Visit Mt Cook
New Zealand's tallest peak, Mt Cook, forms the focal point of Mount Cook National Park in the South Island's mountainous central region.
The 3,754-metre Mount Cook, or Aoraki to give it its Maori name, and the surrounding mountains in the Southern Alps were where Sir Edmund Hillary honed his skills as a mountaineer before conquering Everest in 1953.
The mountain is sacred to the Maori and much of it is permanently covered in snow and ice. Some pleasant bush walks can be done in the foothills, while tramping along well-marked trails and through glacier fields is possible at higher altitudes.
Scenic flights and heli-skiing are other popular options.
Top itineraries in Mt Cook
A tip-to-toe tour of New Zealand, taking in the best of its landscapes and culture, and calling into filming locations from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
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Beginning in Auckland in the North Island, this 14-day escorted tour from leading tour operator APT winds its way through the length and breadth of New Zealand, taking in the country's star attractions along the way.
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