Mt Cook Education Outside the Classroom

Located just 18km from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, Glentanner is a great base  for any school camp or field trip - suitable for primary, intermediate, secondary and tertiary level studies. Aoraki Mt Cook and the surrounding region offers a huge number of learning opportunities in a supportive environment, and is already very popular.

For a camp based around outdoor activities and experiences or a science/social science field trip, this is the place to go! We look forward to welcoming your school or education institution here to the high country.

Aoraki Mount Cook Activities

The Helicopter Line: Breathtaking scenic helicopter flights with snow landings (school discounts offered).

Glacier Explorers Boat Trip: Explore the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake by boat (school discounts offered).

Search and Rescue: Learn how the Search and Rescue team steps in to help when things go wrong in the mountains.

Walks: The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home to 10 short or day walks. The most popular for school groups are the Hooker Valley, Kea Point, Blue Lakes and Governors Bush tracks.

Department of Conservation Visitor Centre: The newly upgraded visitor and education centre opened at the end of 2009. This is an outstanding free educational resource. Schools can organise a ranger to talk and also complete search activities while researching and browsing the centre.

Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre: Based at the Hermitage Hotel, this centre offers schools three fantastic activities: a 3D movie about the area, planetarium and the museum (school discounts offered).

Mackenzie/Twizel Area: Visits include Twizel Kaki/Black Stilt Recovery Programme, Benmore Power Station and Visitor Centre and Twizel Department of Conservation Ranger talks.

Glentanner as a Winter Destination

As well as being a fantastic summer destination, Glentanner Park is a great place for a school camp (or any other group) in the winter months. With the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre, Search and Rescue Activities and the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre there is plenty to do regardless of the weather. Glentanner is also located only 1 hour's drive to the Ohau and Roundhill ski fields and only 50 minutes to Lake Tekapo Alpine Springs, Spa and Winter Park. Biennially in August, Long Beach School from Ashburton have a very successful winter camp, participating in these activities. Watch the slideshow video below to see for yourself!

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Field Trip

Discovering Plants and Animals


Beech Forest



Discovering Natural Features

Glaciated Environment

Moraine Development

Braided River


Discovering People in the Park/Mackenzie

Human Impacts

Sustainable Future






Plus many more possible themes. Discuss other options with the LEOTC educator.

Organising your Camp

To organise your accommodation contact Glentanner Park Reception on 0800 453 682 or or fill in the contact form.

To organise your school camp and to make activity bookings contact the Department of Conservation LEOTC educator on 03 4351795.