Mt Tasman - Mt Aoraki National Park
Collection of old 1950s and later photos of Mt Tasman. Photos contributed by Jack Stewart
Aoraki, Mt Cook a 70,696 hectare park is located in the central part of the South Island, deep in the heart of the Southern Alps. Aoraki Mount Cook village lies within the park with Twizel the nearest town outside
Ball Pass Crossing is a demanding two to three-day alpine route, crossing the Mount Cook Range between the Hooker and Tasman Valleys. The route provides spectacular views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, Mt Sefton, the Copland Pass and the Hooker and Tasman Glaciers.
The trip can be started from either valley but, for safety reasons and in order to gain the best views, the recommended route is to start at the White Horse Hill camping area and travel up the East Hooker, over Ball Pass (sidling around under Mounts Rosa and Mabel) and down the Ball Ridge to the Tasman Valley and Ball Hut.