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 Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) using our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) planner.
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  • Definitely do the Hooker Valley Track when at Mt Cook. It’s an easy walk, almost completely flat, and can be completed within 3 hours, but the views are utterly rewarding. 
    Definitely do the Hooker Valley Track when at Mt Cook. It’s an easy walk, almost completely flat, and can be completed within 3 hours, but the views are utterly rewarding.  more »
  • This place is absolutely stunning 🤩 We did it in the rain.. and have no regrets.. it was completely safe, just be sure to wear good rain gear… and bring a nice drink to have when you get to the... 
    This place is absolutely stunning 🤩 We did it in the rain.. and have no regrets.. it was completely safe, just be sure to wear good rain gear… and bring a nice drink to have when you get to the...  more »
  • This walk is truly amazing.. Fully recommended this to anyone. Well worth the drive and the views. Make sure you go right to the end of the walk 
    This walk is truly amazing.. Fully recommended this to anyone. Well worth the drive and the views. Make sure you go right to the end of the walk  more »
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  • Its an awesome hike which almost everyone can do. It takes 3 hours total to complete the hike. The view is amazing throughout as you make your way through twist, turns and 3 suspension bridges. Make sure to apply your sunscreen as most of the walkway is not under shade. There are heaps of places where you can stop and click amazing pictures. There is one public toilet along the way which is i believe situated close to the end. I haven't hiked in a long time but still found the hike pretty easy. The hike ends with you in front of the lake and majestic mount cook.
  • Wow, whatever time of year you visit, it's always breathtaking. It's a great track for all ages and abilities. There are 3 swing bridges that might take a bit of a deep breath to cross but they are very sturdy and safe. Take layers as the weather can change very quickly.
  • The best short walk in NZ! 10km return will take you around 3 hours return to walk it. If you are not up to the full 10km I highly recommend going to just past the second swing bridge. Just past the second bridge you will see awesome views of MT Cook and there is also a toilet and picnic tables there for a sit down. Great walk. Track gets a little busy so go mid week or perhaps off peak if you don’t like crowds.
  • Trekked at the end of September when it was cold and raining, and the walk was definitely still manageable! It took us slightly below 3 hours for ~10km to and fro, excluding the time spent at the glacier lake. Layer up as it does get cold, especially at the glacier lake! The views are fantastic, easy walk on mostly flat ground and family-friendly too — we saw older couples, and also families with young children.
  • The most stunning view of mount cook you can see through the track of walk. Pretty easy way to walk along the track. It took me like 3hrs walking round trip with a series of pictures along the way. Shouldnt miss if you come to this area. I choose this track as i also bring my 60-year old mother along with me. Then it is pretty easy and walkable.

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