The Hermitage

Documentaries in 2D

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 Scott.

Hear Sir Edmund talk candidly about his ascent of Mount Everest and other expeditions; his early years; Mount Cook and the deaths of his first wife and daughter in a tragic plane crash.

We currently have two other spectacular and informative 2D documentaries to view...

Mountain Rescuers FilmMountain Rescuers

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.

Each year thousands of visitors from around the world flock to Aoraki Mt Cook, this is an attractive playground for adrenaline junkies. But it's also one of the most dangerous alpine undertakings in the world. Within minutes the backdrop of clear blue skies can turn into a bubbling cauldron of gale-force winds, driving snow, and dense cloud, eliminating all visibility.

PrimevalPrimeval New Zealand

A journey through time to unravel New Zealand's ancient past, and for the first time reveals the surprising origins of our most iconic animals... be prepared to be shocked!

Featuring stunning high definition action and startling super-slow motion images filmed by award winning documentary maker NHNZ and state of the art 3D modelling and CGI graphics produced by Weta Workshops NZ. To trace the origins of the kiwi, kakapo, kea and tuatara we travel back through time to reveal their ancestry and shed new light on the lesser known species. Primeval New Zealand is a spectacular celebration of the origins of life in New Zealand.



Adult Child 4-14 yrs
$20 $10

Price includes unlimited entry per person for the duration of your stay in Mount Cook to the museum and all theatre shows including  Mount Cook Magic in 3D and all Planetarium features.

See our current Theatre Schedule for screening times.

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