New Zealand facts & history in brief
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is in the Mount Cook National
Park, at 3753 metres is New Zealand's
In 1991 10.5 metres fell off the
top because the failure of the underlying
bedrock, causing an avalanche of
rock, snow and ice.
The Hooker Glacier runs on the west
side and the Tasman Glacier on the
east side of the ridge.
Mount Cook was first conquered on
Christmas Day, 1894, by George Graham,
Thomas Fyfe and Jack Clarke, from
the Hooker Glacier.
There are a number of climbing routes
but the most popular is up the north-east
face, a route from the south gives
climbers a chance to traverse the
It was named after James Cook, by
Captain J.L. Stokes, of the survey
The Maori name is Aorangi or Aoraki,
which used now days.
The 69 958 ha Mount Cook National
Park, established in 1953, has 19
peaks higher than 3000 metres and
five major glaciers Tasman (The
largest glaciers in the world outside
the polar regions, 29 kilometres
long and up to nine kilometres wide.
The Mount Cook lily, grows in abundance
in the park with the snow gentian
and the flowering mountain ribbonwood.
The world famous Mount Cook Hotel
is 747 metres up on the slopes of
the Hooker Valley.
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