Mt Cook area, New Zealand - By katclay
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Mt Cook and Mackenzie Country is the high inland basin beneath the Southern Alps and Aoraki Mt Cook, southwest of Christchurch. Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, towers above the splendid cast of massive snow-clad peaks of the Mt Cook National Park. Nudging its side is Tasman Glacier, a 30km giant. Mackenzie Country is graced with turquoise glacial lakes, vast open spaces and golden, tussock-covered hills rolling towards the towering Southern Alps.