The impressive Southern Alps are the largest mountain range in New Zealand, and run the length of the South Island – 500km of rugged mountains from Nelson to Milford Sound. Many of the peaks soar over 3,000 metres high, and the tallest, Aoraki Mount Cook, is an internationally famous landmark.
Aoraki-Mt Cook has strong spiritual significance to Maori. It was restored to the Ngai Tahu tribe as part of the Waitangi settlements. Ngai Tahu then gifted the mountain back to the people of New Zealand, sealing it forever as a national heritage park.
The Alps are a timeless treasure, green with native bush, alive with birdsong, washed by waterfalls and frozen in blue-white glaciers. Much of New Zealand’s clean green image is related to this range, and nature lovers, environmentalists, climbers and sportspeople alike enjoy and respect the natural wonderland that is the Southern Alps.
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