The Hermitage

The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

Winter 2018 Renovation Notice

Due to unforeseen circumstances during a re-construction program we have closed our Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre until 03rd August 2018.  We will still be operating an outdoor Stargazing tour departing nightly from our Aoraki Lobby for a reduced price of $75 per person. If you have any questions, please contact our Reservations Team on

Please also note our main ground floor lobby, activities desk, Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and Café are also closed over this period and our reception and activities desk will be operating from the Aoraki Lobby, accessible at the back of the hotel until 03rd August.  Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world's greatest explorers, the centre showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region, its people and its place in the universe.

The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre's 126-seat custom-designed theatre is the world's only theatre with 2D, 3D and a Digital Dome Planetarium, contained within the same space. Cutting edge technology allows the 2D screen to raise up for storage while the 3D screen is in use and the Digital Dome Planetarium to lower into place when required.

In the foyer of the theatre you'll find our museum showcasing the history of the Mount Cook region through transport, climbing, The Hermitage Hotel and pioneer extraordinaire, Sir Edmund Hillary himself.

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Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

Preview the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including the Cafe, Museum and Theatre

Open daily from 8am to 8pm (summer) and 8.30am to 7.30pm (winter)

(seasonal hours may vary)


Adult Child 4-14 yrs
$20 $10

Price includes unlimited entry per person for 48 hours to the museum and all theatre shows including all Planetarium Features (excluding Big Sky Stargazing Products) and all Documentaries in 2D.

Prices subject to change without notice

Please note screening times may vary without notice. Please check at the Activities desk for the most up to date timetable.


Mount Cook Magic in 3D

This is the next best thing to climbing Mount Cook, flying across the Southern Alps or skiing the Tasman Glacier - in fact, you'll think you're actually doing it all!…

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Digital Dome Planetarium

Broaden your horizons and experience the night sky like you have never seen it before with the Sky-Skan Definiti dome at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre Planetarium.…

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Documentaries in 2D

Choose from three outstanding and informative documentaries Hillary on Everest, The City Dark or Primeval New Zealand.…

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Theatre Session Times

View 3D, 2D & Planetarium schedule…

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