The Mount Cook area is one of the bastions of the Southern Alps, the Middle Earth Cloudy Mountains.
We just had to run away from little Nelson to the fantastic Abel Tasman National Park. I will dedicate a complete and updated article to this wonder of nature where you can go trekking and kayaking to discover an area of almost virgin jungle and coast.
The National Park of Abel Tasman. At your entrance you will find the Chetwood Forest.
Chestwood Forest was filmed in Takaka hill. From Motueka you will go to Kaiteriteri - entrance to Abel Tasman - but instead of entering the Park you climb the hill of Takaka that is right there.
The Cloudy Mountains
These imposing mountains could have no other replica on Earth today than the magnificent Southern Alps. I was lucky enough to travel this mountain range in both winter and summer. Although the views - with its snowy peaks - is great in Winter, I recommend visiting them in Summer, when you can do many more excursions.
Another part of the Cloudy Mountains closest to Queenstown.