Mt Cook Lodge & Motels is one of only a handful of lodgings available in the remote Aoraki Mt Cook Village, the gateway to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.
Mt Cook Lodge & Motels together with YHA Aoraki Mt Cook are the most budget friendly options to visitors who want to stay near to the national park. It provides budget conscious travellers a range of accommodation from private self contained motels, double/twin rooms to backpacker dorm beds.
The lodge has a small reception area manned by helpful staff. Next to the reception is the TV room with a small TV and video player for guests to enjoy a movie or two during the wet rainy days that Mt Cook is famous for.
After a quick and efficient check-in, we went to the double room assigned to us on the first floor. Do note that the lodge doesn’t have a lift. The room was spacious and it came with a double bed and a single bed. The room comes with a balcony with view of the Southern Alps.
The cosy comfortable room comes with a TV with limited channels. Not really an issue as we didn’t come to Mt Cook to watch TV. The heater in the room comes in handy during the cold days and nights. Complimentary coffee, tea and milk is also provided. A small fridge in the room is also useful for us to store groceries that we brought with us.
The lodge onsite restaurant, Chamois Bar & Grill is open for dinner offering a variety of pub style food. Though the selection on the menu is limited, the place filled up rather quickly as there are not many eateries in Mount Cook Village. Do try to come early and get a table next to the panoramic windows for a magnificent view of the alps. Patrons can even enjoy a game of pool or darts or just have a drink while watching the sports action on the large TV in the pub.
For guests who are on a budget and want to prepare their own meals, the lodge has a communal kitchen that opens from 7am – 9pm. The communal kitchen is quite well equipped with toasters, stove tops, cooking utensils, crockery and a big freezer. The kitchen can be very busy during meal times – all the cooking utensils and stove tops are taken up. For those who plan to prepare their own meals while staying at the lodge, do make sure that you buy your groceries before arriving at Mt Cook Village as there is no supermarket in the village.
The lodge does not have complimentary WiFi. WiFi is chargeable at NZD4 per day. Guest laundry is available – washing machine and dryer chargeable at NZD2 per load.
Overall Mt Cook Lodge & Motels is a value for money accommodation choice for visitors to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. My two nights there cost NZD250.