Aoraki: The Cloud Piercer February 5th 2010 Aoraki is the Maori name for Mt. Cook. Mt. Cook is the tallest mountain in New Zealand, at 12,316 feet, and one of the places where Sir Edmund Hillary (then just "Ed") began his illustrious mountaineering career. Mt. Cook is snow-capped year round and is flanked by two large glaciers (named Tasman and Hooker).
Mt. Cook is part of the Southern Alps, a long mountain range on the South Island th ... read more
Oceania » New Zealand » National Parks » Mt Cook National Park The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year... ... read more
We've decided to take off six months to see Asia and Australia and revisit New Zealand before we turn 40. Angelique's been to Asia once (Bhutan, a few days in Malaysia, only one in Singapore) and this will be Adrian's first time on the continent. Neither one of us has been to Australia but we did spend 3 weeks in New Zealand in 2007 and can't wait to return. If all goes well, our plan to is to spend a week in Japan, six weeks in southeast Asia, 2-3 in Australia and then 3 months in New Zealand, returning home to San Francisco in late March, 2010. Enjoy the blog!... full info