Aoraki / Mount Cook

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

Elevation: 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.


Mount Cook viewpoint with the Lake Pukaki and the road leading to Mount Cook village.
Glacier lake with ice blocks and background of misty Mount Cook shot during early spring
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
Sunset at Mueller Glacier Aoraki Mt Cook National Par, South Island, New Zealand
Stunning Mt Cook view in New Zealand
Southern alps with Mount Cook and Mt. Tasman reflected in Lake Mathesson, New Zealand
View of Mount Cook (Aoraki), Mount Wakefield, Mueller Glacial Lake and Mueller Lateral Moraine from Kea Point, New Zealand during early Spring
Sunset at Mueller Glacier Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, South Island, New Zealand
Mount Cook Sunset, South Island New Zealand
Reflection of mt Cook in Hooker Lake, Aoraki National Park, New Zealand
Aoraki Mount Cook During Blue Hour Sunset From Hooker River.

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