Aoraki / Mount Cook
Aoraki, or Mount Cook, lies in the Southern Alps, the mountain range which runs the length of the South Island, which is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand.
According to Ngāi Tahu folklore, Sky Father’s sons, Aoraki and his brothers, were traveling by sea when their canoe overturned on a reef. The brothers stood on top of the canoe, but a freezing south wind blew and turned them into stone. The canoe became the South Island, also known as Te Waka o Aoraki, and the brothers became the Alpine peaks.
Mount Cook sits in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, which is also part of New Zealand’s only International Dark Sky Reserve.
Country: New Zealand
Mount Cook is located in the Canterbury region of New Zealand.
Mountain Range: Southern Alps
Height: 12,218 feet / 3,724 meters
First Ascent: 1894 by Tom Fyfe, George Graham, and Jack Clarke
Fun Fact: Mount Cook is the highest mountain peak in New Zealand.