The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, home to the highest mountains and longest glaciers, is also specifically Mt Cook's home. With about 3,724 meters (12,218 feet), this mountain which lies in the Southern Alps has over the years become a favourite challenge for mountain climbers. Consisting of three summits, Mount Cook, which has a legend behind it, provides its surroundings with interesting activities such as; mountain walks, mountaineering, glacier viewing, skiing, and the likes.
An island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand, which consists of two main landmasses, has more than 700 smaller islands. The country is naturally endowed by its varied topography, owing much to tectonic uplift and volcanic eruptions. Seven of these mountains, which are stunning, is what you're about to find in this article. Read on.
1. Aoraki / Mount Cook, , New Zealand -
2. Mount Taranaki, , New Zealand -
New Zealand's most perfectly formed volcano, Mount Taranaki, which is around 120,000 years old, last erupted in 1775. Located at Egmont National Park, which offers lush waterfalls, rainforests, and mossy swamps, botany lovers will surely love it here because of the plant life present around the mountain. At the Mount's lower altitudes, you'll walk through tall rimu and kamahi trees, while higher up the volcano, sub-alpine shrubs and herb fields are found above the snow line. Sacred to Māori and often described as New Zealand's most climbed mountain, Mt Taranaki is based on an interesting legend.
3. Tititea / Mount Aspiring, , New Zealand -
Set within Mount Aspiring National Park, a wonderful mixture of remote wilderness, high mountains, and beautiful river valleys, Tititea is one the highest in the country, with a height of 3,033 meters (9,951 ft). Named by Māori, its name translates to 'Glistening Peak.' The spectacular mountain lies at the junction of three major glacial systems.
4. Roys Peak, Wanaka, New Zealand -
Standing between Wanaka and Glendhu Bay, The Roys Peak track is among the most popular hikes in all of New Zealand. Offering a full day's walk with views across Lake Wanaka, up to the peak of Mount Aspiring / Tititea, and continuing with the track that zigzags steeply up its side through thick grass until the ridge to the summit, the surroundings of Roys Peak, is truly stunning.
5. Mount Ngauruhoe, , New Zealand -
An active stratovolcano, Mount Ngauruhoe is the youngest vent in the Tongariro volcanic complex on the Central Plateau of the North Island. Often regarded as a separate mountain, geologically, it is a secondary cone of Mount Tongariro. Being active for at least 2,500 years, it has produced more than 70 eruptive episodes since 1839.
6. Mount Ruapehu, , New Zealand -
Another active stratovolcano at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, Mount Ruapehu, has The North Island's major ski resorts, and only glaciers are on its slopes. Towering above the desert, the breathtaking active Mountain with unobstructed, amazing views reaching the coast is enjoyed year-round by hikers, skiers, snowboarders, botanists, geologists, and nature lovers alike.
7. The Remarkables, Devils Staircase, New Zealand -
The Remarkables is a mountain range and ski field in Otago on the South Island, located on the southeastern shore of Lake Wakatipu. The range, which lives up to its name by rising sharply to create a remarkable backdrop for the waters, is visible from the nearby scenic Queenstown. Here, it's all fun and freedom for families and individuals, with the available facilities such as; cafes, restaurants, and bars.