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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  • Yes, the path and the viewpoint were extremely busy, but it was certainly worth the effort. It took us about 2.5 hours there and back, which included a stop to admire the glacier and the ice bergs. Re...  more »
  • A 10 km trail without gradient. Perfect for a walk to the Mount Cook with the Hooker Lake, where reside the ice floes of the Hooker glacier.
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  • Some of the views are impressive, but the track is very crowded. We were here on a Monday in early March, on a rainy and blustery day and there was an unending stream of people.  more »
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  • I started my car at 5am and spent 1 hour to find the entrance as it was completely dark outside. There is a toilet at the entrance and it took me around three and half hours for a return. No one else but only me. I was quite excited feeling like a great adventure. You will come cross three bridges and find a lake at the end of the track. You are not allowed to go beyond the lake and Mt Cook is right in front of you. I experienced the mountain view from dark to dawn and as I am alone it is beautifully quite. Oh, it is cold as well. Enjoy :)
  • Amazing walk. Bang for buck! Short enough that you can blitz it in 2 hours and change if necessary. Which means, you can walk during magic hour when the colours (and your photos) are at its best, and make it back before it gets completely dark. Even if you don’t make it to the end, and the finale wasn’t the best part for me, seeing Mt Cook with the river in the foreground is amaze balls!
  • Wonderful easy walk. Yes it will take a few hours to get there and back but this is because of the distance not the difficulty. The track is very well maintained and the three suspension are fun to cross (maybe less for those afraid of heights). The views at the end are amazing and there were a few baby icebergs in the lake when we got there. Bring proper clothing as temperatures change rapidly there... And you might want to wait a little if it is cloudy at the end since it could change quickly and the clouds could move out in a few minutes to give you the amazing views. Patience often pays in these mountains !
  • One of the best walking trails in the south islands. Well worth the hype and the long walk! The hike is very scenic from start to finish. Seems to be a rather crowded spot at first but as you walk further, it seemed to have less people. It's not too difficult as there are no steep slopes to climb. However the long walk might be bothersome to some that lack basic physical fitness.
  • Busy. Extremely busy but still worth it. I am the biggest fan of seeing icebergs and the Hooker Valley Lake delivered! The swing bridges are not actually all that swing-y but they're still cool. Be prepared to be shoulder-to-shoulder with people for the first portion of the track if you're there in the high season. It was also nice to see that they have large picnic tables because you will likely want to hang out there at the overlook or maybe down at the beach for a while.

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