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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park: home to our own Everest

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). 

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Aoraki Mount Cook Village

There are several fantastic walks around the village that provide views of Aoraki Mount Cook and the surrounding native alpine bush and area.

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Lake Matheson Walk

The unsurpassed views and mountain reflections from the forested shores of Lake Matheson make this easy walk one of the most popular on the West Coast.

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Tasman Valley walking tracks

The Tasman Glacier, 29km long and up to 3km wide, can be viewed from the short walks that start at the Blue Lakes Shelter.

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State Highway 6

The Wild West? Fill ’er up at Blenheim, where it says its goodbyes to State Highway 1, and hit the...

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Southern stars

As world populations continue to gather in cities, and those cities grow, the chance to gaze longingly at the stars...

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

Aoraki Mount Cook is the symbolic, iconic, singular peak that snapshots the south in no uncertain terms.

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The Hermitage

Not much has changed of the view from the Hermitage from the day it was opened in 1884.

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The Grand Traverse

While it’s always stunning to get in amongst it all, try getting above it now and again for the ultimate...

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Lake Matheson: the perfect mirror

If you find yourself on the West Coast in a reflective mood, you’ll also find you’re in good company.

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Lake Tekapo: shimmering beauty

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).

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Loved by the locals: Mackenzie

Do what the locals do in the Mackenzie District.

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Hotels

The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook

From an intrepid journey through glacial valleys to a mouth-watering culinary dining adventure, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect place to base yo...

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Activities

Air Safaris

The award-winning 'Grand Traverse' of Mount Cook and the glaciers is one of New Zealand's most spectacular alpine flights. A 50-minute experience c...

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Activities > Natural Attractions

Glacier Explorers

Let Glacier Explorers take you on an amazing encounter with New Zealand's largest glacier, the Tasman Glacier. Depart from The Hermitage and journe...

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