Bus and Coach Services From Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
New Zealand's South Island with its unique 8 unique geographical regions
and diverse natural beauty, from soaring mountain peaks of the Southern
Alps, fiords, glaciers, lakes,
rivers, native alpine bush and the southern skifields by bus and coach from
3,754m Mount Cook (its Maori name is Aoraki) is New Zealand's highest
mountain. Nudging one side of Mt Cook is the mighty Tasman Glacier, one of
the longest outside the Himalayas.
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park (70,696 hectares) is New Zealand's great
alpine park. It has the highest mountains and the largest glaciers.
Aoraki/Mount Cook Village and all visitors to the park are dwarfed by the
immensity of the landscape that surrounds them.
Aoraki/Mount Cook National
Park was formally established as a national park in 1953 from reserves that
were established as early as 1887 to protect the area’s significant
vegetation and landscape.
Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park is located in the central part of the South
Island, deep in the heart of the Southern Alps.
The Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park is a harsh land of ice and rock. Glaciers
cover 40% of it. There are 19 peaks over 3,000 metres including of course
New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook. The park is also part of
Te Waipounamu - South Westland World Heritage Area in recognition of its
outstanding natural values.
The glaciers that have helped shape the park's landscape include five major
valley systems: Godley, Murchison, Tasman, Hooker and Mueller. The Tasman
Glacier, New Zealand's largest and longest glacier, is clearly visible from
the main highway at the entrance of the park.
Aoraki/Mt Cook village is located on the southern slopes of Aoraki/Mount
Cook, 12 kilometres south of Aoraki/Mount Cook's summit. It is located to
Lake Pukaki by Highway 80 and to the face of the Hooker Glacier, on the
upper reaches of the Tasman River.
The village serves as a
tourist centre and base camp for mountaineers, and lies within the borders
of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. The Hermitage, the name of which dates
back to the original hotel built in 1884, is a prominent and popular
location in the village, and is sometimes used as an alternative name for
the settlement. The nearest town to Aoraki/Mount Cook village is Twizel being 35 kms away.
Mt Cook/Aorak is in modern buses and coaches with
InterCity Coachlines operating a fleet
of eco-friendly air conditioned buses with reclining seats and foot
Newmans Coachlines operate premier
services using a fleet of modern eco-friendly air conditioned coaches
featuring reclining seats with foot and head rests and onboard toilet/washroom
InterCity Coachlines operates the
overnight services between Wellington, Palmerston North, Taupo,
Rotorua, Hamilton and Auckland or vice versa, connecting at
Cook Strait ferry services
from Mt Cook to
Wellington that operating
between the South and North Islands.
The Starlighter service features reclining
seats with foot and head rests, individual reading lights and air conditioning
controls, onboard toilet/washroom facility and makes two
refreshment/comfort stops on route.
If you want to
explore and see New Zealand's unique scenic beauty from Mt Cook/Aoraki,
there are a range of flexible 'Book As You Go'
bus, scenic coach, ferry travel and
value for money travel.
Your 'Book As You Go' flexible bus, scenic coach and ferry pass, allows
you to travel through out New Zealand on New Zealand's largest regional and
national bus, coach, scenic coach, ferry and sightseeing network, that
includes Cook Strait ferry sailings between the North and South Islands,
sightseeing tours - like dolphin watching cruises in the Bay of Islands and
Travel is discounted, so you will be saving money, as you travel
plus it gives you total freedom to alter your plans whenever you want.
Set your own itinerary and travel when you want, as your 'Book As
You Go' flexible bus, scenic coach and ferry pass is valid for 12 months so you can
stay a while and leave when you please.