Aoraki Mount Cook

For a true alpine experience, discover New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.

Road to Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand

Quick Facts/Highlights

  • Aoraki Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain peak at 3,754m (12,316ft) above the sea level.
  • It consists of three summits, each as challenging to climb as each other
  • Tom Fyfe, Jack Clarke, and George Graham were the first mountaineers to reach the summit on Christmas Day, 1894.
  • Aoraki Mount Cook is surrounded by 22 peaks that each exceed elevations of 10,000 feet (3,000 meters).
  • The mountain is permanently covered by snow.
  • A landslide in 1991 decreased the height of the peak by some 10m (30ft).

Mount Cook is known equally throughout the world for its alpine beauty and harsh remoteness. At the foot of the mountain sits the village of Mount Cook National Park – an unforgettable haven in one of the most unforgiving parts of New Zealand. On every side, the Southern Alps scrape the sky. And even in summer, weather can change in the blink of an eye.

The Mountain is full of adventure, nature and mind-blowing beauty. Even if you visit this place once, the beauty of this place remain with you; calling you back again and again.

In 1949 New Zealand’s most famous mountaineer, Sir Edmund Hillary, along with Harry Ayres, made the first ascent up the challenging south ridge on the south peak. They also completed the grand traverse. On May 29, 2003, a bronze statue of Sir Edmund Hillary was unveiled outside The Hermitage, Mt Cook, looking out to the mountains he used to climb.

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