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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  • This was one of our favorite hikes during our New Zealand trip. We started early to avoid crowds and the weather was misty and chilly. By the end of the hike the sun was out and the mist had stopped. ...  more »
  • We have about the end point approximately 1.5 hours and an awful lot of pictures taken on the go. Really very beautiful! You're not hiking shoes (sneakers are fine) or walking sticks. We even have strollers. So worth it for so little effort!
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  • The lake is only a beautiful end to a beautiful trail... The views on the different mounts and glaciers are absolutely stunning...  more »
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  • Nice place, but heavy rain during my visit. Please bring your rain coat.
  • 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.
  • Excellent, easy walk. Go first thing in the morning. The fog lifted at 10am and we had spectacular views of Mt. Cook. Beautiful views of Mt. Sefton as well.

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