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The '''Southern Alps''' are a range of mountains that run the length of the [[South Island]] of [[New Zealand]].  The mountain range have been likened to the [[Alps]] of [[Europe]].  The highest peak is Aoraki Mount Cook at 12,349 (approx.) ft
 
The '''Southern Alps''' are a range of mountains that run the length of the [[South Island]] of [[New Zealand]].  The mountain range have been likened to the [[Alps]] of [[Europe]].  The highest peak is Aoraki Mount Cook at 12,349 (approx.) ft
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==Regions==
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==Cities==
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==Other destinations==
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===National parks===
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* [[Abel Tasman National Park]]
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* [[Nelson Lakes National Park]]
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* [[Arthurs Pass National Park]]
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* [[Aoraki Mount Cook National Park]]
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* [[Westland National Park]]
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* [[Mount Aspiring National Park]]
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* [[Fiordland National Park]]
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===Passes===
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* Lewis Pass
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* Arthurs Pass
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* Haast Pass
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===Tunnels===
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* Otira Tunnel (railway)
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* Homer Tunnel (road)
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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The Southern Alps play a significant part in determining New Zealand's weather. The high mountain ranges act like a dam to the wind, forcing weather systems to flow over or around the mountain ranges.  The prevailing westerly winds mean the '''West Coast''' and mountains have a high rainfall, while the '''East Coast''' is baked by a hot dry '''Nor'wester'''.  When the wind blows from the south, the East Coast receives rain, and snow in winter, while the West Coast will have sunny skys.  
 
The Southern Alps play a significant part in determining New Zealand's weather. The high mountain ranges act like a dam to the wind, forcing weather systems to flow over or around the mountain ranges.  The prevailing westerly winds mean the '''West Coast''' and mountains have a high rainfall, while the '''East Coast''' is baked by a hot dry '''Nor'wester'''.  When the wind blows from the south, the East Coast receives rain, and snow in winter, while the West Coast will have sunny skys.  
  
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The Southern Alps also play a significant part in sizing the geography of New Zealand. What would be considered '''mountains''' in other parts of the world are considered mere '''hills''' in New Zealand, once compared to the Southern Alps.
 
The Southern Alps also play a significant part in sizing the geography of New Zealand. What would be considered '''mountains''' in other parts of the world are considered mere '''hills''' in New Zealand, once compared to the Southern Alps.
  
==Destinations==
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==Talk==
  
===National parks===
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==Get in==
*[[Abel Tasman National Park|Abel Tasman]]
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*[[Nelson Lakes National Park|Nelson Lakes]]
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*[[Arthurs Pass National Park|Arthurs Pass]]
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*[[Aoraki Mount Cook National Park|Aoraki Mount Cook]]
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*[[Westland National Park|Westland]]
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*[[Mount Aspiring National Park|Mount Aspiring]]
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*[[Fiordland National Park|Fiordland]]
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===Passes===
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==Get around==
*Lewis Pass
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*Arthurs Pass
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*Haast Pass
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===Tunnels===
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*Otira Tunnel (railway)
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*Homer Tunnel (road)
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==See==
 
==See==
*Native Rain Forests
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*Fjords
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* Native Rain Forests
*Glaciers
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* Fjords
*Lakes - Some with mirrorlike reflections.
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* Glaciers
*Mountains
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* Lakes - some with mirror-like reflections
*Rain
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* Mountains
*Waterfalls
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* Rain
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* Waterfalls
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===Itineraries===
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
*Flightseeing
 
*Mountain climbing
 
*Skiing
 
*[[Tramping in New Zealand|Tramping (hiking)]]
 
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* Flightseeing
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* Mountain climbing
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* Skiing
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* [[Tramping in New Zealand|Tramping (hiking)]]
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==Eat==
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==Drink==
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==Stay safe==
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==Get out==
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Revision as of 10:09, 4 April 2007

The Southern Alps are a range of mountains that run the length of the South Island of New Zealand. The mountain range have been likened to the Alps of Europe. The highest peak is Aoraki Mount Cook at 12,349 (approx.) ft

Contents

Regions

Cities

Other destinations

National parks

Passes

  • Lewis Pass
  • Arthurs Pass
  • Haast Pass

Tunnels

  • Otira Tunnel (railway)
  • Homer Tunnel (road)

Understand

The Southern Alps play a significant part in determining New Zealand's weather. The high mountain ranges act like a dam to the wind, forcing weather systems to flow over or around the mountain ranges. The prevailing westerly winds mean the West Coast and mountains have a high rainfall, while the East Coast is baked by a hot dry Nor'wester. When the wind blows from the south, the East Coast receives rain, and snow in winter, while the West Coast will have sunny skys.

Southwesterly storms become particularly hard to forecast as a few degrees difference in the storm path is all it takes to have a Nor'wester or Southerly storm. This leads to weather that can change rapidly and forecasts that may evolve during the day. While New Zealand weather forecasts are reasonably reliable they do change over the day. There are special mountain forecasts that should be monitored when travelling in the mountains. Travellers in New Zealand generally, but in the Southern Alps in particular, should be prepared for any type of weather as it is possible to experience four seasons in one day.

The Southern Alps also play a significant part in sizing the geography of New Zealand. What would be considered mountains in other parts of the world are considered mere hills in New Zealand, once compared to the Southern Alps.

Talk

Get in

Get around

See

  • Native Rain Forests
  • Fjords
  • Glaciers
  • Lakes - some with mirror-like reflections
  • Mountains
  • Rain
  • Waterfalls

Itineraries

Do

Eat

Drink

Stay safe

Get out


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