Aoraki Mt Cook Video, New Zealand

Aoraki Mt Cook

Aoraki Mt Cook Video, New Zealand

Video from a day trip to Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand in October 2021. We could not have asked for a more perfect day to view the mountain.

Personally, I had never been to the national park but had driven past the turnoff many times but as the day was a perfect bluebird day we took the opportunity to drive and visit it.

Aoraki/Mt Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Its height, as of 2014, is listed as 3,724 metres (12,218 feet). Located in the Southern Alps, the mountain range runs the length of the South Island.

Aoraki is the name of a person in the traditions of the Ngāi Tahu iwi; an early name for the South Island is Te Waka o Aoraki (Aoraki’s Canoe). In the past, many believed it meant “Cloud Piercer”

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The turn-off to Mt Cook National Park is on State Highway 1 just before Lake Pukaki on the way from Queenstown to Christchurch. It takes about an hour to arrive in the national park.

When you first arrive at the national park you cannot see the mountain you need to walk along the lower Hooker track for about an hour to see the Aoraki itself.


  • Mt Cook is New Zealand’s highest Mountain
  • It’s height is 3,724 meters (12,218 feet)
  • Located in the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana, west-central South Island, New Zealand
  • A landslide in 1991 decreased the height of the peak by some 30 feet (10 metres)
  • The mountain was sighted in 1642 by the Dutch navigator Abel Tasman
  • Mt Cook is known as Aoraki (also spelled Aorangi; from the Māori for “cloud piercer”)
  • The mountain is flanked by Hooker Glacier to the west and Tasman Glacier to the east
  • It was first climbed in 1894
  • Visit the national park website