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41).  Mt. Cook and Lake Pukaki    Mt. Cook National Park, New Zealand (January 2002)

One of the most spectacular sights in New Zealand is 12,316-foot Mount Cook on South Island.  It was named after Captain James Cook who, in the 1760s, became the first European to explore New Zealand.  I camped at the base of Mt. Cook one night and the next morning I hiked for a few hours towards the peak.  After a soggy first month in New Zealand, the weather was finally starting to improve.