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 was a fantastic walk. We got a view of the top of Mount Cook most of the time but then the clouds came over. The scenery was still stunning and the view at the end awesome  more »
  • We started around 9am in late February which worked out well - with the high mountains it takes a bit of time for the sun to bring the valley out of shadow. This also cut down on the number of other h...  more »
  • In a few hours (3 hours + 2 hours if you leave from the village) this excursion, very well marked and easy, allows you to discover the scenery of the Hooker Valley and mount Coock
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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!