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. 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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  • This memorial is in the Hooker Valley on a short trail towards the glacier. It was placed many years ago to honor several climbers who perished on the way to summit Mt. Cook. Since then, several other...  more »
  • Couldn't stop smiling the entire time we walked this trail. It was like being on another planet. All of the view points and points of interest were well worth checking out. So glad we decided to do it...  more »
  • The mount cook side is so much better than Franz Josef side. We were looking to choose our drive south from Christ Church to Queenstown, either going on west (Franz Josef) or east (mount cook)side. We...  more »
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  • Nice and easy trek. Mostly plains. The hanging bridge at the end of the trail is beautiful, with Mount Cook in the background and a wild stream flowing beneath the bridge
  • It's a fair easy walk. Involved some steps but you can take it slow. It can get really foggy in the early morning when I went in late April (mid autumn) but it cleared up when the sun is up. You can really spend a few hours and simply enjoy the tranquility.
  • A must do around Mt. Cook - the valley walk is easy and beautiful. Great views at sunset as well. Takes some time to get a view of Mt. Cook on the trail though.
  • Great track for hiking. Not difficult at all but sun is really strong so need sunblock to protect your skin. Beautiful nature Incredible lake and mountains.
  • Hooker Valley track is a very nice and easy walk to the Hooker Valley from where you can see beautiful Mount Aoraki/Cook and a part of glacier. The best views are in a sunny weather because Mount Cook is hiding behind the clouds. From the Hooker Valley Mount cook looks really scary - it looks like crocodile face or something.