Aoraki / Mt Cook

Mt Cook National Park is known for its exquisite alpine beauty and is home to the highest mountain in New Zealand, Mt Cook. Its Maori name, ‘Aoraki’ means ‘cloud piercer’ and at 12,016ft (3,755m) it towers above the surrounding snow-covered peaks in the park. A third of the park is covered in permanent ice and snow and the mighty Tasman Glacier is the longest glacier outside of the polar regions. Glacial melt gives the lakes their beautiful milky, turquoise colour and there are many walks in the area to take in the dramatic beauty. This is the very heart and soul of a World Heritage and National Park wilderness playground. Ice, snow, hidden valleys, lakes and glaciers offer golden opportunities for discovery, relaxation and adventure.

Suggested Activities Include:

  • Mount Cook Heli-Skiing
  • Mount Cook – Earth and Sky Stargazing Night Tour
  • Mueller Glacial Sea Kayaking
  • Tasman Glacier Boat Trip
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • Helicopter or Fixed Wing Plane Scenic Flight
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