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Mount Cook - New Zealand
Introduction
Mt Cook, or Aoraki the Cloud Piercer is the highest mountain in New Zealand, standing 3754m (12,316ft) high. The mountain, which attracts climbers from all over the world to its snow-covered peaks, stands in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, on New Zealand's South Island. Aoraki means 'Cloud Piercer' in Maori and the mountain is so called due to its breathtaking peaks which tower high above the clouds. Mt Cook is a national icon and perhaps represents the ultimate adventure in a country renowned for its high adrenalin exploits. Awarded 'World Heritage' status in recognition of its qualities and rare beauty, the Mount Cook National Park covers an area of nearly 7,000 hectares of majestic alpine scenery with more than one third being in permanent snow and glacial ice.

A special feature of this area is the mountain buttercup or Mount Cook Lily with its multitude of white blossoms that grace the land through spring and summer. The Park is also home to the mountain parrot, the kea, and also the yellow-breasted tomtit, tiny rifleman and the native pigeon. Mount Cook township provides a quiet base for this recreational extravaganza. Dwarfed by a 'front garden' of high mountains and glaciers, the tiny village clusters at the end of the road around the Hermitage Hotel.

Key Attractions

Lake Tekapo
Near Mount Cook and in the heart of the McKenzie Country, you'll find Lake Tekapo. This lake has an astounding turquoise blue hue reflecting the surrounding mountains, the beautiful blue/green colour of the lake is caused by 'rock flour' which is finely ground particles of rock held in suspension in the melted water from the glaciers that run into the lake.

Church of Good shepherd
Overlooking the lake is the Church of the Good Shepherd which was built with locally gathered stone. From the altar window there is a beautiful view over the lake to the magnificent center of Aoraki/Mount Cook.

Mount Cook Ski Planes
Mount Cook Ski Planes - New ZealandMount Cook Ski Planes offer a number of scenic flights that include the chance to experience the special thrill of landing on a glacier. The absolute peace and tranquility of being on a glacier high in the Southern Alps is an unforgettable experience. Here you feel close enough to touch the mountains as you absorb the silence of this pristine alpine environment.

Other highlights include the smaller Hooker Glacier, Murchison Glacier Mount Tasman and Mount Dampier. Outdoor activities include helicopter rides, alpine flights, horse trekking, hunting and fishing, mountain biking and hiking through the mountains. The park is also home to around 750 different species of flowering plants, including the Mount Cook Lily and the world's largest buttercup, as well as hundreds of different species of insects, moths, butterflies and birds, such as the Kea, the only mountain parrot in the world.

Mount Cook provides a wonderland for walkers, skiers and mountaineers. A popular way to experience the grandeur of this mountain area is with a helicopter or a fixed wing lightseeing trip.Be aware that weather conditions change quickly in the Mount Cook National park, so planes are often grounded.


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