**Updated : June 2023**
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If You're Visiting for the First Time . . .
The drive to Mt. Cook National Park is half of the adventure itself. With incredible views of gatorade blue rivers and lakes, stunning mountain tops and beautiful glaciers - this is the main reason we recommend that you drive - so you can stop to get out and explore wherever you want! If you decide to drive, you can check out our guide here that highlights the best places to stop along the way!
Whether you decide to drive or not, you'll want to make the best out of your trip to Mt. Cook National Park. After our first visit, we gathered a short list of things we wish we would have known before our visit - we hope they make your experience easier and more memorable!
Hikes and Best Things to Do
Mt. Cook National Park is one of the most beautiful National Parks we've ever been to. If this is your first time, we hope you spend some time getting outdoors and taking in the incredible views! Because we were only visiting for the day, we only had time for one hike, the Blue Lakes Hike that eventually leads to the Tasman Glacier Overlook, which we would 100% recommend! (Especially if you've never seen a glacier before!) If you do have time for some other hikes or are looking for something longer, here's a quick rundown of some hikes in the park :
Although we highly encourage you to get out and enjoy the views when visiting a National Park, some of you might be looking for some other things to do that don't require much hiking. Don't worry! There are plenty of other things to do that don't require much movement and still let you enjoy the views - here are some things we've put on our list for next time :
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