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|Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park|
3,754m Mount Cook (its Maori name is Aoraki) is New Zealand's highest
mountain. Nudging one side of Mt Cook is the mighty Tasman Glacier, one of
the longest outside the Himalayas.
Aoraki/Mt Cook National
Park was formally established as a national park in 1953 from reserves that
were established as early as 1887 to protect the area’s significant
vegetation and landscape.
The village serves as a tourist centre and base camp for mountaineers, and lies within the borders of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. The Hermitage, the name of which dates back to the original hotel built in 1884, is a prominent and popular location in the village, and is sometimes used as an alternative name for the settlement. The nearest town to Aoraki/Mount Cook village is Twizel being 35 kms away.
Aoraki/Mount Cook village is an easy five-hour drive from Christchurch or Queenstown. On the way you will pass Lake Tekapo on whose shores is the stone Church of the Good Shepherd which has a spectacular view of the Southern Alps framed by its altar window and Twizel.
Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and
the village is served by daily
bus, coach and scenic coach services from
Lake Tekapo and