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New Zealand Region High Points

RankRegionPeak Elev-M Range (Level 3)Ascents
1.TaranakiMount Taranaki2518New Zealand North Island80
2.Wanganui-ManawatuMount Ruapehu2797New Zealand North Island63
3.CanterburyMount Cook3724Southern Alps29
4.MarlboroughTapuae-o-Uenuku2885Lesser South Island Ranges22
5.West CoastMount Tasman3497Southern Alps7
6.WaikatoParetetaitonga2751New Zealand North Island5
7.OtagoMount Earnslaw2830Southern Alps3
7.WellingtonMitre1571New Zealand North Island3
9.NorthlandTe Raupua781New Zealand North Island2
10.TasmanMount Franklin2340Lesser South Island Ranges1
10.GisborneHikurangi1752New Zealand North Island1
10.Hawke’s BayMakorako1726New Zealand North Island1
13.SouthlandMount Tutoko2723Lesser South Island Ranges0
13.Bay of PlentyKapua1467New Zealand North Island0
13.NelsonSaddle Hill1215Lesser South Island Ranges0
13.AucklandMount Hauturu722New Zealand North Island0
13.Chatham and Other Outlying IslandsMount Dick705Minor Australia-New Zealand Outlying Islands0

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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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