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The Hooker Valley Track

Location - Mt Cook National Park, South Island, New Zealand
Distance - 16km return
Time - allow 2-4 hours
Difficulty - Easy

The Hooker Valley Track is located in The Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park on the south Island of New Zealand. It's an easy walk on well-maintained track and is a 16km round trip, roughly 1.5 hours each way. The scenery and views are stunning but this is commonplace in New Zealand!

For anyone of moderate fitness and hiking experience this is an easy walk. A good pair of hiking boots, water, food and a camera would be your essential items. But this is New Zealand – The weather will determine what else you need to carry. Make sure you wear adequate layers and remember that conditions can change very quickly. In summer make sure you take sunscreen and insect repellent.

The journey

Walking along the valley between two huge mountains – Mount Sefton (3,151 m) and Mount Wakefield (1,740 m) and the valley leads towards the base of Mount Cook/Aoraki (3,724 m). The trail follows Hooker River for the most part where you cross the water course several times via swing bridges. At the Stocking Stream Shelter is a composing toilet. The trail ends out at Hooker Lake.

This glacial lake at the base of Mount Cook/Aoraki is a beautiful greyish blue from the ground rock and often has a few icebergs floating on the surface varying is size. Stay a while and watch the icebergs split if half and turn over, each section tipping over creating a mini tsunami that crashed against the shore. You may even see or hear the sounds of avalanches crashing down the mountains.

Highlights

  • Hooker Lake at Sunset
  • Walking through a mega valley
  • Suits almost all hiking abilities

Getting there

Drive to the Mount Cook National Park Via Twizel, taking the right just before the village onto Hooker Valley Road.

Essential Gear

  • Food and water
  • Suitable alpine clothing – Do not underestimate how cold it can get!
  • Sun protection (Sunscreen & a hat)
  • Camera & tripod

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Meditation
  • Sightseeing by helicopter or plane
  • Mountaineering (if you're experienced)

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Luen Warneke

Luen Warneke

Adventurer first, content maker second. I love to explore the great outdoors no matter the expedition. There are so many activities that allow us to connect with nature and one another.

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