Mount Cook National Park

Mount Cook National Park

Mount Cook National Park is located deep in the heart of the Southern Alps in the central part of the South Island, New Zealand. Mount Cook village lies within the park.

Mount Cook National Park is New Zealand's great alpine park. It has the highest mountains and the largest glaciers. Although it includes 23 peaks over 3000 metres high, this park is very easy to get to.

Some mountaineers regard the area to be the best climbing region in Australasia. Other will find plenty of satisfaction with the mountain walks that lead to alpine tarns, herb fields and spectacular glacier views. You may even encounter a cheeky kea (mountain parrots).

The Tasman Glacier is 27 kilometres in length and is a powerful piece of landscaping equipment. While it gradually carves the valley sides, it supplies a landing place for small ski planes and helicopters. Fantastic lakes are also a feature of the park - suspended, glacier-ground rock sediment makes the water opaque.

Mount Cook National Park History

Mount Cook National Park was formally established in 1953 from reserves that were established as early as 1887 to protect the area's significant vegetation and landscape. According to Ngai Tahu legend, Aoraki and his three brothers were the sons of Rakinui, the Sky Father. While on a sea voyage, their canoe overturned on a reef. When the brothers climbed on top of their canoe, the freezing south wind turned them to stone. The canoe became the South Island and Aoraki and his brothers became the peaks of the Southern Alps.

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