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 Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) using our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) planner.
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  • By far, the best hiking track I’ve tried so far in New Zealand! It’s about a 3-hour return, might take longer if you’d want to sometimes stop and take all the beauty in or take photos maybe. The...  more »
  • We always do this walk when in the area. 10 kilometres round trip on a well formed track with swing bridges, boarded walkways and with the most spectacular views. We were again lucky with the weather....  more »
  • Having recently learnt my iwi is Kai Tahu, I made this a goal, to see my mountain before the year ended and I was not disappointed!!! The views are to die for, we also enjoyed hearing and seeing...  more »

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