New Zealand’s Mount Cook is a mountain climber’s dream come true with so many paths to explore. Are you adventurous? Do you like to climb mountains? Then you should go to Mount Cook National Park, also known as Aoraki National Park. Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand standing 3,724 meters tall.
Mount Cook is a popular tourist spot for mountain climbers. This mountain has three peaks: the lower peak, the highest peak and the central peak. Mountain climbers consider this place to have the best climbing in Australasia. The park has several glaciers. Two popular ones are Tasman Glacier and Hooker Glacier. Tasman Glacier is the longest glacier in New Zealand with a length of 27 km, a thickness of 600 meters and a width of 4 km. The glacier is on Mount Cook’s southern slope. And Hooker glacier is one of the glaciers which located in the slope of Mount Cook.
Mount Cook is a habitat for 400 species of plants, 40 species of birds, 200 species of moths, 7 types of butterflies and some other animals. There many activities to enjoy at Mount Cook, such as:
Walking one of the 10 short tracks. Some of them are:
- Red Trans track: this track follows a downward path from the village area, crosses a bridge, then up a sharp incline.
- Kea Point: this track starts in the village, then crosses Hooker Valley and passes the subalpine meadow.
- Hooker Valley Track is the most popular track. It begins by passing through Hooker Valley, then crossing Hooker River, and across a swing bridge that has a lot of wild flowers.
Skiing: There are many good ski tracks, including some that can only be reached by helicopter.
Mountain Climbing, you can do this activity anytime. But if you’re doing it in the winter, you must take extra precautions as the path is more dangerous because of snow avalanches. Mount Cook has a variety of hotels, from expensive to inexpensive. There is a domestic airport. Mount Cook also has guides who can take you around Mount Cook.
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