I started this thread in hopes to convince you to visit New Zealand and see Mt.Cook while you're there. I lived in New Zealand for 6 years and I guarantee you it wont be a wasted trip. There are countless natural wonders in New Zealand and the air feels fresh. Mt.Cook in specific is a prime example of how gorgeous New Zealand can be. I started an amateur hub on the matter, but you're better off booking a ticket to New Zealand rather than reading a hub.