New Zealand’s Everest – Mount Cook

With its 12,218ft, Mount Cook is not only the highest mountain in New Zealand, but also one of its most striking assets, which attracts climbers, mountaineers and tourists alike.

Because of its off-the-beaten-track location, approximately 4 hours from Christchurch and 3.5 hours from Queenstown, Mount Cook maintains an element of serenity and peacefulness.

Part of the village’s quaint charm is the fact that there is no supermarket or post office. There are accommodation facilities including camping as well as food options for those staying in the village.

Apart from the mountain itself, the stunning scenery is the main reason to visit this area. There are a number of activities you can take part in around Mount Cook.

1) Take in incredible views on a boat trip out on to the Tasman glacier lake.
2) Book a helicopter flight over the mountain.
3) There’s also the option to go on a helihike, where you can hike across the glacier once a helicopter has taken you up.
4) Explore the brilliant night sky on a trip to an outdoor stargazing site.
5) Take a 4WD tour through Mount Cook’s amazing alpine scenery.
6) Ride through the area’s spectacular scenery on a guided horse trek tour.
7) Go skiing, snowboarding or ice climbing.

Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to summit Mount Everest, is one of the most famous men to have ascended Mount Cook. To read more about him click here.

Article Source: Huffington Post, Nicola Barnard, April 15, 2016

Image Source: Wikipedia

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The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

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