Unless you're a serious mountaineer with time to kill, you won't get better views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and its glaciers than those offered...
Has five options, from a 20-minute flight ($195) to an hour-long trip taking in Aoraki/Mt Cook and Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers ($500)....
Pick up supplies at the Four Square supermarket and the nearby bakery
Grab an outdoor table with views to the lake – try and look past the minigolf course – then select from a decent menu that includes roasted venison or baked Mt Cook salmon. Lunchtime offerings are more casual (burgers and salads) and next door is the town’s pub for more nocturnal action.