Kōrero: South Canterbury places

Roadside Stories: The towering Southern Alps

As the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates collide, they push up mountains – including the Southern Alps, one of the world’s fastest-growing ranges. These dramatic South Island peaks are home to the cheeky kea parrot and native alpine flowers. They attract sightseers, skiers and climbers – including Everest conqueror Edmund Hillary, who learnt his mountaineering skills on their slopes.

Listen to a Roadside Story about the Southern Alps. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury places - Aoraki/Mt Cook', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/interactive/35342/roadside-stories-the-towering-southern-alps (accessed 13 April 2024)

He kōrero nā John Wilson, updated 17 Aug 2015