Photo: Main Divide Mountain Range Southern Alps South Island New Zealand

The Main Divide, also known as the Southern Alps, are a ridge of mountains on the South Island of New Zealand which divide the East Coast from the West. The Main Divide is also shared by two national parks: Westland National Park and Mt Cook National Park

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Main Divide Mountain Range Southern Alps South Island New Zealand
Aerial photo of the Main Divide - the Southern Alps situated in the South Island of New Zealand.
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New Zealand's highest mountains are featured along the Main Divide, of the Southern Alps, where the West is separated from the East.

Majestic mountains and their snowfields spill glaciers both East and West from this apex. The Main Divide is shared by two of New Zealand's National Parks namely Westland National Park and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

As the name suggests, Westland National Park covers the western slopes of the Southern Alps and includes the famous Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, while Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park plays host to New Zealand's tallest mountain - Mount Cook and covers an area of 70,696 hectares. It is also home to New Zealand's longest and largest glacier - the Tasman Glacier.

Both of these national parks are a part of Te Waipounamu - South Westland UNESCO World Heritage Site which also includes Fiordland National Park to the south.

The Main Divide which separates the West and East Coasts and the Mount Cook National Park and Westland National Park along the Southern Alps, South Island, New Zealand.

This picture is part of the photo album "New Zealand Mountains" - there are more beautiful images waiting for you.

Technical Information for this photo:

I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/5.6, exposure time of 1/640 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 24mm.

Photo:
Main Divide Mountain Range Southern Alps South Island New Zealand
Photographer:
Rolf Hicker Photography
Picture ID:
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