Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock, with 19 peaks over 3000 metres, including New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook (3754 metres).
There’s only one thing better than lounging in soft mineral water heated by thermal springs and that’s lying in soft mineral water heated by thermal springs when the ground around you is covered with snow and there’s a biting southerly blowing down from the tops.
Storyteller John McCrystal explores the great high-tussock plains beyond the first range of mountains bordering the Canterbury region that are collectively known as the Mackenzie Country or the Mackenzie Basin (named after a stockman, by the way, who drove 1000 head of sheep this way in 1855).
Alpinist and climber Paul Hersey chooses five one-day hikes to our mountain tops to celebrate International Mountain Day.
Would you believe me, writes Liz Carlson, if I told you there is a place in New Zealand where you can sleep under the stars in a glass house, swim with miniature dolphins and dine on amazing local food all in the same day? Oh, and it’s peaceful and quiet for most of the year?