Highest Mountain in NZ

Trip Start Aug 24, 2011
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Trip End Apr 01, 2012


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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Saturday, March 3, 2012

We drove across the island to make our way to Mount Cook which is the highest mountain in the country reaching 3,754 meters (12,316 ft). The park contains more than 140 peaks standing over 2,000 meters (6,600 ft) and 72 named glaciers, which cover 40 percent of the park's 700 square kilometers (170,000 acres). 

I have included Darcy's first walk up the mountain 46 meters (152 ft) for your viewing enjoyment. The 360 degree view was fantastic even with the clouds rolling in, which made the background of the pictures kind of gray. 

Some History:
While the mountain was known to the Māori for centuries, the first European known to see Mount Cook was Abel Tasman, on December 13, 1642 during his first Pacific voyage. The English name of Mount Cook was given to the mountain in 1851 by Captain John Lort Stokes to honour Captain James Cook who first surveyed and circumnavigated the islands of New Zealand in 1770. Captain Cook did not sight the mountain during his exploration.
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