Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre information
Lonely Planet review
The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre opened in late 2007 – just three weeks before the January 2008 death of the man often regarded as the greatest New Zealander of all time. His commentary tracks were recorded only a few months before he died. The centre includes a full-dome digital planetarium showing four different digital presentations, and a cinema screen showing the Mt Cook Magic 3D movie and a fascinating 75-minute documentary about Sir Ed's conquest of Mt Everest. Another documentary, screened in the museum on a continual basis, reflects the charity and development work that Sir Edmund Hillary achieved in the decades after his conquest of Mt Everest in 1953. Admission to the museum itself is free.