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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  • This walk immerses you into the true wild NZ. You feel like you’re miles away from anywhere.. and yet it’s only 2.3 / 3 hours return. Great walkways and beautiful river crossings with swing bridges. T...  more »
  • The views on this walk are simply breathtaking. There had been snowfall the previous day which made it even more picturesque. The walk takes around 3 hours there and back and is relatively easy. You g...  more »
  • Great hike through beautiful country, still parts with snow after the over night drop. Easy walk over 3-4 hours up and back (same track both ways). Head out by foot from the Hermitage crossing Hooker ...  more »
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  • We joined the track from the Hermitage hotel (and later found out that there was a campground further up where we could park). Roundtrip from the Hermitage the track took us four and a half to five hours. Although the track was a bit foggy when we departed, the clouds cleared and we were greeted with breathtaking views. The track was relatively easy, with little elevation. If you enjoy sightseeing, walking, or simply a relaxing way to see the outdoors on the south island it is absolutely worth making time for.
  • This track is very easy, popular, and the main points along it are within a fairly short walk of the start. The views from the glacier lake are fantastic - if you only have half a day to spend at Mt Cook, this is the track to use.
  • 5.2kms Each way.. An easy walk for average fitness and ability. Wide well groomed track. Astonishing views as your tight up against the mighty Sthrn ALPS... sporadic avalanche activity too. Best time to walk or run this track in OUT OF TOURIST season.... Sept - November and April to June ...otherwise it's a constant flow of noise and people...
  • Very very very scenic and beautiful. This is the best view I got among all the other tracks I have been. 3 hours return, easy track, height gain is only 80 meters.
  • Stunning in winter!!! Has become our annual winter trip😀 shouldn't be missed out in your life. Easy to walk track and even okay for 8+ children
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