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Live Like a Local

The Inside Scoop on the Best Places to Eat, Drink, Play & Stay in Abel Tasman

Live Like a Local

Izzie is a proud Cantabrian, who was schooled in Christchurch. Formerly a Guide on the Routeburn and Milford Tracks (NZ Great Walks), she’s joined our Mount Cook Ski Planes team in our operations department. Izzie combines a passion for the environment and the outdoors with a love of people.



When Izzie’s feeling peckish her go-to dining choice is a Fairlie Bakehouse Pie! These hand-made treats (which are easily a meal) are available from the The Sir Edmund Hillary Café & Bar.



After a long day at work, Izzie’s favourite place to grab a drink is Chamois Bar & Grill. With a pool table, jukebox and a sports screen she always manages to keep herself entertained.



In her spare time Izzie loves making the most of what the Mt Cook National Park has to offer. With stunning walks galore, she doesn’t find herself short of options. Her favourite is the Sealy Tarns Track which rises 600m from the village. She sometimes even spots a few local Kea’s – New Zealand’s native bird and the world’s only alpine parrot.


Must Do

It wouldn’t be a trip to Aoraki/Mt Cook without experiencing a Mt Cook Ski Planes and Helicopter flight! Izzie’s favourite is the Ultimate Alpine Experience which combines a flight in a helicopter and a ski plane. Book your experience here!  Issie is also excitedly anticipating the opening of Skydive Mount Cook in September.



Issie recommends the Aoraki Court Motel. This Motel offers modern rooms and mountain views in an apartment style complex. It’s the top rated accommodation on Google. If you’re watching the pennies, Issie recommends YHA Aoraki/Mt Cook.


For the Kids

Issie says try the Tasman River Walk that will take you to the Tasman Terminal Lake. Once you’ve seen it from above, you’ll be amazed at the size of the icebergs. This track is family friendly (suitable for pushchairs) and is flat and well maintained – suitable for little legs.