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 Mt. Cook Village using our Mt. Cook Village planner .
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  • It's a long hike (2-4 hours depending on your speed and how long you picnic at the lake), but it absolutely worth it. The skill level required is not very much....there are a few sets of stairs, but s...  more »
  • This very popular hike (easy level, 11 km ROUND-TRIP on well-marked ground, 3 to 4 hours according to the level and pace) offers beautiful views over the Valley (in the background, you can see the blue waters of Lake Putaki) and on the snowy peaks. Mount Cook is revealed and hidden according to the ride and arrival at the glacial Lake is a great reward. Attention: the very accessible level of this hike and the beauty of its landscapes make it a very busy. Better get there early if you want to park in the parking lot (Tip: Park in the village, even if is slightly lengthen the promenade, to avoid traffic jams at the entrance and exit of the parking).
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  • This 3 hour return hike is a must when visiting the east side of Mt Cook. The views of the southern Alps are amazing. Easy hike with steady but minimal incline is doable for all ages. Beautiful suspen...  more »
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  • Such a beautiful walk in any season! The lake is amazing with the icebergs. This walk is hard and slow going when covered in snow - track is not visible when covered and there are very few markers on this track. This track is obviously a lot quieter in winter but be aware that the road leading to this track does close if it is iced over! You can still access by walking from the track near the heritage hotel.
  • You have to walk pass 3 suspension bridges and be rewarded with nice views of a lake with iceberg in it. It is worth it, so finish it. Beautiful scenery along the way too. Bring food to enjoy a scenic and breezy picnic at the end. And 1.5 litre of water in summer. Saw some dudes swimming in the icy lake to impress the gals.
  • Beautiful hike. This track is very gentle and offers breathtaking views the entire way. It ends at a glacial lake nearly at the foot of Mt Cook. This hike is definitely worth the drive and is one of the most gorgeous spots I've seen on the south island.
  • Magnificent scenery! The only downside is the number of tourists but you're part of that problem too. Highly recommend veering off the trail to the right just before the end. This small path takes you past the hordes to a much better view point we're you can soak in the glorious views by yourself. It takes you about half way down the lake towards the glacier. Wear hiking clothes and decent footwear as this is the mountains and weather can and does change. Saw 2 people with runners hobbling with twisted ankles from the trail.
  • Really nice trail .. goes between two lakes and boasts amazing views of the mountain, glacier, both Crystal blue lakes, and the river in between. If you're lucky and can go there in spring, you can also see lots of wild flowers along the way. It took us 2.5 hrs including the photo stop at the end.

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