Mount Cook

Mount Cook is known all over the world for its incredible alpine beauty and remoteness. It is the highest mountain peak in the New Zealand with a height of 3,754 meters above sea level. It remains permanently snow covered. It is also known as Aoraki Mount Cook.

It forms part of the Southern Alps mountain range spanning the entire length of the South Island. The mountain has three summits which are Low Peak, Middle Peak and High Peak. Members of the Abel Tasman’s crew were the first European to see this mountain.


Quick Facts: –

  • This mountain was originally known as Aoraki but in 1851, it was renamed as Mount Cook after Captain James Cook.
  • It is surrounded by total 22 different peaks that have elevations exceeding 10,000 feet.
  • Mount Cook Village is the base camp of the mountain. It also serves as a popular destination for tourists.
  • The first ever ascent was made by Tom Fyfe, Jack Clarke and George Graham on December 25, 1894.
  • They made their ascent via Hooker Valley and the north ridge.
  • Emmeline Freda Du Faur became the first woman to climb Mount Cook on December 3, 1910.
  • Her attempt was also the fastest ascent.
  • Sir Edmund Hillary and Harry Ayers made the first ascent up the challenging south ridge on the south peak in 1949.
  • Mount Cook has the Hooker Glacier to the west and Tasman Glacier to the east.
  • Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers.