Getting there & away
The village’s small airport only serves aerial sightseeing companies. Some of these may be willing to combine transport to, say, the West Coast (ie Franz Josef) with a scenic flight, but flights are heavily dependent on weather.
If you book a one-way trip to/from Mt Cook with InterCity (03-365 1113; www.intercitycoach.co.nz), you’ll end up on the morning departure of the Newmans Coach Lines service. Head to Mt Cook from Christchurch (one-way $69), Queenstown (one-way $69) and Wanaka (one-way with a change in Tarras, $53); buses stop at the YHA and the Hermitage, both of which handle bookings.
InterCity subsidiary Newmans Coach Lines (www.newmanscoach.co.nz) Christchurch (03-379 9020) Queenstown (03-4427 319) runs the Mt Cook Wanderer, a Christchurch–Mt Cook–Queenstown (or reverse) sightseeing trip costing $148/99 per adult/child from Christchurch and $114/76 from Queenstown. Connections from Wanaka are available.
The Cook Connection (0800 266 526, 021 583 211; www.cookconnect.co.nz) has shuttle services to Twizel (one-way $20) and Lake Tekapo (one-way $28). Bus services in these towns link to on to major centres such as Christchurch, Queenstown, Wanaka and Dunedin.