Mitre Peak, New Zealand

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For the mountain in the lower North Island, see Mitre, New Zealand.
Mitre Peak
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Mitre Peak, Milford Sound
Elevation 1,692 m (5,551 ft)
Parent peak Aoraki/Mount Cook
Location
Mitre Peak is located in New Zealand
Mitre Peak
Mitre Peak
South Island, New Zealand
Coordinates 44°38′S 167°51′E / 44.633°S 167.850°E / -44.633; 167.850Coordinates: 44°38′S 167°51′E / 44.633°S 167.850°E / -44.633; 167.850

Mitre Peak is an iconic mountain in the South Island of New Zealand. It is one of the most photographed peaks in the country.

The distinctive shape of the peak in southern New Zealand gives the mountain its name, after the mitre headwear of Christian bishops. It was named by a survey crew from the HMS Acheron.

Part of the reason for its iconic status is its location. Close to the shore of Milford Sound, in the Fiordland National Park in the southwestern South Island, it is a stunning sight. Rising to 1,692 metres (i.e. just over a mile) from the water of the sound (more technically a fjord), it is actually a closely grouped set of five peaks, although from most easily accessible viewpoints it appears as a single point.

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