Aoraki Drift

Andy  Christopherson

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Aoraki / Mt Cook and the Southern Alps behind the blue waters of Lake Pukaki. South Island, New Zealand.

At 3754 metres, New Zealand’s tallest peak is known as Aoraki by Māori. According to legend, Aoraki was a young boy in the canoe Te Waka a Aoraki, which was stranded on a reef and tilted to one side. Aoraki and his brothers climbed to the high side and sat on the wreckage. The south wind froze them and turned them into stone, creating the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana.

In 1851 Captain J. L. Stokes, sailing down New Zealand’s West Coast, gave the mountain its European name, Mt Cook, in honour of the English navigator Captain James Cook.

Part of the Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Taken on a Nikon D50, during a beautiful October day, 2008.

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