Facts - Follow the main road south from Christchurch and the first towns you’ll pass through are Ashburton and Timaru. Head west and you’ll find the unique inland farming towns of Geraldine and Fairlie as the landscape in front of you becomes more engaging and the peaks of the Southern Alps get closer. The jewel in the Southern Alps crown is, of course, NZ’s tallest peak – the 3754m/12315ft Mount Cook. Look out for for your first glimpse from the shores of the turquoise Lake Pukaki. The towns and countryside, from beach to mountains, make up the region known as Aoraki District. Aoraki is a Maori word for Mount Cook, meaning ‘cloud piercer’. Geraldine - you’ll find dozens of reasons to stop for a while around Geraldine – the town itself was established in 1854 and today it’s a prosperous farming area with sheep, cattle, deer, cows, cropping and fruit growing in abundance. Geraldine’s tree-lined streets and beautiful old buildings give the town a pleasant ‘old-world’ atmosphere but there’s nothing old-fashioned about the cuisine. In the last few years Geraldine has come into its own when it comes to fabulous café food, pub gardens, home made cheeses and chocolates, wine bars and local fruit products. Pleasant Point - Just 20 minutes drive from Geraldine or Temuka, this is a small, friendly township. Highlight is the town’s museum and fully restored and functioning steam locomotive as well as the world’s only Ford Model T railcar. Look out for Pleasant Point family events, such as ‘Friends of Thomas’ or visit anytime and take a ride on the steam train or railcar. Timaru - a vibrant town with an Edwardian heart, a mountain backdrop and sweeping beaches. The beachfront has a traditional flavour with promenades, playground and picnic areas, making it an ideal family stop off. Other activities include dolphin watching cruise, climbing, biking, the South Canterbury Museum with its famous Maori rock art, mini golf, maze and ice skating. Aoraki Mount Cook - see the landscape change drastically - from the flat plains of Canterbury’s farmland to the rugged Southern Alps. Leave the beach behind and experience instead the stunning turquoise waters of Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo. The highlight of this road has to be the stunning view of the 3754m/12315ft Mount Cook, from the shores of Lake Pukaki. There’s plenty of accommodation in Mount Cook village, with great family options being the YHA or the Glentanner Park Centre - the only holiday park, with cabins and powered sites, at Aoraki Mt Cook.
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- Cnr Bowen & Kitchener Drives, Mt Cook
- +64 3 435 1820
- +64 3 435 1821
- Nightly Rates From:
$125.00 per double room
This spacious, alpine lodge style accommodation is right in the heart of the Southern Alps and Mount Cook National Park. We offer double or twin rooms, or 3, 4 or 6 bed private rooms, as well as family rooms with a double bed and bunk. The hostel has warm and inviting living areas with Sky TV, videos and games, internet, central heating throughout, cosy fire and a free sauna! The hostel is eco-friendly and has a garden and BBQ area, as well as being a couple of minutes stroll from local restaurants, DOC office and the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Surrounded by open space, with bike hire available, this is an ideal family location in one of the most stunning settings in New Zealand.... more