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New Zealand Region High Points

RankRegionPeak Elev-M Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.CanterburyMount Cook3754Southern Alps 
2.West CoastMount Tasman3497Southern Alps 
3.MarlboroughTapuae-o-Uenuku2885Lesser South Island Ranges 
4.OtagoMount Earnslaw2830Southern Alps 
5.Wanganui-ManawatuMount Ruapehu2797New Zealand North Island 
6.WaikatoParetetaitonga2751New Zealand North Island 
7.SouthlandTutoko2723Lesser South Island Ranges 
8.TaranakiMount Taranaki2518New Zealand North Island 
9.TasmanMount Franklin2340Lesser South Island Ranges 
10.GisborneHikurangi1752New Zealand North Island 
11.Hawke’s BayMakorako1726New Zealand North Island 
12.WellingtonMitre1571New Zealand North Island 
13.Bay of PlentyKapua1467New Zealand North Island 
14.NelsonSaddle Hill1215Lesser South Island Ranges 
15.NorthlandTutamoe770New Zealand North Island 
16.NZ Outlying IslandsMount Dick705Minor Australia-New Zealand Outlying Islands 
17.AucklandKohukohunui688New Zealand North Island 

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List Description

New Zealand, unlike countries such as the United States, Canada, and Australia, does not have a tradition of strong local administrative divisions like states or provinces. As such, the list of 17 regions presented here are of relatively recent vintage and are not as well-recognized as, for example, the states of the U.S. or Australia. However, it is all we have to work with if we want a list for New Zealand equivalent to a state high point list.

There are only really 16 regions defined for New Zeland, and the 17th, the "Outlying Islands", is an artifical construct I created to hold the peaks on the Chatham Islands, Auckland Islands, the Snares, Campbell Island, Antipodes Islands, Bounty Islands, and the Kermandec Islands. All of these are conisdered part of metropolitan New Zealand, in contrast to the dependencies of the Cook Islands, Tokelau, and Niue, so therefore should be part of a region. I could not determine which region these islands belonged to, so I created a new region to hold them.

This looks like a fun list to try and complete, with a nice variety to it. The peaks in the Southern Alps are very difficult, but the remainder do not seem unduly hard to attain, except for getting to the Auckland Islands to do Mount Dick.


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