Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie is the highest mountain in New Zealand, standing 3,724 metres (12.218 fts.) It used to be the world’s 37th most prominent mountain standing. It lies in the Southern Alps, the mountain range that runs the length of the South Island. A popular tourist destination. This area is prominent for its incredibly clear starry nights, brilliant sunny days, remarkable turquoise blue lakes, valleys of emerald green, snow-capped mountains and favourite place for mountain climbers.