New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mount Cook (Aoraki in Māori) towers 3,724 metres into the sky, providing a stunning backdrop to the beautiful Mount Cook National Park in the centre of the South Island. Declared a World Heritage park in 1986, it boasts over thirty peaks 3,000 metres or higher. It also has five of New Zealand’s largest glaciers, including the Tasman Glacier at 21km in length. Scenic flights over the park provide unparalleled views of the Southern Alps. Inside the National Park is Mt Cook Alpine Village, home to the Hermitage Hotel which offers a luxurious space to relax and soak up the view. The region is also renowned for its clear, starry nights and was designated a Dark Sky Reserve in 2012 – the first in the southern hemisphere and the world’s largest, encompassing a 4300 km2 area.