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

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#1 of 38 in Outdoors in Mackenzie District
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 Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) using our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) planner .
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  • We actually came back to Mount Cook the day after our glacier excursion because we heard such great things about this track. And we were so happy we did! It ended up being our favorite hike the whole ...  more »
  • A tremendous walk up towards Mt. Cook. Crosses 3 suspension bridges and ends up at a glacial lake that contains a few bergy bits. Running shoes, heavy sandals or light hiking shoes would be appropriat...  more »
  • We chose to walk the Hooker Valley Track which is 3 hours return. Fantastic views with three suspension bridges to walk across and you never no whats around the corner. The track is very easy, you nee...  more »
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  • Realistically nearly anyone could do the hike. We took 2 hours not including sitting down at the end of the trail. We did walk fast but shouldn't take more than 3 hours! Beautiful hills, 3 bridges that sway a bit, and bit windy. Loved every second of it. (go early so parking is easier)
  • A great track offering good views of the Mount Cook area. The track is very simple and has almost no elevation changes, meaning it is very easy and can be walked by anyone from kids to elderly. At the end of the track there is a great viewpoint to sit at, or you could go down a few steps to the Hooker Lake (be warned though, it can get pretty cold) It takes about 3 hours to do the track, including stopping for pictures and a nice picnic at the viewpoint. But it's definitely time well spent.
  • Fairly easy walking trail for all ages. Stunning views of Mount Cook. VERY popular trail so be sure to go early in the day to avoid the throngs of tourists. Otherwise the crowds can make it feel a bit like walking through a shopping mall.
  • Easy trail suitable for all ages - if you're looking for more of a challenge and gorgeous views, highly recommend following the Mueller Hut Track. Only 1882 steps to the halfway point leaves you with a beautiful view of Mt. Cook (there is a large bench to relax and eat lunch/snacks while taking it all in. Climb a little higher (careful, tougher trail on loose rocks) and you'll find yourself staring at a snow covered mountain with water streaming underneath the ice/snow - might even see an avalanche or two depending on the weather.
  • A decent and easy walk to amazing view. It was raining while we visited and the wind started heavily right after we walked a little and it started snowing. So kinda saw multiple season on the trail. So go in with well prepared clothing.
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