The Bird & the Behemoth; Flying Alongside Aoraki/Mt. Cook

The Bird & the Behemoth; Flying Alongside Aoraki/Mt. Cook

Probably the best way to #explore the wonders of #MtCook in #NewZealand is to book a #scenicflight over the region. 20 minutes in the air and we found ourselves marveling upon a different kind of winter wonderland; frozen lakes, #glaciers and #Aoraki's twin peaks.


Mt. Cook, New Zealand

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.”

Aoraki is the Maori name for the mountain, meaning “Cloud Piercer”
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. 

Aoraki/Mt. Cook and its twin peaks are pretty damn impressive

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!

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Scenic Flights in Mount Cook

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 Aoraki, Mount Cook National Park, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Glacier near 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!

It is truly stunning to fly alongside these behemoths, and it really makes you appreciate their scale
Icy textures at Aoraki/Mt Cook
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Glacial ice at the base of Aoraki/Mt Cook
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