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Being the highest mountain in New Zealand, Mount Cook has mystical vibe surrounding it. The national park of the same name is renowned for its intense conservation efforts and for being the learning grounds of Sir Edmund Hillary before conquering the Everest.

High peaks always have a legend behind it, according to the 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. The unspoiled beauty of the region allows skies so clear for stargazing; there you can find New Zealand's only International Dark Sky Reserve.

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park has 23 peaks of over 3000 meters high which makes it the most important climbing region in the Australasia area. It’s rather easy access attract less bold adventurers to its many hiking scenic paths of a beauty that will leave absolutely breathless. You might want to make your way up to the Tasman Glacier, an impressive 27-kilometer long block of solid ice.

There are several short walks that start near the village, yet the most popular are The Red Tarns Tracks, Kea Point, and the Hooker Valley Track, all of them are usually a two-hour excursion that will allow you to walk around lush green woods. If you look for a something more intense, three mountain pass routes will allow you to do some high mountain hiking at the Mueller, Copland, and Ball passes.

Considering the famous anecdote from Sir Edmund Hillary, the area has a strong mountaineering tradition. Conquering the many peaks the National Park has is still an impressive challenge to achieve. Experimented climbers try to conquer the Tasman, the Malte Brun, the Elie de Beaumont, the Sefton or La Perouse, all local favorites.

Of all the many activities the park has to offer, helicopter scenic flights and heli-skiing are by far the most interesting you can do in Mount Cook. The Tasman Glacier is an excellent choice for intermediate skiers, while the Murchison, Darwin and Bonney glaciers promise excitement for advanced skiers. Landing among spectacular ice formations and caverns is the start of an unforgettable experience.

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                    Being the highest mountain in New Zealand, Mount Cook has mystical vibe surrounding it. The national park of the same name is renowned for its intense conservation efforts and for being the learning grounds of Sir Edmund Hillary before conquering the Everest.

                    High peaks always have a legend behind it, according to the 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. The unspoiled beauty of the region allows skies so clear for stargazing; there you can find New Zealand's only International Dark Sky Reserve.

                    Aoraki Mount Cook National Park has 23 peaks of over 3000 meters high which makes it the most important climbing region in the Australasia area. It’s rather easy access attract less bold adventurers to its many hiking scenic paths of a beauty that will leave absolutely breathless. You might want to make your way up to the Tasman Glacier, an impressive 27-kilometer long block of solid ice.

                    There are several short walks that start near the village, yet the most popular are The Red Tarns Tracks, Kea Point, and the Hooker Valley Track, all of them are usually a two-hour excursion that will allow you to walk around lush green woods. If you look for a something more intense, three mountain pass routes will allow you to do some high mountain hiking at the Mueller, Copland, and Ball passes.

                    Considering the famous anecdote from Sir Edmund Hillary, the area has a strong mountaineering tradition. Conquering the many peaks the National Park has is still an impressive challenge to achieve. Experimented climbers try to conquer the Tasman, the Malte Brun, the Elie de Beaumont, the Sefton or La Perouse, all local favorites.

                    Of all the many activities the park has to offer, helicopter scenic flights and heli-skiing are by far the most interesting you can do in Mount Cook. The Tasman Glacier is an excellent choice for intermediate skiers, while the Murchison, Darwin and Bonney glaciers promise excitement for advanced skiers. Landing among spectacular ice formations and caverns is the start of an unforgettable experience.

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