Nothing can compare to the sight of a glorious mountain standing tall amidst cotton clouds passing through and golden honey rays shining across the skyline. Mother nature's natural wonder, mountains, carry immaculate beauty, grace and power that will surely mesmerise. If you are one of those who can never get enough of exploring majestic peaks, New Zealand is your heaven on earth.
There are numerous ways to enjoy viewing the country’s mountains, such as hiking or walking up the trails, booking a scenic flight, hopping on a boat tour, or simply driving by.
Here are a few tracks in New Zealand to cover and view the majestic peaks up close:
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock - walking one of the tracks is the best way to experience this ancient landscape. The Hooker Valley Track is one of the most popular walks in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. The track goes along the Hooker River, ending at glacier lake, with amazing views of Aoraki/Mount Cook on a clear day. Along the way, you will cross three swing bridges and encounter picturesque icebergs, glaciers and majestic mountains that will have you reaching for your camera at every turn.
Round The Mountain Track
Walk around a volcanic mountain and immerse yourself for days in the strong, silent beauty of this World Heritage area. Round the Mountain track leads right around Mount Ruapehu, one of three towering volcanic cones within the Tongariro National Park. The cultural significance of this area to MÄÂÂÂÂori people has earned the park World Heritage status. Follow the track as is, and it leads through tussock and shrubland to the Wairere Stream. Pass through tranquil mountain beech forest to the base of the Taranaki falls. From here, wind your way upwards to the Tama Saddle before descending to Waihohonu Hut for the night.
Kaitiaki Adventures - Mt Tarawera Guided Walk
Experience the unique landscape and history of Mt Tarawera in Rotorua. Infamous for its eruption on June 10th, 1886, Mt Tarawera created the world's youngest geothermal valley of Waimangu while destroying the legendary Pink and White Terraces. This fully guided walking experience encompasses the unique landscape and history of the area. With unmatched scenic vistas and 360 panoramic views, this experience is ideal for all ages and includes an optional run into the heart of the volcanic crater.
Alpine Lakes Heli Hike
If tracks aren't your thing, you can also take a helicopter flight up to 3 pristine Alpine Lakes at 1400m, high in the spectacular World Heritage Conservation area bordering Mt Aspiring National Park. The alpine lakes sparkle against the stunning backdrop of Mt Aspiring (3033m) and its surrounding glaciers. Experience the majesty and solitude of this alpine environment with a 2-hour scenic hike with your guide through alpine tussock herb fields, past emerald clear lakes, and along spectacular ridgelines. At the end of the hike, your helicopter returns and whisks you off to a high-secret mountain location for a brief photo stop, a perfect finale to this stunning trip.
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