Aoraki [Mount Cook]
Mount Cook, 3755m, is the highest peak in Australasia. It is surrounded by
other mountains over 3000m high, but it is the dominant peak. These
mountains are in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park which has been included
with Fiordland, Aspiring and Westland National Parks in the World Heritage
Mt Cook - Viewed across Lake Pukaki - Credit- Peter Hunt
Road distances to Mount Cook are usually measured to the Hermitage, the
luxury hotel in the settlement. It is 333km from Christchurch to Mt Cook
and it is a pleasant journey through well developed farmland to Geraldine
and then Fairlie, and from there on the trip through the dry sheep country
of the Mackenzie Country is in marked contrast.
As you approach Lake Tekapo and along the route to Mt Cook lupins line the
road and add colour to the scenery when in flower. Tekapo is the first
village after Fairlie, and many people stay there or at Twizel further
along the main road, and go to Mount Cook for a day trip. Most
accommodation in Tekapo is quite highly priced, but at Mount Cook Village
almost everything is very expensive.
On the road from Tekapo to Lake Pukaki you get a first glimpse of Mount
Cook. At Lake Pukaki, the turn off to Mount Cook, the mountain can be
photographed mirrored in the lake, and the views from the village are
impressive - if the weather is clear, but of course as in all mountain
areas some visitors leave the area disappointed.
From the village there are a number of undemanding walks for day visitors ,
but if you consider cllimbing on any of the mountains in the Park you
should go to the DOC Aoraki/Mount Cook visitors centre for information and
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