The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world’s greatest explorers, the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region, its people and its place in the universe. Designed to educate and entertain, the centre features a spectacular state-of-the-art 3D Mount Cook Magic movie (Chinese & Japanese headset translations available), the world's southern most digital dome Planetarium, documentaries and a Museum which documents the pioneering heart of the region and features the impressive Hillary Gallery. The cafe and bar area offers indoor and outdoor seating and floor to ceiling mountain views. Explorer Passes includes unlimited entry for a 24hr period to the museum and all theatre shows

Opening Hours

Business hours
    Summer 7.00am - 8.30pm, 7 days. Winter 9am -7pm, 7 days. Please call 0800 68 68 00 to confirm screening times of 3D movie and planetarium features or check the information screens inside The Hermitage Hotel lobby.
Months of operation
    All Year
  • Proximity to airport:
    Nearest national and international airports are Christchurch and Queenstown
    Proximity to town:
    Located at the Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Village

Pricing & Conditions

Pass includes unlimited entry into the theatre, featuring a 3D Mount Cook Magic movie, documentaries. all Planetarium features and museum within a 24hr period.