Story: Mountaineering

Aoraki/Mt Cook, 1875

Aoraki/Mt Cook, 1875

Aoraki/Mt Cook quickly became the focus of early mountaineering in New Zealand. Not only was it the tallest peak, but its spectacular position at the head of Lake Pūkaki made it a magnet for climbers and artists alike. This lithograph is by W. M. Hodgkins, father of the artist Frances Hodgkins. He sketched it on a visit in 1875, showing Aoraki/Mt Cook with the Hooker Glacier in the foreground and the lower slopes of Mt Sefton on the left.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0016-32
Chromolithograph by William Mathew Hodgkins

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John Wilson, 'Mountaineering - Aoraki/Mt Cook', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 March 2023)

Story by John Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Feb 2017