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The name of Aoraki (Mt Cook) originates from an old Maori legend about Aoraki and his three brothers, who were the suns of Rakinui (the Sky Father). According t...
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The name of Aoraki (Mt Cook) originates from an old Maori legend about Aoraki and his three brothers, who were the suns of Rakinui (the Sky Father). According to legend, the brothers were on a trip around Papatauanuku (the Earth Mother), when their canoe hit a reef, and they became stranded.

The brothers climbed on to the top of the overturned canoe, and waited for the arrival of their rescuers. Whilst they waited the freezing southerly wind turned their bodies to stone, and their hair white.

Legend states that the canoe became the South Island of New Zealand. The tallest mountain was named after the tallest brother, who was "Aoraki". The rest of the brothers and the crew of the canoe became the other mountains of the Southern Alps.

Inside Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is the village of Mount Cook. The village is dominated by majestic Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand, the highest mountain at 3754 metres. However besides Aoraki Mount Cook, there are a further 27 mountains in the park that are over 3050 metres, and hundreds of peaks that are close to this that make up the spectacular Southern Alps.

At Mount Cook village there is a range of accommodation available from camping and backpackers, to motel or hotel style. Aoraki Mount Cook National Park has numerous walking, hiking and climbing trips available. You can also go on a horse trek, scenic flight with snow landing on a glacier, fishing for trout or salmon, 4WD trip, boating or kayaking trips on the Tasman Glacier Lake. In winter there are heli-skiing trips up onto The Tasman Glacier. To gain information on the terrain, culture and history of the region, a visit to the Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre is well worth while. Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is also famous for its night sky, and on clear nights, far from city lights, you can see it as never before at the Planetarium.
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