In South Canterbury, in the shadow of the Southern Alps, is the Mackenzie Country, It is an open region of tussocklands with few trees, and lakes fill several valleys that once carried glaciers. Although these glaciers have retreated since the last ice age, they still flow down from the alps, almost to the head of the lakes.
The highest point in the Southern Alps is Mt Cook, or Aoraki to the Maori, at 3754m. There are many sky fields in the alps, particularly in the Mackenzie Country and Arthur's Pass regions.
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