mountain range on the South Island in New Zealand
|Peak||Aoraki / Mount Cook|
|Elevation||3,754 metres (12,316 ft)|
|States/Provinces||Canterbury and West Coast|
The tallest peak of the Southern Alps is Aoraki / Mount Cook which stands at 3,754 metres (12,316 ft). The mountain range was named on March 23, 1770 by Captain James Cook. He described the Southern Alps as being very high.