Hooker Valley Track, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

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One of New Zealand's most popular walks, Hooker Valley Track passes through diverse landscapes encompassed by a vast national park including the country's highest mountain. Suitable for nature lovers of all ages and skill levels, this half-day hike leads to several scenic lookouts and crosses the Hooker River via three swing bridges. As you traverse the route with sweeping views of Aoraki/Mount Cook's towering peaks, see if you can recognize some of the native flowers, which include celmisia and buttercup. The walking trail ends at a sparkling glacial lake, offering unobstructed vistas of the Southern Alps. Expect changeable weather conditions and wear shoes suitable for rugged terrain. Arrange to visit Hooker Valley Track and other attractions in Mt. Cook Village using our Mt. Cook Village planner .
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  • October 8, 2017
    3 hour round trip track. Easy trail with few stairs and steep inclines. Good for all ages and athletic ability. Wide walkway with three swinging bridges. Multiple stops to sit and eat lunch at the pic...  more »
  • October 5, 2017
    We took our kids 8 and 9 all the way up to the glacier in about 2.5 hours in a great morning walk. Amazing views of Mount Cook up so close and the icebergs in the glacier lake. We were lucky to strike...  more »
  • October 5, 2017
    Really enjoyable walk! We did it in September and be prepared for the fact that the road leading up to the start is closed- you need to find parking elseware. We had a 6-berth camper and had to drive ...  more »
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  • September 17, 2017
    Nice place, but heavy rain during my visit. Please bring your rain coat.
  • May 30, 2017
    Nice and easy trek. Mostly plains. The hanging bridge at the end of the trail is beautiful, with Mount Cook in the background and a wild stream flowing beneath the bridge
  • May 12, 2017
    It's a fair easy walk. Involved some steps but you can take it slow. It can get really foggy in the early morning when I went in late April (mid autumn) but it cleared up when the sun is up. You can really spend a few hours and simply enjoy the tranquility.
  • May 23, 2017
    A must do around Mt. Cook - the valley walk is easy and beautiful. Great views at sunset as well. Takes some time to get a view of Mt. Cook on the trail though.
  • June 29, 2017
    Excellent, easy walk. Go first thing in the morning. The fog lifted at 10am and we had spectacular views of Mt. Cook. Beautiful views of Mt. Sefton as well.

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