Hooker Valley Track, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
(4.8/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Hooker Valley Track and many more Mt. Cook Village attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Mt. Cook Village trip generator.
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  • Has to be one of the easiest tracks for the best views! Can't think of a better ROI. We easily covered in 4 hours return with multiple stops on the way and lot of time spent at the hooker lake. Saw ic...  more »
  • A nice, leisurely walk up the valley towards the foot of Mt. Cook. The weather is variable in this area, but the Hooker Valley Track was enjoyable even with clouds, fog, and rain. Nice views of a rive...  more »
  • Walking this track was one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand. It's a fairly easy walk that took us around 4 hours roundtrip. The track is primarily gravel with some portions on wooden plank...  more »
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  • Excellent hike, especially during the winter when it's crisper and the avalanches suddenly start in the distance. Beautiful views of Mt Cook, the Hooker Valley and the glacier.
  • Absolutely fantastic hike with phenomenal views. A total must do.
  • Well maintained. Good walking track for a chilli morning❄️
  • Great walking with some simply stunning views
  • Easy walk with probably the best view of mount cook on a clear day. That being said, if it is a clear day consider timing it with sunset because it's even more gorgeous!