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Climbing Aoraki/Mt Cook (2nd of 2)

Climbing Aoraki/Mt Cook

A professional mountain guide helps a client reach the top of Aoraki/Mt Cook in December 2005. Out of respect to the wishes of Ngāi Tahu, who regard the mountain as sacred, no guided party sets foot on the true summit, which is 50 metres away from this point.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'National parks - Western and central South Island parks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2021)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Aug 2015