Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand? If you're planning to go to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, I've got some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Based on the climate and weather in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, the best time to go is February. See below for details.

Important essentials for Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

    Cases are climbing again, and areas are returning to lockdown. If you or a companion get COVID-19, you may be stuck with no way home -- but travel insurance can protect you. Learn more about COVID-19 and travel insurance


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an easy-to-carry plane-friendly option.

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks are not available for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID-19 protection you can have.


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards frequently wear out. An unreadable vaccination card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps stop that.

General health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some areas of this country may have unreliable tap water, so it's useful to take an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a superb kit.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

What to wear/what to pack for Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand by month

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January

If you go to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park in January, you will notice that it is balmy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (low 20s C).

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February

If you go to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park in February, you will notice that it is mild. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (low 20s C).

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March

Traveling to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park in March, you will notice that it is cool and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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April

If you go to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park in April, you will notice that it is crisp and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

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May

May in this region is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. There is frost a bit less than half of the time. It rains 5-10 days this month.

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June

June in this region can be very chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost about two thirds of the time. It rains regularly.

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July

If you go to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park in July, you will notice that it is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C). There is frost most days.

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August

August in this region is brisk and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost about half of the time. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

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September

If you go to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park in September, you will notice that it is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C). There is frost sometimes.

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October

In October, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is relatively cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, with several of the days of the month having rain.

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November

November in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is cool and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain 5-10 days this month.

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December

If you vacation in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park during December, you may see that it is chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

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