[above – Mount Cook as seen from Lake Pukaka] to With turquoise waters from the glacial flour Pukaka has a unique view of Mount Cook on the Western side of the island. You can’t see it from the Fox and Franz Josef Glacier areas without using a helicopter . At 3,724 m Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand, however for some comparison:

  • Mount Everest      8,848 m highest on Earth
  • Mont Blanc           4,810 m highest in Europe
  • Ben Nevis             1,344 m highest in UK
  • Mount Kosciuszko 2,228 m highest in Australia (the Kiwis will be pleased about that)
  • Aconcagua            6,961 m highest in the Southern Hemisphere