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Highest peaks of the Southern Alps

Highest peaks of the Southern Alps

This view, looking south-west from the summit of Elie de Beaumont, shows some of the major peaks that cluster around Aoraki/Mt Cook in the central Southern Alps. With the single exception of Mt Aspiring (140 kilometres south of Aoraki/Mt Cook) all of New Zealand’s 24 named peaks above 3,000 metres are close to a 40-kilometre section of the main divide (the boundary between the Aoraki/Mount Cook and Westland national parks). The 24 highest mountains are (in metres):

Aoraki/Mt Cook 3,724
Mt Tasman 3,497
Mt Dampier 3,440
Mt Vancouver 3,309
Silberhorn 3,300
Malte Brun 3,199
Mt Hicks 3,198
Lendenfeld Peak 3,194
Mt Graham 3,184
Torres Peak 3,160
Mt Sefton 3,151
Mt Teichelmann 3,144
Mt Haast 3,114
Mt Elie de Beaumont 3,109
La Perouse 3,078
Douglas Peak 3,077
Mt Haidinger 3,070
Magellan 3,049
Malaspina 3,042
Minarets 3,040
Mt Aspiring/Tititea 3,033
Mt Hamilton 3,025
Mt Dixon 3,004
Glacier Peak 3,002

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Andy Dennis, 'Mountains - South Island mountains', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14299/highest-peaks-of-the-southern-alps (accessed 1 December 2021)

Story by Andy Dennis, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Feb 2017