The bird & the behemoth: Flying alongside Aoraki/Mt Cook

Alpine environments and mountains are some of our favourite landscapes. We can’t tear our eyes away from that cold, hard, craggy, white image. Maybe it’s because it’s such a forbidding environment, and one that we haven’t tackled outside of ski resorts. Who knows!

A few years back, we headed down to New Zealand’s South Island for a quick weekend road trip, to visit some places that Shaun hadn’t been to before. One of these places was Aoraki/Mt Cook – New Zealand’s loftiest peak. Aoraki is the Maori name for the mountain, meaning “Cloud Piercer”.

Mt Cook at sunset

Aoraki/Mt Cook at sunset

Standing at 3,754 m, Aoraki/Mt Cook and its twin peaks are pretty damn impressive. It’s a mass of a mountain. While visiting, we took the opportunity to hop on a little plane and get up close and personal with the Cloud Piercer. I think my shutter was clicking for the whole 20 minutes of the flight!

Aoraki/ Mt Cook scenic flight

Aoraki/Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier

Aoraki/ Mt Cook scenic flight

The treeline

Aoraki/ Mt Cook scenic flight

Reflection of Aoraki/Mt Cook in the Tasman Glacier terminal lake

Aoraki/ Mt Cook scenic flight

The Southern Alps north of Aoraki/Mt Cook

Aoraki/ Mt Cook scenic flight

Iceberg in Tasman Glacier terminal lake

Aoraki/ Mt Cook scenic flight

Can you spot the hut?

Aoraki/ Mt Cook scenic flight

Glacier near Aoraki/Mt Cook

Aoraki/ Mt Cook scenic flight

Southern Alps mountains near Aoraki/Mt Cook

Aoraki/ Mt Cook scenic flight

Icy textures at Aoraki/Mt Cook

Aoraki/ Mt Cook scenic flight

Tasman Glacier terminal lake

Aoraki/ Mt Cook scenic flight

Glacial ice at the base of Aoraki/Mt Cook

Aoraki/Mt Cook and the surrounding National Park, as well as the rest of the Southern Alps, are impressive parts of New Zealand. It is truly stunning to fly alongside these behemoths, and it really makes you appreciate their scale. Hopefully one day we will get to explore the mountains on foot!

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