The First Flight over Mount Cook

RISING 3724 METRES (12,218 feet) in the Southern Alps, Aoraki/Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Known to centuries of Māoridom, the mountain received its European name in 1851 when a Royal Navy hydrographer, Captain John Lort Stokes, named it after the legendary navigator Captain James Cook who surveyed the New Zealand coast in 1769 – 1770.

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