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At 3754 metres, Aoraki/Mt Cook is New Zealand and Australasia's highest mountain. There are no ski lifts or resorts on or in the direct area surrounding Aoraki/Mt Cook, although it is a ski touring and mountaineering mecca of New Zealand. Aoraki means "Cloud Piercer" in the Ngai Tahu dialect of the Maori language. Historically, the Maori name has been spelt Aorangi in the "canonical" Maori form. The first ascent of the Mountain was on 25 December 1894, when New Zealanders Tom Fyfe, James (Jack) Clarke and George Graham successfully reached the summit via the Hooker Valley and the north ridge.Other attractions include ski touring, Mountaineering climbing, scenic flights, ski plane snow landings and boat trips that allow you to explore the murky waters of Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. There are 27 other mountains in this alpine backbone which peak at over 3050 metres, and hundreds of others not far short of that - all making up the famous Southern Alps.

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Location & Travel Info
Country: New Zealand
Region: Mackenzie
Address: Mount Cook
Nearest Town: Mount Cook / Twizel
Nearest Airport: Christchurch
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Mount Cook118 cm
Mount Aspiring72 cm
The Remarkables57 cm
Snow Farm47 cm
Snow Park47 cm
Ohau45 cm
Cardrona43 cm
Mount Hutt33 cm
Alpure Peaks32 cm
Fox Peak32 cm
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  • MOUNTCOOK: Paul Wilson Images NZ visited the National park to talk at the Starlight Festival that we proudly hosted in... 173 days ago
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