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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  • One of the most popular hiking trails in the Mount Cook National Park. Expect also works with many other hikers. Rather, the way has the character of a spar decorative path with elaborately built suspension bridges and Bordwalks. There is no notable gradients. If someone as exhausting feels the way only because of its length (depending on walking speed 1 1/2 hours to the glacier lake, yes even back out). Although there no circuit is, the way is still absolutely recommended, because the impressions of nature on the way back are again totally different.
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  • Enjoyed our walk here. The track is well marked and there were a lot of people walking it when we were here.  more »
  • A truly excellent experience and not too difficult. My wife and I are in our late 60s and not particularly fit but were able to compete the walk in 1.5 hours each way, including stopping frequently to...  more »
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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!