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

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#1 of 36 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 Mt. Cook Village using our Mt. Cook Village planner .
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  • You can enjoy light no doubt fucker Valley at 3 hours over the course of the four-hour relatively slowly, so even for beginners. During the course of the three suspension bridges, this also landscape blend. And in front of the glacier in Mount Cook and glacial lakes at the goal, benches for resting. While watching the majestic views of Mount Cook hiking will be unforgettable.
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  • A must do when visiting Mt Cook! It’s a 45 minute walk (suggested, it took us about 25 in the end) from the Hermitage Hotel and even from there the view is spectacular. The suspension bridges are high...  more »
  • Easy hike from White horse hill camping, through well made track. Three suspension bridges, several look out points and a picnic spot at the end of the track. Great views of Mt Cook on the way on a cl...  more »
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  • This was an enjoyable and moderately challenging walk. There was little change in elevation, but frequent change in terrain and direction. We are mid 20s and high fitness and were able to complete the return trip in 2 hours, but it is accomplishable by people of all ages and skills. Hikers are rewarded with fantastic views of mountain sides and waterfalls. The suspension bridges were well built and perfect for picture taking of the rapids below. The glacier and lake view at the end of the hike was icing on the cake. Be sure to dress warmly and prepare to get wet, we were battered and completely exposed the entire time were hiking. We saw people who were soaked in fleeces and jeans that were miserable. Of the day hikes we've done in New Zealand, this was one of our favourites. Highly recommended.
  • I started my car at 5am and spent 1 hour to find the entrance as it was completely dark outside. There is a toilet at the entrance and it took me around three and half hours for a return. No one else but only me. I was quite excited feeling like a great adventure. You will come cross three bridges and find a lake at the end of the track. You are not allowed to go beyond the lake and Mt Cook is right in front of you. I experienced the mountain view from dark to dawn and as I am alone it is beautifully quite. Oh, it is cold as well. Enjoy :)
  • This is a 'must do' walk. The track has been upgraded since we walked it last in the 90's! Easy track including boardwalk. It has become very busy though with lots of tourists. Mt Cook & the Hooker glacier with its terminal lake are both awe inspiring.
  • Amazing walk. Bang for buck! Short enough that you can blitz it in 2 hours and change if necessary. Which means, you can walk during magic hour when the colours (and your photos) are at its best, and make it back before it gets completely dark. Even if you don’t make it to the end, and the finale wasn’t the best part for me, seeing Mt Cook with the river in the foreground is amaze balls!
  • Wonderful, easy going track! Definitely doable for those with more limited mobility or fitness levels (not wheelchair accessible though) but it is fairly long. Bring a rain coat in case and allow 2-3 hours return.
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