The Hermitage

The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

Discover the history of this iconic region.  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 8.30am - 8.30am (March - September)

(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 360degree dome shows (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.


Big Sky Stargazing

The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is a "gold-rated" reserve, meaning the darkness of our night skies is almost unbeatable!…

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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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360 Degree 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.…

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Documentaries in 2D

Choose from our outstanding and informative documentaries in…

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Theatre Session Times

View 3D, 2D & 360 Digital Dome Shows schedule…

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