The Hermitage Hotel

The Hermitage Hotel


The Hermitage proudly looks back on more than a hundred years of offering its guests finest comforts in a stunning setting: the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park has been declared a UNESCO world natural heritage.


The original Hermitage was built as early as 1884. However, after extensive damage to the original buildings, today’s Hermitage Hotel was inaugurated in 1958. The Hermitage is located between Christchurch and Queenstown.


Set at the heart of the wilderness, the hotel does its name full read more » justice: The surroundings are wildly beautiful, snow-capped mountains reach for the skies and dip down to deep valleys with lush forests.


New Zealand’s highest peak the impressive Aoraki Mount Cook dominates the panorama. Of course, so much pristine nature calls for outdoor activities. And rest assured, returning to the hotel happy but hungry, your culinary wellbeing is in excellent hands.


The Alpine Restaurant does not only offer lip-smacking delicacies but seasons its treats with a view of Mount Cook from every seat. The day starts with a sumptuous breakfast buffet that includes fresh bread, cereals and a selection of fruit juices.


A buffet is also available for lunch and dinner. Alternatively, visit the award-winning Panorama Restaurant. As you might expect, the views are spectacular – matched in excellence only by the specialities dished up!


Having dined and wined, stop by the Snowline Bar for a cocktail mixed to perfection or stiff drink in front of the open fireplace. The Coffee Shop prepares not only delightful coffee but also serves light snacks and the Chamois sports a casual pub flair.


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The luxurious Hermitage Hotel is divided into different sections and wings that accommodate a total of 214 rooms of different categories. The six-storey Aoraki Wing is the Hermitage’s 2001 addition.


The read more » Aoraki Wing offers sixty luxurious rooms that feature extra large panorama windows looking out onto the inspiring mountain scenery. Additionally, a pair of binocular is available for you.


You may dine in all style at the Panorama Restaurant and enjoy breakfast at the Alpine Restaurant. The modern air-conditioning system keeps the temperature pleasant, a safe protects your valuables and the TV provides entertainment.


The finely appointed bathroom offers both a large bathtub and a separate shower cabin. Two large beds ensure your absolute comfort at night. Drinks are available from the tea and coffee corner or the mini bar.


Four storeys high, the Wakefield Wing dates back to 1977 but underwent full restoration in 2002. The forty rooms are all equipped with cosy beds and private balconies. The facilities and furniture are similar to the Aoraki Wing rooms.


The 43 Superior Rooms are accommodated in the two-storey Mount Cook Wing. The refined units also boast a private balcony commanding a magnificent view. The Run of House Rooms are located in the wings Sefton and Tasman, however, they do not offer a mountain view.


Those who do not mind to self-supply may also consider the 32 motels and 18 chalets that are all located in close vicinity to the Hermitage Hotel.


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Despite its remote and lonely setting, the Hermitage Hotel boasts a large variety of sports and activity options that let time fly. Take it easy or be out and active. Skiing enthusiasts will certainly read more » delight in the powdery snow and glacier skiing.


The sun in your face and the wind in your hair, race through an inspiringly beautiful landscape! In the summer, you may explore the wild environment on long guided hikes. Alternatively, set out exploring aboard a boat or with a rugged four wheel drive.


Incidentally, the Hermitage Hotel has a number of stores and souvenir shops that provide everything from last minute cold weather clothing to local arts and portable memories to take home with you.


A highlight needs mentioning: The glacier tour takes you to the impressive Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s largest. After a short hike down to the lake, a boat will take you the rest of the way to the glacier.


Your camera is certainly a requisite for the tour. And neither should it be missing on a scenic flight that provides you with a breathtaking view from high up. Both light aircraft and helicopters are available.


Activities galore: A number of trekking tours on horseback take you far off the beaten path. Or just lean back at night, and stare into the southern hemisphere’s brilliant night sky, counting off a few millions of blinking stars.


And then you can always spend the next day trying your hand at the art of fly-fishing. Or you take a kayak out onto the lake… There is lot to do at the Hermitage Hotel – everything for a memorable holiday in New Zealand!



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