Hooker Valley Track, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

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#1 of 38 in Outdoors in Mackenzie District
Must see · Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
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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  • I am so happy I decided to do this walk soon after checking into our accommodation as the weather was beautiful and warm and the next day we woke up to rain. I decided to start the walk from our...  more »
  • This is a lovely, largely flat walk with beautiful views. It’s a well marked track with three swing bridges.  more »
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  • This is definitely one of the best hikes for casual hikers like me. Most parts of track is flat and easy walks, with beautiful landscape and snow capped mountains along the way, making the hike is so enjoyable. We spent total of 4 hours return, stopping at almost every turn for photos and admiring the scenery. We will definitely want to be back again!
  • Amazing walk to an amazing spot. There are a number of stairs, gravel paths and wooden paths, and stunning views everywhere you look. We went in early Jan and it was 25 degrees but still plenty of icebergs in the lake.

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