Aoraki Mount Cook

Southern Alps
New Zealand

Aoraki Mount Cook
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Aoraki (Mount Cook) is the highest mountain in New Zealand. At a height of 3,724 meters (12,218 ft), it is a popular tourist destination and a favorite challenge for mountain climbers. It lies in the Southern Alps.

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Aoraki / Mount Cook consists of three summits lying slightly south and east of the main divide, the Low Peak, Middle Peak and High Peak, with the Tasman Glacier to the east and the Hooker Glacier to the west.

Aoraki is the name of a person in the traditions of the Ngāi Tahu iwi; an early name for the South Island is Te Waka o Aoraki (Aoraki's Canoe). Historically, the Māori name has been spelt Aorangi, using the standard Māori form.

The English name of Mount Cook was given to the mountain in 1851 by Captain John Lort Stokes to honor Captain James Cook who first surveyed and circumnavigated the islands of New Zealand in 1770. Captain Cook did not sight the mountain during his exploration.

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