screen to raise up for
storage while the 3D screen is in use and the Digital Dome
Planetarium to lower into place when required.
In the foyer of the theatre you'll find our museum showcasing
the history of the Mount Cook region through transport, climbing,
The Hermitage Hotel and pioneer extraordinaire, Sir Edmund Hillary
Preview the Sir Edmund Hillary
Alpine Centre, including the Cafe, Museum and Theatre
Open daily from 7.30am to 8.30pm (summer) and 8.00am to
(seasonal hours may vary)
||Child 4-14 yrs
Price includes unlimited entry per person for the duration of
your stay in Mount Cook to the museum and all theatre shows
including all Planetarium Features and all Documentaries in 2D.
Screening times may vary without notice. Please check at the
Activities desk for the most up to date timetable. Prices subject
to change without notice
Mount Cook Magic is an inspiring 3D cinematic experience unlike
any other. Filmed at Mount Cook for the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine
Centre, this is the next best thing to climbing Mount Cook, flying
across the Southern Alps or skiing the Tasman Glacier - in fact,
you'll think you're actually doing it all.
Mount Cook Magic begins with the Ngai Tahu Maori legend of the
creation of New Zealand, the Southern Alps and
mighty Aoraki Mount Cook...
...Then soar with the Keas, high above the mountains and
glaciers and accompany a climbing expedition to New Zealand's
...Ski the Tasman Glacier, explore crevasse fields, climb a
frozen waterfall and feel the exhilaration of being part of nature
shaping this dynamic environment.
Where science meets entertainment for an unrivalled 360 degree
cinematic experience in New Zealand's first full dome, digital
Planetarium. See the night sky like never before. Leave Earth, fly
to the edge of our galaxy and far beyond to the reaches of our
Where did it all begin? Is there life outside our own solar
system? From the discoveries of early astronomers to today's
inventions and man's ambition to explore beyond the Earth's
atmosphere, you'll be amazed by dramatic scientific breakthroughs
in the quest to understand our universe.
'Black Holes' brings to life all that is fascinating and extreme
in the world of black holes. Witness what would happen if you got
too close to one and see how a black hole is able to warp time and
Kids love Tycho! The
dog that doesn't just howl at the moon - he goes there! Learn about
night and day, space travel, phases of the Moon and features of the
lunar surface. Includes the much-loved singalong song "Don't
Hillary on Everest
See the candid documentary on the life of the great mountain
climber and explorer, Sir Edmund Hillary at the Sir Edmund Hillary
Alpine Centre. Not available on DVD, the documentary was produced
by Sir Edmund Hillary and his good friend, fellow Kiwi Tom
Follow the team as they brave the elements to answer
life-threatening emergency calls from unsuspecting climbers
stranded on the mountain, engulfed in the extreme conditions.
Howling winds and deep powdery snow blankets an unstable ice base
riddled with massive crevasses: it's too dangerous for the
helicopter to land but the search and rescue (SAR) team leaps from
the chopper, risking their lives to save another.