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

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#1 of 36 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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  • We did the Hooker Valley trail in May, just after NZ dropped to Covid Alert Level 2. It was a great time to do it with the lack of tourists around. Because of the popularity the Hooker Trail is...  more »
  • Well worth the 3 hour return trip as the scenery is stunning the whole way with spectacular views of Mt Cook and the surrounding mountains. Cross swing bridges over the pale blue rock flour rivers...  more »

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