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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  • I cant believe it... I walked 3 long hours and i didn't see a single hooker! I'm confident to say i'll never be coming back  more »
  • Although the weather wasn’t fantastic it didn’t really matter as the walk was really memorable and well worth it. Even if you think you aren’t super fit you can take your time and enjoy the scenery...  more »
  • This had beevien on our wish list to do for a while. We tackled it on an afternoon that kicked up a blustery head wind which made some of the swing bridge crossings (there are 3 of them...  more »
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  • This is definitely one of the best hikes for casual hikers like me. Most parts of track is flat and easy walks, with beautiful landscape and snow capped mountains along the way, making the hike is so enjoyable. We spent total of 4 hours return, stopping at almost every turn for photos and admiring the scenery. We will definitely want to be back again!
  • Amazing walk to an amazing spot. There are a number of stairs, gravel paths and wooden paths, and stunning views everywhere you look. We went in early Jan and it was 25 degrees but still plenty of icebergs in the lake.
  • The weather had been terrible the first couple of days but cleared up the day we left so my husband, daughter (3yo) and I decided to go. The track was flat, but stoney, however, the trek was super easy and comfortable that was daughter was able to do the majority of the trek herself. The view was so beautiful. I would highly recommend going on this track because although it is a long trek (3-4hr return) the view you get to see is so worth it.
  • By far, the best hiking track I’ve tried so far in New Zealand! It’s about a 3-hour return, might take longer if you’d want to sometimes stop and take all the beauty in or take photos maybe. The track is quite easy, barely any incline or rocky, steep steps. And the view is just BREATHTAKING. My favourite are the views along the long, wooden plank with the view of the snow-capped, majestic, Mt Aoraki. The best during a clear, cloudless day! ❤️⛰
  • Amazing place, very special part of New Zealand. Great views of Mount Cook, Mount Hicks LA Peruse. So many amazing walks great camp sites.

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