Mount Cook is we believe, is the most photographed icon in New Zealand. This phenomena when most of the time the mountain is shrouded in mist, cloud or rain. Mount Cook is an ‘I can’t help it’ photographers magnet; equally with professional and amateur, local and tourist. You just can’t help it………the next shot beckons……the mountain is displaying itself better now than a moment ago. This reaction when just looking at it.
The high alpine region in New Zealand is literally indescribable. The high country is both spectacular in its dimensions, but the colour, the valleys, peaks and scale is fantastic.
Anything, be it a bus a person a helicopter to a building disappear as a molecule into landscape. So vast, so huge and so humbling.
When visiting Mount Cook clear weather is an absolute pre-requisite. If the weather is not good reschedule the visit. When visiting Mount Cook allow a minimum of two days. When visitors leave the Mount Cook valley without exception the desire to return never leaves. Mount Cook is one of New Zealand’s greatest iconic attractions.
When visiting a number of walks are a must. The Hooker and Tasman Glacier are two musts. If the wallet allows an overnight at the Hermitage is a deserved indulgence.
Presuming the weather is right, the drive in and the drive out will lodge as one of the most pleasant excursions one will experience.
Not surprisingly Mount Cook is also a favourite challenge for mountain climbers. Aoraki/Mt Cook consists of three summits lying slightly south and east of the main divide, the Low Peak, Middle Peak and High Peak, with the Tasman Glacier to the east and the Hooker Glacier to the west. The number of names on the Memorial at Hooker Track bears testimony to the dark side of the mountain.
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 himself did not sight the mountain during his exploration.
This small sampling of photographs from the alpine region to whet the appetite. one day BE THERE ???