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The first hotel, Aoraki/Mt Cook

The first hotel, Aoraki/Mt Cook

Aoraki/Mt Cook was an early tourist destination, and a small hotel, the Hermitage, was built near the Mueller Glacier in 1894–95. Seen here around 1910, it was destroyed by floods in 1913 and replaced by a new structure. This burnt down in 1957, and was replaced by the current Hermitage hotel. Land around the mountain was reserved in the late 19th century, but Mt Cook National Park was not established until 1953.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'National parks - National parks – the beginnings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14422/the-first-hotel-aorakimt-cook (accessed 4 July 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Aug 2015